CGI Real Estate Investment Strategies has named luxury hotel industry veteran Kasia Mays as Chief Operating Officer, furthering its commitment to building a multifamily brand that places emphasis on lifestyle and hospitality, announced company founder and CEO Gidi Cohen.
Mays brings to CGI nearly two decades of experience in the four- and five-Diamond luxury sectors of the hospitality industry holding senior level management positions at Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, MGM Grand, The Mansion, La Costa Resort and Spa, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and The Resort at Pelican Hill. Her passion for ensuring consumer satisfaction and eye for luxury and elevated design made her the perfect candidate to further our best-in-class residential experience, according to Cohen.
“Our goal was to bring on a chief operating officer who could help us in our mission to shape and elevate the future of living spaces, while at the same time enrich and inspire our partnerships with investors and residents, as well as the communities we serve,” said Cohen. “With experience that speaks for itself, and values that align with ours, Kasia stood out among the rest and we are excited to embark upon the next chapter of CGI together.”
Los Angeles-based CGI with regional offices in Atlanta and New York, manages a $900 million real estate portfolio that includes multifamily and extended stay corporate housing located in California, New York and key cities in the Southeastern and Southwestern U.S., particularly in underserved secondary and tertiary markets.
Mays will lead the organization’s culture, brand, mission, vision, and values as well as lead all marketing and public relations strategies, human resources, front office, IT, and investor relations. In addition, she will oversee Bread and Salt Hospitality, an affiliate company of CGI that provides hospitality-style management services for the assets within its own portfolio and for third-party clients.
“I was immediately impressed with CGI’s passion to enrich lives, build thoughtful communities and strategically grow portfolios through conscientious multifamily real estate development, acquisition, and management,” said Mays. “Our core values will always support the need to fuse development and lifestyle to achieve the highest and best outcomes for people and places and that at every touch point in our business principles are seen and felt. We will always grow with intention, build projects with heart and curate success that has a soul,” she added.