Maki Nakamura Bara, President & Co-Founder of The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, is a leading expert in redeveloping and repositioning urban hotels, resorts, convention hotels and conference centers. She has acquired and repositioned approximately $3 billion of lodging assets with Chartres Lodging in the U.S. and Japan. Additionally, she has completed nearly $800 million in renovations of these assets. Recently, in recognition of her extensive experience in the lodging sector, particularly in acquisitions, asset management, development management and her role in the growth of the company, Maki was recognized as the top "40 Under 40" by M&A Advisor, received the ''Best Executive" Stevie Award for Women in business, was named a "Woman of Influence” in commercial real estate by Real Estate Southern California magazine and was an honoree of Bisnow’s Power Women – LA. She is also a frequent speaker at various industry conferences. Maki's previous experience includes participating in the formation and growth of the lodging activities of Lend Lease Real Estate and Strategic Hotel Capital. She has also worked at Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the hospitality division. Ms. Bara is a graduate of UCLA and is fluent in spoken Japanese.