Co-founder & Managing DirectorView Bio
Co-founder & Managing Director
Seamus Ross is Co-founder and Managing Director of Castlerock Asset Management. Ross grew up in Dublin, Ireland, the son and namesake of that city’s most prominent builder/developer. He attended Trinity College and the University of Dublin.
Ross is also the owner and principal of the Corrick Group, a property, development, and investment company with activities in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, and Poland. He previously served as Managing Director of the Menolly Group, where, over a five-year period, he was responsible for establishing new offices in London, New York and Warsaw.
Ross was also executive director of Dublin’s Fylan Group, which developed and managed two of that city’s hotels, the Dunboyne Castle and the Dylan. In addition, he is involved in a variety of real estate development, contracting, and investment projects.
With deep experience in every aspect of property ownership and development, Ross has gained a broad perspective and perfected a uniquely comprehensive development philosophy that distinguishes Castlerock and each of its uniquely elegant properties.
“For the last 10-12 years I’ve been involved in the construction and management side,” Ross says. “But it was always part of the larger idea of developing property and then owning and managing it. For a hotel, that means being able to identify the land and bring it all the way from grass to carpet.”
With the Westin Nashville in the city’s growing SoBro neighborhood, boutique hotel the Bobby in historic Printer’s Alley, and the Oak Steakhouse across from Music City Center, Castlerock is off to an ambitious start in Music City. Having moved with his young family from Dublin to Nashville, Ross is taking a hands-on approach to every aspect of Castlerock’s plans.
“We will grow this company sensibly and organically,” Ross says. “We’ll be defined more by quality than quantity.”
Co-founder & Managing DirectorView Bio
Co-founder & Managing Director
Kevin Fee is Co-founder and Managing Director of Castlerock Asset Management. His highly successful career on Wall Street and extensive experience in property development, construction, and ownership come to complete fruition as Castlerock’s three distinctive properties make their mark on Downtown Nashville’s burgeoning hospitality scene.
Fee graduated from New York’s Cortland State University in 1990 with a degree in economics.
In 1991, Fee started his career on the Trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the firm Adler Coleman & Company.
In 1996, he become a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Fee found great success as a specialist Trading many high-profile stocks and in 1999, he was made a partner. In 2001 Fee was made Co-head of floor Trading where he managed all Trading activity and the firms overall Risk exposure.
“I was there for the most important and successful years in New York Stock Exchange history,” Fee says. “It was a great time.”
At the end of 2006, Fee made the leap into real estate, establishing the New York office of the Dublin-based Menolly Group, serving as President. His New York-based projects include The Tempo in the city’s Gramercy Park neighborhood which is a 19-story building consisting of 98 residential condos and ground floor retail. The Distrikt, a 155-room, 31-story hotel close to Times Square, which Fee Co-Developed and still retains ownership.
In 2012 after leaving Menolly Fee returned to Wall Street to work for The Seaport Group Trading Distressed Debt, High Yield and Equities.
Kevin Fee was drawn to Nashville seeing the market’s growth potential and in short order created an opportunity to develop the Westin Nashville which then lead to the formation of Castlerock Asset Management in 2013 with co-founder Seamus Ross.
Castlerock followed that bold move with two additional properties, The Oak Steakhouse and the Bobby, a boutique hotel in Nashville’s historic Printer’s Alley.
These days, while still residing in Montauk, New York with his wife and four boys, Fee splits his time between New York and Nashville. He is also proud to be involved with several philanthropic organizations.
“I can’t say enough about Nashville,” he says. “As a community, the way they’ve supported us has been phenomenal. There’s an underlying energy in Nashville that’s difficult to explain unless you’ve experienced it. When you feel it, it captures you.”
Vice PresidentView Bio
Ray Waters brings over four decades of hospitality industry experience and award-winning leadership to his role as Castlerock’s Vice President. A Nashville native, he began his career as a teenage banquet waiter when Opryland Hotel opened its doors in 1977.
Waters stayed with Opryland and parent company Gaylord Entertainment for 25 years, rising to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Opryland Hotel and Attractions Group, where he was responsible for the 2883 room convention hotel, the award winning 18-hole Springhouse Golf Course, the General Jackson Showboat, the Wildhorse Saloon, Grand Ole Opry Tour Company and the Inn at Opryland in addition he oversaw the development of the hotel’s $210 million Delta expansion project.
From there, his career took a southern turn with a move to Florida, where he became Managing Director of the Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort and Spa. Being recruited to return to Music City, he joined Turnberry Associates, serving as General Manager of the recently opened Hilton Nashville Downtown from 2003-2013.
In 2013, Waters was named President of Hospitality for Turnberry Associates, overseeing seven hotels within their portfolio. Seeing the opportunity to assist Castlerock Asset Management he joined the Westin Nashville on the pre-opening team in 2015 and then became the Vice President at Castlerock in 2016.
