Julio Velez, Vice President of Operations – Northeast Region

Julio’s tenure with Buffalo Lodging spans 10 years starting as the general manager of Residence Inn Rochester Henrietta where he and his team were consistently recognized by the brand and our company as top performers. Most notably, Julio received the General Manager of the Year award from Marriott in 2017. Prior to joining us, Julio had worked in just about every position on various hotel teams. Starting at a full service Marriott in 1993 as a front desk associate and eventually getting his chance at the helm, becoming a general manager of a Fairfield Inn & Suites in 1996. Since then Julio has built extensive experience operating, opening and renovating hotels. His latest project, before being promoted to VP, was overseeing the 2 1/2 year renovation of our Residence Inn Rochester Henrietta from a “gen 1″ concept to the latest generation of Residence Inn design involving the razing of the original gatehouse and pods and construction of a new gatehouse lobby and tower. Julio holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Rochester Institute of Technology.