Business, University of Kentucky
Certified Hotel Administrator accreditation, American Hotel & Lodging Association Ramada Management Program, Cornell University
Formed SharCon, 1990
Bill can be reached at:
William Conway, CHA - President & CEO
A veteran to the hotel industry, Bill Conway leads SharCon with over 45 years of experience. Bill began his career in Lexington Kentucky at age 15 as a dishwasher, and has worked ever since building a solid reputation that earned him Senior Vice President of Operations with Prime Hospitality in the 80's. With over 20 years in management with their parent company, Ramada Inn, Bill became Vice President of the Eastern Region. His accomplishments earned him the honor of "Franchisee of the Year" by Howard Johnson International in 2006, and he was twice selected as "General Manager of the Year" by Ramada for outstanding performance and service.
Bill has been the driving force behind SharCon since forming the Management and Development Company in 1990. Since its formation, SharCon has successfully owned and operated multiple hotels across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing Bill's proven record of rehabilitating run-down hotels and revitalizing pride and opportunity among the staff and communities they serve.
Inspired by his experiences and opportunities with Ramada, Bill has a strong desire to facilitate growth from within SharCon. He developed a mentor program that promotes the core values of the company, a program which has enabled the successful development of many of SharCon's longtime employees, landing them into the Senior Leadership roles they hold today.
Bill remains active in the community and local hospitality industry by serving as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Hotel/Motel Management Curriculum for Montgomery College in Maryland and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Economic and Development Board in Ward 5 of Washington, DC. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Prince William, Greater Manassas, Virginia Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Howard Johnson International.
Under Bill's leadership, SharCon's current portfolio includes the ownership and managing partnership of six hotels, including Best Western Battlefield Inn (Manassas, Virginia); Howard Johnson (Washington, DC North/Cheverly, Maryland); Country Inn & Suites (Fredericksburg, Virginia); Fairfield Inn & Suites (Northeast Washington, DC); and, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (Northeast, Washington, DC).
Revenue Management certifications from Best Western International, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Marriott International
Joined SharCon, 1990
Rocky can be reached at:
Rocky Conway - Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
A legacy since birth, Rocky Conway has served SharCon for over 20 years building his career and reputation in the hotel management business. Having held several positions within the company including sales, marketing, operations and the management of several properties in SharCon's portfolio, Rocky's largest accomplishments are in the success of otherwise run-down hotels. Rocky has an eye for seeing potential in bankrupt properties where other hotel management companies have no interest. He has successfully revitalized dozens of hotels thus achieving 150% market share on all properties that SharCon manages. These hotels have not only become number one in the market for revenue and service scores, they have won several awards for their success including a 2014 Revpar award for the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Northeast Washington, DC.
While Rocky has also been instrumental in securing several multi-million dollar contracts from multiple local and government businesses, he continues to serve his industry and community through his memberships in the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association and the Prince William, Greater Manassas, Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin
Master’s in Business from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, Dublin.
Colin can be reached at:
Colin Byrne - Chief Financial Officer
Colin oversees the accounting and financial functions for all properties in the SharCon portfolio. He is responsible for producing and managing accounting processes, including budget and internal controls that ensure financial statements are reports are accurately completed and distributed in a timely manner.
Prior to SharCon, Colin was the Chief Financial Officer for Keolis North America where he was responsible for implementing and overseeing all financial, accounting, treasury, tax and insurance activities. Colin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin and his Master’s in Business from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, Dublin.
Coppin State College
Certifications from Marriott's CFRST, EDGE, Starr, MARSHA, Intercontinental Hotel Group - Revenue Management
Joined SharCon, 2007
Shawnette can be reached at:
Shawnette James - Regional Director of Operations/Revenue Management
Shawnette has successfully served SharCon in a variety of positions for the past five years. Beginning as pre-opening General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Washington DC, she progressed into other management roles including Director of Sales, Area Manager and Regional Sales Trainer for the company's limited and full service properties. Her experience, including 15 years in general management with Marriott Hotels, and positive track record gave her the foundation for her current position as Director of Operation for SharCon's limited service hotels. Shawnette's responsibilities in this role include the day-to-day operations of the company as well as sales and marketing performance. She oversees the limited service portfolio budget in excess of $15,000.000 dollars annually in her territories which include DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Shawnette's hybrid approach to leadership-made up of experience in sales, marketing and management-provides SharCon with clearly defined, result drive objectives for success.
Vast range of experience in restaurant, retail, hotel, and hospitality construction
Joined SharCon in 2015
Jim can be reached at:
Jim Fikac - Vice President of Construction and Engineering
Jim has a vast range of experience in restaurant, retail, hotel, and hospitality construction. His construction career began in 1995 as he worked his way through the ranks, spending time as a lead foreman, superintendent, and project manager.
Utilizing the skills and experiences he acquired in his professional career, he is able to facilitate the entire construction process; including pre-construction, development of construction budgets and schedules, management of subcontractors and the finalization of all projects on the most time and cost-effective schedule as possible.
His early commercial construction career included multiple project management positions working on public and private construction before joining SharCon in 2015 as a project manager. He was involved in numerous ground-up hotel projects and hotel renovations prior to begin promoted to vice president.
Jim truly understands all aspects of commercial construction projects. He is a hands-on, energetic leader and is always ready to roll up his sleeves to solve the most complex issue. He is known for his accessibility to all his clients. As vice president, Jim is committed to providing the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and honesty to our clients.