Meet The Team

Kirk Pankey – President/ Sr Director of Lagundi Hotels

Kirk Pankey brings nearly 20 years of hospitality, hotel and brand management expertise to Lagundi Hospitality Group. Recently, Kirk served as GM/Sr. Director of Westview Hospitality Group managing Wyndham properties, as well as in charge of capital improvements, and assisting in the expansion of the company’s assets in Western Canada and USA. He previously served as the GM of each of the following companies: IHG, Hilton’s Division Red Lion Hotels, and Fairmont Hotels. Before that Mr. Pankey has worked in several large markets including San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Irvine in California, Seattle, WA, and in Vancouver, Canada.

Renee Spingola – National Sale and Marketing Director
Renee is a founding member of Lagundi Hotels.   She is a seasoned hospitality professional with over 25 years of experience in hospitality sales, marketing, e-commerce, catering and food/beverage.  Renee began her career as Sales Manager for Hilton Hotels.  As her passion grew for the hospitality industry, she accepted more responsibility holding various positions as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing and Opening Director of Sales and Marketing for a luxury hotel in Santa Monica Ca.  Her travels took her to the East Coast where she oversaw all new hotel opening for a Regional hotel management company with hotels in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Renee has experience working with a wide variety of hotels brands including IHG, Hilton Hotels, Marriott, Starwood hotels and several luxuries, independent hotels in top-tier markets.  Most recently, Renee has been working as an independent consultant assisting hotel organizations authoring strategic business plans, implementing sales strategy and marketing plans to attain top line revenue performance.

Renee received her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1996 and her Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Antioch University in 2011. Renee lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends her free time volunteering for nonprofit organizations and sailing the waterways of Puget Sound.

Teresita Pentecostes – Director of Operations
Customer service, employee development, and keeping a close eye on labor costs were her areas of responsibilities. Teresita was able to achieve great success with a positive yet firm management style. She travels from property to property, inspecting rooms, training staff, implementing policies and procedures and ensuring that brand standards are being followed. Her focus is to implement and maintain best practices that provide the product and service that guests expect, a safe and friendly environment for staff, while at the same time, reducing waste in materials and labor to ensure profitability for our investors. Teresita opened an IHG property, spent a few years at Fairmont Hotels and employed as an Executive Housekeeper for Coast Hotels. Teresita has a Bachelor of Education, is from the Philippines.

Sven Goldmanis – Director of Real Estate Development.
Sven Goldmanis has been in the Real Estate Industry in Washington State since 1983 which has resulted in an outstanding record of sales. Being with companies such as Grubb and Ellis, Regency Group, Keller Williams, and Marcus & Millichap, has allowed Sven to grow his expertise in hotels, high-rise projects, and other commercial real estate assets.

Now with Sven’s broadened knowledge base of the British Columbia, and Oregon hotel markets, Sven lends his expertise to sales of hotels and commercial real estate that now covers the whole Pacific Northwest.

Sindhu Fernando – Corporate Director of HR
In her role in Human Resources, she is responsible for strategic management, training & development, performance management, workforce planning & analysis, policy implementation and interpretation, employee relations, recruitment & selection, benefits administration, compensation, and legal compliance including affirmative action. Prior to joining Lagundi Hospitality, Ms. Fernando had been with Nordstrom for 8 years, serving in the role of Human Resources assistant to manager throughout the Pacific States.

Justin Bautista – Web Hosting & Designer
Justin Bautista, the web hosting, and designer for Lagundi Hospitality Group has helped small entrepreneur of all sizes “make their mark on the world”, through compelling and innovative graphic design and web design solutions created with one purpose in mind: to improve his clients’ business results.  As web hosting and designer for Lagundi Hospitality, Mr. Bautista will be directing all web designing and hosting functions for the Lagundi Group, will be responsible for offer various web hosting solutions that are personalized to suit your needs. Mr. Bautista is from the Philippines and speaks in several Languages and Filipino Dialects.