For Waters, his position at Castlerock is an opportunity to leverage his deep expertise and creative acumen within the framework of a relatively small, forward-thinking company doing truly exciting things.
“I like the fact that we have multiple hotels currently centered here in Nashville,” he says. “With multiple hotels in one city, I believe you get more creativity and synergies that are very strong.” We are looking at growing our operations into new creative and energetic cities where we can be part of the fabric of the community.
Waters is past president of the Greater Nashville Hotel and Lodging Association and the Tennessee Hotel and Motel Association. He has served on the board of directors for American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), Nashville Sports Council, and BellSouth Senior Golf Tournament.
A respected and influential member Tennessee’s hospitality industry, Waters is currently on the board of directors for the Nashville Downtown Partnership. He won AHLA’s General Manager of the Year Award for Large Properties in 2008. He is also co-author of the Educational Institute book, “Managing Conventions.” Most recently, Waters was recently honored as Hotelier of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association.
Hubert Lee Worrell IV
Hubert Lee Worrell IV
As CFO for Castlerock Asset Management, Hubert Lee Worrell IV relishes the opportunity to indulge both sides of his gregarious personality – the analytical and the creative.
After spending a few years with ambulatory surgery center management giant Amsurg, he accepted a position with medical startup Covenant Surgical Partners. Worrell spent several successful years with Covenant. Starting as Senior Accountant, he rose to Associate Vice President of Finance as he helped the company grow from humble beginnings into a 30-surgical-center powerhouse.
When Castlerock came calling, Worrell jumped at the chance to leverage that experience with a leading-edge company in a new and growing industry. He knew he’d found the right job, and he was determined not to let it slip away.
“I did what any good Tennessean does,” Worrell says. “I bought two bottles of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye Whiskey and left them on the owners’ desks with a note saying, ‘hire me.’”
The whiskey did the trick, and Worrell has been busily building the financial framework behind Castlerock’s successful projects since; overseeing all finance, treasury, accounting, and investor relations functions across Castlerock’s growing portfolio.
Worrell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Corporate Director Of Marketing, E-commerce & Social EngagementView Bio
Corporate Director Of Marketing, E-commerce & Social Engagement
In her role as Corporate Director of Marketing, e-Commerce and Social Engagement for Castlerock, Maya Stanic confronts a complex array of challenges on a daily basis.
After completing her education in former Yugoslavia, Stanic moved with her family to New York City and overcame a major language barrier to join the Big Apple’s bustling hospitality industry.
“I studied hospitality and tourism in school, so I’ve always been interested in anything tourism related,” Stanic says in her seamless American accent.
Together with the leadership team, she provides strategic direction for the continued expansion of Castlerock and its hospitality portfolio.
Stanic’s move to Castlerock and Nashville follows more than 12 years of marketing experience in luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry. She joins the team after her role as Director of Brand Marketing for Nobu Hotels based in Miami Beach, where she led the development of visual identity for Nobu Hotels, and oversaw brand development, public relations, social media efforts.
Prior to that, Stanic also spent four years as Director of Marketing and Brand Development at Convene in New York City, and six years in marketing and brand management for North American division of W Hotels.
“I never thought of coming to Nashville for any reason,” she admits. “But I spent a lot of time researching, talking to friends and visiting Nashville and got excited to move to Music City” Stanic says.
Corporate Director of Food & BeverageView Bio
Corporate Director of Food & Beverage
Corporate Director of Food & Beverage
As Corporate Director of Food & Beverage for all three of Castlerock’s hotel properties, Thomas Roman maintains an unusually hectic schedule. Fortunately, he brings a wealth of experience working with some of the industry’s most iconic people and properties on both coasts to his Nashville position.
Roman comes to Castlerock from Manhattan’s Public Hotel, where he spent 2 ½ years working alongside legendary hotelier/impresario Ian Schrager, an invaluable learning experience that serves him well in his Castlerock role.
“Working side by side with Ian was incredible,” Roman says. “He’s a visionary who created the entire boutique hotel industry, and it was an honor to work with him.”
The lessons he learned in New York, managing what he describes as “a beast of an operation” were the perfect preparation for his Corporate Director position at Castlerock, where he oversees every detail of food & beverage services at the company’s Westin Hotels in Nashville and Tampa Bay, as well as at Bobby, Castlerock’s boutique hotel in Downtown Nashville.
Roman grew up a star swimmer in upstate New York, earning All American swimming honors before going on to George Washington University’s Division 1 swim team. That stamina serves him well in a hectic, demanding job, and Roman is finding that the slower pace of Nashville provides plenty of opportunity to unwind.
“Creating an exemplary guest experience is at the foundation of what I do,” he says. “I look forward to continuing my career in hospitality with the Castlerock team, bringing my skillset to their exemplary portfolio, and also to making Nashville my home.”
CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENTView Bio
CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Greg Merrick brings 25 years of human resources experience and hospitality industry leadership to his position as Castlerock’s Corporate Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement.
Merrick began his career in radio, working for several years in both management and as an on-air personality. Making the jump to hospitality, Merrick started out with Ritz- Carlton on the operations side before moving to Human Resources, and his true calling, in the mid ’90s. He spent time at Ritz-Carlton properties in South Beach, Palm Beach, and New York before moving to Washington, DC to handle global HR from the company’s corporate offices.
Merrick later moved to Park City, Utah, where, working for the Talisker Corporation, he oversaw HR for the company’s various entities including its private club, real estate division, and the Canyons Resort ski area. He followed that with stints at Vail Resorts and Gemstone Hotels in Park City. After a stay in Houston, with Benchmark Hospitality’s corporate office, Merrick got the call from Castlerock and found himself living in Music City.
In Castlerock, Merrick has found a place to apply his considerable expertise and progressive take on human resources within a growing organization, working with a talented team of executives doing something truly different in the hospitality industry.
“In this role, you’re creating a positive environment where people spend a lot of their awake time,” Merrick says. “It’s about attracting great people, then forging a culture where they want to stay and can thrive.”
Natalie DellaMura Blevens
Executive Assistant/ Office ManagerView Bio
Natalie DellaMura Blevens
Executive Assistant/ Office Manager
As Castlerock’s Executive Assistant/Office Manager, Natalie DellaMura Blevens is known for her organizational skills and attention to detail, whilst juggling a variety of tasks.
Blevens Joined Castlerock Asset Management in 2016, several months after moving to the United States. London born and raised, Blevens background is in the Commercial Construction industry, working directly with the London Principal of an International Architectural firm, responsible for New York’s Freedom Tower, as well as buildings in London, Las Vegas, and around the world.
“Here at Castlerock, I am inspired daily by the people I work with. There is never a day that goes by that’s dull. Every day is different. Every day I’m learning.”
Corporate ControllerView Bio
In a growing city like Nashville, it’s rare to meet an actual native, but Megan Bowers is a Nashvillian through and through. She attended the city’s Father Ryan High School before moving on to Middle Tennessee University, where she earned a BA in Business Administration. After graduation, Bowers returned to school, earning a BA in Accounting and later earning her CPA certification.
Bowers comes to Castlerock from Covenant Surgical Partners, where she spent several years sharpening her accounting skills with a fast-growing company operating surgery centers, pathology laboratories, anesthesia entities and physician practices.
“My training at Covenant was the perfect preparation for coming over to Castlerock,” Bowers says. “The hospitality world is new to me, and I love it.”
These days, Bowers’ infant daughter occupies just about every minute of her spare time. Like the people she works for, she’s thinking long term.
“I’ve had to step up and get into this role quickly, but I’m excited about every day at Castlerock,” she says. “I’m happy to be with a company where I can grow and really build a career.”
Finance AssociateView Bio
His official job title, Finance Associate, doesn’t do justice to the wide-ranging responsibilities Stephen Hughes has taken on at Castlerock since he joined the company’s finance team in October, 2016. Hughes, then an Air Force Reservist, was just getting comfortable when he was called to active duty in the Middle East.
“When I came back from the Middle East a lot of opportunities opened up for me here at Castlerock,” Hughes says. “We laugh about how I’ve become a multi-tool, jack of all trades around here.”
A Nashville native, Hughes earned his BA in Finance at Middle Tennessee University. But his facility with numbers and his passion for business go way back. In fact, it was his own ebay-based e-commerce business that helped him worked his way through MTSU. That experience as a self-starter has served Hughes well at the company, where he now works on everything from furniture procurement to project management to quality control.
“As the youngest guy here, I get to witness what it takes to get large hotels built, and big projects done,” Hughes says. “I love walking into work everyday not really knowing what they’re going to ask me to do. I love to represent the ownership here, with the class that they show me and that they show everyone else.”
Executive Assistant to Kevin FeeView Bio
Executive Assistant to Kevin Fee
Niamh Soraghan joins Castlerock as Executive Assistant to Co-founder & Managing Director Kevin Fee. With her deep background in project management and marketing, she is accustomed to leveraging any number of her considerable skills at once to get the job done.
Soraghan grew up in a small Connecticut town before moving to New York City where she now resides in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. A graduate of Pace University with a degree in Communications, she jumped right into the workforce, accepting a project coordinator position with contemporary fashion label Theory.
With two and a half years of experience under her belt, Soraghan moved into a similar role at retail real estate firm RKF. When an opportunity opened up at Castlerock, Soraghan jumped at the chance to bring her expertise into a dynamic, growing company.
“This job is very different from my last roles, but I draw on all my experience,” Soraghan says. “I’m excited to bring my experience in project management and marketing within the real estate and fashion industries to Castlerock and keep things moving forward.”