Rodney L. Piatt, President
Rodney L. Piatt is President of Horizon Properties Group which he founded in 1996 and Horizon Hospitality LLC in 2010. Rodney prides himself on creating business opportunities with creative ideas and operating them with the highest level of integrity.
He has served on various committees and boards across many business segments including banking, real estate, industrial, leisure, and pharmaceutical. From 1979 to 1996, Rodney served as President and Director of Millcraft Industries, a multidimensional company primarily focused on the steel and real estate industries. From 2003 to 2017, Rodney served as a board member of Mylan with his final role as the Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Mylan, Inc. (MYL-Nasdaq);
From 1974 to 1979, Rodney was with Ernst & Ernst. Rodney received a Bachelors of Science in accounting degree from the University of Tampa in 1974. He is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania and a past member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Gina Johnston, Vice President
Gina is the Vice President of Horizon Hospitality LLC. She plays a key role in the development of new hotel properties, their ongoing operations, property finances and the sales and marketing of the current portfolio of hotel properties. Her goal is to consistently provide a first class facility and hire talented employees that focus on providing outstanding guest services.
Prior to joining Horizon Hospitality, Gina was the General Manager for an upscale Golf and Tennis Resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida for ten years. She has also assisted in the management of our affiliated Southpointe Golf Club, a private golf club in Southpointe, Pennsylvania.
Gina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University where she was a member of the women’s golf and track teams. She went on to play professional golf for a few years before starting her family.
Stacy Newmaster, Corporate Human Resources Manager
Stacy Newmaster is the Corporate Human Resources Manager for Horizon Hospitality, LLC. Stacy has 20 plus years of experience in the Human Resources discipline working with hospitality and food service leaders such as Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and ARAMARK Corporation. Her experience includes benefits administration, property acquisitions, labor relations, workers’ compensation and employee development and retention. Stacy’s knowledge provides our company and managed hotels with a solid work environment and business ethic that promotes growth of our employees within the company. Her goal is to keep well informed regarding the many changing laws and procedures that relate to the hospitality industry and insure that each of our properties are always in compliance. Stacy is a member of the national Society of Human Resources Management organization.
Stacy has a Bachelors of Science degree in Office Administration/Sytems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She spends most of her free time with her husband and two children doing family activities. They enjoy watching Pittsburgh sports teams and love the outdoors.
Joshua Morgan, Director of Technology and Infrastructure
Joshua Morgan is the Director of Technology & Infrastructure for Horizon Hospitality LLC. Joshua started his career in the technology industry in 2003 at Duquesne University as a Technology Buyer with promotions to System Administrator, I & II; where he later earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Leadership with a major in Computer System. In 2003 during his first year in his career Joshua and a friend won 1st prize in the Microsoft 2003 Server Global Challenge for work they did on summer project. In 2012 Joshua left Duquesne University in 2013 after 9 years of service to work for global steel manufacturer as a SCCM Deployment Engineer. After 2.5 years of learning how global organization manages technology on a massive scale, he left to join the Horizon family to oversee and direct technology for our existing and future projects as our Director of Technology & Infrastructure. In the spring of 2017 Joshua became a member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), and in the fall of 2017 he earned the CHTP, Certified Hospitality Technology Professional, designation.
Joshua is an Eagle Scout Rank and part of the 1999 Alumni Class, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Class of 2000, and Recipient of the 2001 Order of the Arrow Founders Award. When Joshua is not performing his magic on technology; he enjoys camping and traveling with his 3 kids, photography, cooking for friends and loved ones, and is currently learning to golf.
Sharon Marietta, Corporate Director of Sales
Sharon Marietta rejoined Horizon Hospitality in 2021 bringing 14 years of hotel sales leadership with Choice Hotels, Marriott, & Hilton properties. Sharon began her hospitality career in 1989 in operations and found her passion for hotel sales in 2007. Sharon won salesperson of the year in 2009 and has been a leader for her sales teams mentoring and coaching them for 14 years with stellar results in Occupancy, ADR, & RevPar. She has received sales certifications for Hilton, Choice Hotels, & Certified Classic Select Coach and Certified Extended Stay Coach through Marriott. Sharon worked for Horizon Hospitality previously as their Director of Sales and Area Director of Sales from 2013 through 2020 and had an opportunity to rejoin Horizon Hospitality in 2021 as their Corporate Director of Sales. She oversees the sales team for all of Horizon Hospitality’s hotel portfolio.
Sharon enjoys spending free time with her husband, traveling to the Caribbean and spending time with her grandchildren.
Lance George, Corporate Revenue Manager
Lance George is our corporate revenue manager. He works very closely with our general managers and sales personnel to ensure we are maximizing Rev Par at our hotels. Lance is very analytical in deciphering the data that we acquire and has a great deal of knowledge regarding the Hilton Gro System. Having worked in several hotels in our system, he understands the operation side of the business which helps him make informative decisions in regards to revenue management. Lance has also stepped up as a bench manager in times of need. Lance attended the University of Central Florida and California University under a business major. Lance enjoys all sports and is an avid golfer.
Yvonne Covelli, Corporate Controller
Yvonne Covelli is the corporate controller for Horizon Hospitality, LLC. With over 17 years of hotel experience, she plays a vital role in the company. Yvonne manages the accounting department and generates their financial statements; with attention to detail and strong analytical strengths, she consistently manages the companies’ accounts.
Prior to joining Horizon Hospitality, LLC, Yvonne served as Corporate Accounting Manager of a Twinsburg, Ohio-based Hospitality Company where she managed several mid to high-end hotels and restaurants for 15 years. Progressing through the ranks with a series of promotions, Yvonne was promoted to the corporate office in Ohio. There she facilitated the conversion of their hotels to a centralized accounting platform.
Yvonne has built a strong repertoire in the industry; having majored in business and accounting, she is enthusiastic and determined. Focusing on timeliness, efficiency and consistency, Yvonne is a dedicated professional who loves to leverage her experience to help her colleagues. She enjoys training others by utilizing her communication skills to achieve results for a job well done.
As a mother and grandmother, she enjoys an active lifestyle with hobbies that include reading, running in the great outdoors or riding her mountain bike and enjoying the fresh air.