• Chicago Marriott Naperville
  • Hotel Felix
  • Holiday Inn at The Plaza
  • Hotel Cass
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Courtyard by Marriott Lafayette
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Microtel Inn & Suites

About Us

The Bricton Group - A Leading Hotel Management Company

The Bricton Group is a leading hotel management company that has been providing clients with unparalleled value since 1989. With a diverse portfolio and more than 2,500 hotel rooms across the United States under management, the company has a proven reputation for delivering superior results.

Differentiated by our experienced staff and innovative array of hospitality resources, Bricton is uniquely qualified to serve the needs of our clients by assisting them in making more informed decisions. The people within The Bricton Group strive to make our hotels first-class. We meet, strategize and design memorable travel experiences for guests throughout the USA. As a result, Bricton guests return to our hotels again and again.

Our comprehensive expertise in the hospitality industry – from both the service and real estate viewpoints – empowers us to give clients undivided attention and tailor our services to address specific needs.

The Bricton Group’s proprietary technology platform allows transparent communication from Bricton to ownership and investment groups, as well as to hotel associates.

With over 160 years of experience the Bricton Group is exceptionally qualified to assist with all hospitality initiatives.

Our People

Mr. Edward Doherty, President

Mr. Doherty has been involved in the real estate, finance and hospitality industry since 1983. In 1989, Mr. Doherty founded The Bricton Group in Northbrook, Illinois; a start-up company that has grown to managing over $75,000,000 in annual revenues. As CEO of The Bricton Group, Mr. Doherty has been primarily responsible for the success and reputation of The Bricton Group.

Mr. Michael Cohen, Senior Vice President

Mr. Cohen is a senior level operating executive with over forty years' experience in the hospitality business. He has successfully operated Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Quality, Comfort Inn and Ramada hotels. Since 1992, Mr. Cohen has held the position of Senior Vice President with The Bricton Group. Mr. Cohen has been actively involved in the hospitality business since the age of 16, when he understudied his family's hotel business.

Mr. Dale Drafall, Vice President of Finance and Operations

Mr. Drafall joined The Bricton Group in 2005 as Corporate Controller. Prior to his time with Bricton, Mr. Drafall had served as Corporate Controller for a Chicago-based Hotel Management Company. Mr. Drafall brings with him over 25 years of hotel management experience to The Bricton Group.

Mr. Michael Yaneck, Vice President of Operations

Mr. Yaneck joined The Bricton Group in 2008. He has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, primarily with Marriott, Wyndham and independent hotel chains. Mr. Yaneck provides day-to-day support and direction to general managers and their respective teams in driving revenue, improving service standards, increasing profit and maintaining various franchise standards.

Mrs. Eileen Cole, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Mrs. Cole joined The Bricton Group in 2007. She has held numerous positions throughout her 25 year career in both the sales and catering arenas. She has worked for brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Holiday Inn. Mrs. Cole has previously worked as a National Sales Manager for the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. She assists the Bricton Sales & Catering team in strategies and planning that will assist them in making their financial goals.

Mr. Zio Pekovic, Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development

Mr. Pekovic is Bricton’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Development.  He is involved in all aspects of the expansion of Bricton’s portfolio and strategically innovating its acquisitions platform.  Mr. Pekovic has developed strong relationships with local owners, brokers, and financial institutions throughout the country and internationally, allowing him to identify both on and off-market opportunities for our investors.  His responsibilities include identifying and analyzing potential hotel investments and structuring JV partnerships with private equity funds, endowment funds, family offices, and private investors.  Mr. Pekovic is also involved in asset management and investor relations.  Additionally, he is responsible for identifying third party management and receivership opportunities.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pekovic was a broker for the national hospitality group practice of a publicly traded firm.  Mr. Pekovic has B.A. degrees in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a certified Cornell hotel asset manager and is a licensed Illinois real estate broker.

Ms. Connie Groulx, Controller

Ms. Groulx joined The Bricton Group in 2007 as the Assistant Controller.  With over 35 years of hospitality experience Ms. Groulx brings a wealth of expertise to the accounting department as well as human resources.

Mr. Mark Lewis, Corporate Revenue Manager

Mr. Lewis Joined the Bricton Group in 2009.  With over 20 years of experience in hospitality management, Mr. Lewis has held positions in the areas of Sales, Operations and Revenue Management. Bricton properties benefit from his expertise in strategic market planning, business development, and P&L management.  Mr. Lewis' Brand experience includes IHG, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood and Kimpton hotel properties. He assists the Bricton portfolio of properties in obtaining the right customer, at the right time, at the right price.