Access Point Financial LLC (APF), a leading direct lender focused exclusively on the hospitality industry, has appointed Ankur Shah as CFO/head of capital markets.
He is assuming his new leadership role with the company upon the retirement of APF’s outgoing CFO John Patton, who held that position since 2011. Prior to accepting his most recent role, Shah served as managing director/co-head of capital markets and corporate development. In his capacity as CFO, he is responsible for establishing, structuring and managing capital and industry relationships, overseeing corporate strategy and financial operations, and serving as a member of the company’s executive committee. He is based in APF’s McLean, VA office.
With more than 15 years of experience in capital markets, specialty finance, commercial real estate investment and investment management, Shah was the cofounder/managing partner of Pike Hill Lodging, a specialty finance company focused on the hotel sector that formed a strategic alliance with APF in 2021. Prior to that, he served as VP of SunBridge Capital Management, a multi-strategy investment manager, where he was responsible for the sourcing, execution and management of investments across public and private markets.
“We would first like to heartily congratulate John Patton on his retirement and thank him for his service and dedication to the company over the past 12 years,” said Mike Lipson, CEO, Access Point Financial. “Under his leadership, we achieved unprecedented success during a time of financial volatility. We are deeply honored to have Ankur now join our leadership team as CFO. We look forward to many more years of growth, based on his extensive knowledge and expertise in hospitality finance and investment that will allow us to further grow our service portfolio and continue serving our industry clients’ diverse financial needs.”
Shah’s hospitality industry experience includes a former role as finance manager for DiamondRock Hospitality Company, where he was active in more than $1 billion in hotel investments and more than $1 billion of equity and debt financings. Ankur’s prior professional experience also includes a position as senior real estate analyst at Choice Hotels International.