The Manhattan Club Owners

Meet the Team

Joshua A. Wirshba

Joshua A. Wirshba

General Manager / Managing Director

In 2001, Joshua A. Wirshba was appointed to the position of General Manager at The Manhattan Club. From day one, however, Joshua was no stranger to The Manhattan Club. Since the very first days of The Manhattan Club he has served as Director of Human Resources, a position that has allowed him to come to know staff members in every area of the organization. His professional involvement with each department has accorded him great insight in The Manhattan Club's day-to-day operations and its long-term goals. As General Manager/ Managing Director, he oversees all areas of Hospitality/Operations. 

His previous experience in the hospitality industry began with the Marriott Corporation. Joshua started at The Essex House in project management. He then moved on, as part of the opening team, to the Marriott Marquis. He was recognized and promoted to Director of Services at The Westchester Marriott. Moving from operations to human resources Joshua was hired by Doral Hotels and Resorts as Corporate Human Resources Manager. He was soon promoted to Director of Human Resources for all New York City properties. Joshua then took on a position in the Trump Organization for the world famous Plaza Hotel. In 1993 he accepted a position at the Warwick International Hotels before coming to The Manhattan Club. 

Joshua is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Joshua also serves on the Timeshare Association Board of Directors as well as the Labor Committee and the Education Committee for the New York City Hotel Association.

Salvatore Reale

Salvatore Reale

Executive Director of Operations

Salvatore Reale has worked in the Hospitality industry for the last thirty years.

He began his management career with Holiday Inn as a Front Desk Manager, and later relocated to the Royal Biscayne Hotel in Key Biscayne.

His New York experience includes fourteen years with the Helmsley Corporation at The Park Lane and The New York Helmsley. He has also worked at The Drake Swissotel, The Park Central New York and was most recently the Rooms Division Manager at The Pennsylvania Hotel before being recruited for the position of Executive Operations Manager at The Manhattan Club. In addition, Mr. Reale serves as a member of The Manhattan Club Timeshare Association Board.

Lissie Lopez

Lissie Lopez

Director of Front Office Operations

Ms. Lopez has an extensive career in the hospitality industry. Most recently she was Director of Housekeeping at The Benjamin. Prior to that she gained additional experience in directing both Housekeeping and Front Desk departments at the Loews New York. We are pleased to welcome her to The Manhattan Club. Her experience and attention to quality service complement our goal of providing a quality experience for all our Owners.

Cara M. Lowenwirth

Cara M. Lowenwirth

Director of Human Resources

Cara joined The Manhattan Cub in June of 2004 as a Hospitality intern from East Stroudsburg University. Later that summer, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Since coming to The Manhattan Club, Cara has held positions in Owner Services, the Front Office and Quality Assurance/Human Resources. During her tenure as our Quality Assurance leader, she was instrumental in the formulation of the Strive for Five initiative, our unique Quality assurance program implemented to ensure that we consistently provide the highest possible level of service. In July of 2012, Cara was promoted to the position of Director of Human Resources, overseeing all aspects of Human Resources for both our New York and Pennsylvania office.

Sandra Ramos

Sandra Ramos

Director of Housekeeping

Sandra is a native New Yorker who began her hospitality career at the Roosevelt Hotel working in Guest Services.There she learned first hand, from guests, what matters most in providing a positive experience. Excited to be more directly involved in servicing guests, she seized an opportunity to learn the "ins and outs" of housekeeping at Marriott Hotels. She became Executive Housekeeping Manager at the Marriott Courtyard at LaGuardia and later Assistant Executive Housekeeping Manager at the Marriott Eastside. Sandra continued to broaden her experience and expertise as Director of Housekeeping at the Time Hotel/Dream Hotels in New York City. In August of 2011, she joined The Manhattan Club team as Director of Housekeeping. She welcomes the professional challenge that this unique property provides and looks forward to the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the success of our day to day operation.

Bill Grub

Bill Grub

Director of Security

Bill Grub is a retired homicide detective of the New York City Police Department. Before accepting The Director of Security position at The Manhattan Club, Bill's hospitality career included Security management positions at the Roosevelt Hotel, The Park Central New York, The Essex House and The Millennium Hilton.

Ricardo Hernandez

Ricardo Hernandez

Director of Information Technology

Ricardo started at The Manhattan Club in 1998 as a System Network Manager and was promoted to Director of Information Technology in May of 2002. Ricardo is a Certified Network Engineer and Administrator. He combines the hospitality skills inherent in our Manhattan Club culture and the technical expertise necessary when supporting and assisting our Owners.

Driton Cheli

Driton Cheli

Director of Engineering

Driton graduated from Baruch College with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating on Operations Management. He joined The Manhattan Club team in 2011 as the Assistant Director of the Engineering Department and has since been promoted to Director of Engineering. Prior to joining The Manhattan Club he held various key positions in the hospitality industry. Most recently at the Jumeirah Essex House where he oversaw the day to day facility operations of the 500+ room mixed use property. Driton’s extensive knowledge of Engineering and Hotel Operations has proven to be a tremendous asset to The Manhattan Club and will continue to do so in his new position.

Carmi Spiegel

Carmi Spiegel

Chief Concierge

Carmi grew up in New Haven, Ct. where he graduated,  with honors, from the University of New Haven, earning  a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Carmi's  love of traveling and the hospitality industry has brought  him to South America, Europe and Israel where he once  owned an authentic Texas BBQ restaurant.

Carmi's passion for New York and all its cultural diversity and excitement drew him to seek a position as a Concierge in the Hotel business. Before joining The Manhattan Club, Carmi worked as the Concierge for The Drake Swissotel.

Xiomara Mora

Xiomara Mora

Concierge

Xiomara Mora's experience in the hospitality industry  includes such positions as Concierge at The Plaza  Hotel, Manager of International Reservations at The Essex House, Sales Representative for Venezuelan Airlines. One of her hobbies is learning languages,  which has opened up opportunities and helped with  our international Owners.