Movers and Shakers Week Ending 09.29.23

Stefka Fanchi Appointed to CHFA’s Board of Directors

 Stefka Fanchi

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) congratulates Stefka Fanchi, president and CEO of Elevation Community Land Trust, on her appointment to its board of directors. CHFA’s board serves as its governing body and is tasked with supporting CHFA’s mission to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. The board is comprised of 11 members including the State Auditor, a member of the Governor’s cabinet, eight governor-appointed members confirmed by the State Senate, and one member of Colorado’s General Assembly.

An experienced leader in affordable housing, Fanchi has served as the president and chief executive officer of Elevation Community Land Trust for five years, having led the organization’s startup and execution of a regional community land trust. In its first five years of operation, Elevation Community Land Trust has acquired and preserved the affordability of more than 500 homes serving approximately 1,500 Coloradans. Prior to joining Elevation, Fanchi served as the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado from 2004 to 2018, where she oversaw substantial organizational growth and program development.

Fanchi received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Management with a specialization in Sustainable Development. She currently resides in Lakewood with her husband while her two daughters attend college at the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University.

Mission Hill Hospitality Names Tom Barber as Chief Financial Officer 

 Tom Barber

Mission Hill Hospitality, a leading select service and extended stay hotel investor, announced that Tom Barber has been named chief financial officer, a newly-created position.

Tom joined Mission Hill Hospitality as managing director of acquisitions when the firm was launched in March 2021. Today, Mission Hill has built a high-quality portfolio of 33 premium select service and extended stay hotels across 16 states, particularly in markets driven by year-round education, medical, corporate and leisure demand.

“I am delighted for Tom to step into this new role. He has been instrumental in Mission Hill Hospitality’s growth and success since our inception,” said Greg Kennealey, CEO of Mission Hill Hospitality. “As part of our vision to build the best performing, highest quality select service and extended stay platform in the industry, Tom’s commitment and dedication will help us continue to advance. His character and values exemplify our team of exceptional and talented individuals who drive our ongoing success.”

Tom is a highly accomplished C-level executive with decades of deep hospitality experience and a career that has focused on finance, operations, strategy, and M&A. Before joining Mission Hill, he served as global chief development officer of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the largest global franchisor of hotels, where he had direct global responsibility for sales and design and construction.

From 2012 to 2017, Tom was head of corporate development for Wyndham Worldwide, where he led the spinoff of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from Wyndham Worldwide, the $2 billion acquisition of La Quinta Hotels & Resorts, and the $1.3 billion divestiture of European Rentals, among other transactions. His broad suite of expertise was formed during his years as director of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse and positions in strategy consulting and technology at Gemini Consulting and Microsoft, respectively. Tom earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington.

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