Maki Nakamura Bara, President & Co-Founder of The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC and Chairman of the Board for affiliated management company, Sightline Hospitality, is a leading expert in investing in and repositioning urban hotels and resorts. Since the formation of Chartres Lodging in 2002, she has acquired and repositioned approximately $4.5 billion of lodging assets in the U.S. and Japan and completed more than $1 billion in the redevelopment of these assets. 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 two companies, 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 a two-time 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 consulting division. Ms. Bara is a graduate of UCLA and is fluent in spoken Japanese.