Experienced Management

Amy Gancasz – Principal

Gulph Creek Hotels – 1998 to present.

Prior – 16 years in hospitality management. Started with Gulph Creek Hotels as an AGM. Promoted to GM, regional manager and VP of Operations (2002).

Education – BS, Hospitality and Tourism Management – Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.




Derek W. Sylvester – Principal

Gulph Creek Hotels – 2006 to present.

Prior – Management positions with Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Consulting positions with Pannell Kerr Forster, Restaurant Advisory Services and Sylvester Consulting Group. Development of the Palace at Somerset Park – Somerset, New Jersey, Castle Hill Inn & Resort – Newport, Rhode Island. Redevelopment of the Hotel Hershey – Hershey, Pennsylvania and the Wyndham Bermuda Resort – Southampton, Bermuda.

Education – BS, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.



 Jason Brown, CHA – Regional Manager

Gulph Creek Hotels – 2011 to present.

Prior – Over 12 years experience in the hotel industry, including extensive experience with Hilton Corporation, Hyatt Corporation, Marriott and Choice Hotels. Opened and converted several branded hotels. Received awards including most improved hotel, Focus Service Division Outstanding Internal Controls & the Lighthouse Award. Background includes Area General Manager, General Manager, Internal Controls auditor, and task force manager.

Education – BS, Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management – Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


 Frances Adams – Accounting Manager/Benefits Administrator

Gulph Creek Hotels – 1999 to present.

Prior – Started with Gulph Creek Hotels as Sr. Accountant; Promoted to Accounting Manager/Benefits Administrator overseeing two accounting assistants. Controller, Fairfield Inn; Junior Accountant, Empire of America Savings & Loan; Bookkeeper, Albertson’s Grocery Store.

Education – BA, Journalism, University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Principles of Accounting I & II, Delaware County Community College, Exton, Pennsylvania.

Dawn Williams – Accounting Assistant

Gulph Creek Hotels – 2006 to present.

Prior – Bookkeeper, Nancy Williams C.P.A.; Payroll Clerk, Baker Installations.



 Brian Jackson – Accounting Assistant

Brian Jackson bioGulph Creek Hotels – 2014 to present.

Prior – Nearly 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry with extensive involvement in accounting, which is his passion.

Education – BS, Hotel & Restaurant Management – University of Maryland Eastern Shore.