Our Team

Gehr Hospitality
David Lifschitz

David Lifschitz

Chief Executive Officer

David Lifschitz

David Lifschitz is Chief Executive Officer of The Gehr Group overseeing all aspects of The Gehr Group’s four principal business units – Gehr Hospitality, Gehr Development, Gehr Industries, and Gehr International. Mr. Lifschitz joined The Gehr Group in 1995 as CFO and CIO. In 2009 he became COO, in 2010 he became President, and in March 2015 he was appointed as CEO. As CEO, David directs the company’s operations, as one of only two executives with oversight across all divisions, with the objective of maximizing efficiency and return on invested capital. He is actively involved in business strategy, marketing activity, and operations at the division level. Mr. Lifschitz is also serves as a trustee for the Gehr Family Foundation.

Prior to joining The Gehr Group, David spent a decade at the Enterprise Group of Arthur Andersen, advising public and privately-held and fast-growing companies in the entertainment, broadcasting, manufacturing, publishing, high-tech, wholesale distribution and retail industries. Mr. Lifschitz is a CPA, received his MBA from University of Southern California (USC), and his BA in Psychology from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

David Lifschitz
Mark Goldman

Mark Goldman

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Counsel

Mark Goldman

Mark Goldman is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Counsel of The Gehr Group. Mr. Goldman joined The Gehr Group in 2012 after previously serving as outside counsel for 28 years. Mark is in charge of all legal matters for The Gehr Group and its subsidiaries, as well as overseeing all work conducted by outside law firms pertaining to business transactions and litigation. Mr. Goldman also serves as a trustee for the Gehr Family Foundation.

Mr. Goldman has over 50 years of experience working on sophisticated legal cases in entertainment, family, and real estate as well as advising in numerous real estate transactions. Prior to joining The Gehr Group, Mr. Goldman was the owner of his own law firm  Goldman & Kagon Law Corporation. He also served as in-house counsel for Mapleton Investments where he handled all acquisition, divestitures, legal contracts, and agreements for the private venture capital firm. Mr. Goldman received his JD from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’s School of Law and also received a BA in economics at UCLA.<

Mark Goldman
Thuong Luong

Thuong Luong

Chief Investment Officer

Thuong Luong

Thuong Luong is Chief Investment Officer of Gehr Hospitality and focuses on the expansion of the firm’s hospitality portfolio. Ms. Luong is responsible for the firm’s hotel portfolio and oversees the sourcing, acquisition, financing and asset management of both existing and future investments.

Prior to joining Gehr Hospitality in 2016, Ms. Luong was Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management at Laurus Corporation, a commercial real estate investment company. While at Laurus, Ms. Luong worked on over one billion dollar of real estate acquisitions of hotels, office buildings and retail. She was also responsible for all aspects of the acquisition process including due diligence, structuring, financing and portfolio management. Before joining Laurus, Ms. Luong was a senior associate at Credit Suisse Bank working on underwriting and structuring alternative investments and prior to that, she was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank Securities.  

Ms. Luong serves as a Board member of A Community of Friends, a non-profit organization that focuses on the development and providing affordable housing for veterans and homeless individuals with chronic mental illness. She also spent a year in Southeast Asian working on microfinance with local communities in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Ms. Luong has a bachelor degree in finance and international business from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Thuong Luong
Molly Caccamo

Molly Caccamo

Vice President Acquisitions

Molly Caccamo

Molly serves as the Vice President Acquisitions for Gehr Hospitality where she is involved in various aspects of acquisition, disposition, financing, and asset management of the company’s investments. Her responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting, and executing new acquisitions, securing financing for new and existing assets, and managing capital for ongoing projects.

Prior to joining Gehr, Molly was a Director with Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Equity, Debt & Structured Finance team and, previously, a Director with Ackman Ziff’s Hospitality Group where she completed approximately $1.5 billion in hotel transactions. Molly served as a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Hospitality and Leisure Practice where she provided consulting services including market studies, feasibility analyses, acquisition due diligence, REIT lease structuring, and valuation of hospitality and commercial real estate investments. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Molly Caccamo

Ed Duess

Asset Manager

Ed Duess

Ed Duess serves as the Asset Manager for Gehr Hospitality, where he focuses on maximizing the value of the company’s investment portfolio. His responsibilities include executing the portfolio’s business plans, project managing renovations, and streamlining property operations.

Prior to joining Gehr Hospitality, Ed worked with DiNapoli Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment firm. During his time there, Ed focused on asset management activities such as improving the hotel portfolio’s performance, project managing renovations, underwriting prospective acquisitions and acted as the interim General Manager for one of their properties. Prior to DiNapoli, Ed spent over a decade in various management roles in the rooms, food & beverage, and sales & marketing divisions at several hotels, most recently The London West Hollywood, The Beverly Hilton, and the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Ed is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at UCLA Anderson School of Management with a focus on Real Estate Finance. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration.

Max Paetzold

Max Paetzold

Vice President Finance

Max Paetzold

Max Paetzold is the Vice President of Finance for The Gehr Group. He oversees all finance and accounting related functions, including accounting, financial reporting, tax, compliance, credit & collections and internal controls. His responsibilities also include financial aspects of modeling for sales, procurement, inventory management and overhead.

Prior to joining Gehr, Mr. Paetzold held leadership positions at several companies including at The Honest Company where he was VP Financial Operations and VP Corporate Controller, at JR286 Inc. where he was Director of Finance, and at 20th Century Fox where he was Senior Vice President Finance for International TV Distribution. Previously Mr. Paetzold was an Experienced Manager with the Enterprise Group at the Los Angeles office of Arthur Andersen, providing accounting and financial advisory services to middle-market private and public companies in the professional services, consumer products, retail, entertainment, advertising, hi-tech, real estate, food services, and manufacturing and distribution industries. Mr. Paetzold is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University.

Max Paetzold
Eric Kang

Eric Kang

Vice President IT

Eric Kang

Eric Kang is the Vice President of Information Technology for The Gehr Group. He oversees all application development, firewall administration, IT contract negotiations, infrastructure development, network & security administration, budgeting, IT operations and strategic planning. His responsibilities also include oversight of a five-person IT team.

Prior to joining Gehr, Eric was an enterprise resource planning (ERP) consultant at Computer Solutions. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Chapman University.

Eric Kang
Mario Yanigiharo

Mario Yanigiharo

Vice President Controller

Mario Yanigiharo

Mario Yanigiharo is the Vice President Controller for The Gehr Group. He oversees consolidated financial reporting for Gehr’s 19 entities and cash flow management for the company.

Prior to joining Gehr, Mario served several rolls at GE Brazil including Accountant, Cost Accountant, and Financial Planning & Analysis Manager. Mario completed the Financial Management Program (FMP) at GE Brazil and holds a BA in Business Administration from Pontificial Catholic University of Sao Paulo – Brazil.

Mario Yanigiharo
Kathryn Siow

Kathryn Siow

Senior Financial Analyst

Kathryn Siow

Kathryn Siow serves as the Senior Financial Analyst with The Gehr Group. She oversees analytical reporting for all Gehr Group divisions as well as office management and coordination. Her responsibilities also include assisting the CEO in all company matters. Kathryn joined The Gehr Group as a Staff Accountant before accepting the position of Senior Financial Analyst in 2013.

Prior to joining Gehr, Kathryn was the general manager of Tran Luu Fashion. Prior to that she was the office manager for LDL Trading Company’s U.S. office. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting from California State University Los Angeles.

Kathryn Siow