Access Point Financial appoints Ankur Shah as Chief Financial Officer

ATLANTEFinancial Access Point, LLC (APF), a leading direct lender focused exclusively on the hospitality industry, today announced the appointment of Ankur Shah as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Capital Markets. Ankur assumes his new leadership role with the company following the retirement of outgoing APF Chief Financial Officer John Patton, who had held the role since 2011. Prior to accepting his most recent position, Ankur was Managing Director and Co-Head of Capital and Corporate Markets. Development. As Chief Financial Officer, Ankur will be responsible for establishing, structuring and managing capital and industry relationships, overseeing corporate strategy and financial operations, and serving on the Executive Committee of the company. Ankur will be based at APF’s office in McLean, Virginia.

With over 15 years of experience in capital markets, specialty finance, commercial real estate investing and investment management, Ankur was co-founder and managing partner of Pike Hill Lodging, an industry-focused specialty finance firm. hotelier who formed a strategic alliance with APF in 2021. Previously, he served as Vice President of SunBridge Capital Management, a multi-strategy investment manager, where he was responsible for research, execution and management investments in public and private markets.

“We would first like to warmly 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 of Access Point Financial. “Under his leadership, we have achieved unprecedented success during a period of financial volatility. We are deeply honored that Ankur is now joining our leadership team as Chief Financial Officer. We look forward to many years of growth, based on his deep knowledge and expertise in hotel finance and investment, which will allow us to further develop our portfolio of services and continue to meet diverse financial needs. of our customers in the sector.

Ankur’s experience in the hospitality industry includes a former role as CFO for DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: HRD), where he was active in over $1 billion in hotel investments and over $1 billion in dollars of equity and debt financing. Ankur’s previous work experience also includes serving as a senior real estate analyst at Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH).

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About Access Point Financial

Founded in 2011, Atlanta-based Access Point Financial, LLC (APF) is a direct hotel lender that provides financing to qualified hoteliers across the United States. APF’s loan programs are flexible and are typically used for refinancing, acquisition, take-out construction, renovations or brand-mandated PIPs, and value-added transactions, such as asset repositioning , hotel conversions and construction from scratch. APF’s programs are designed specifically for the hospitality industry and offer a competitive alternative to traditional bank financing. APF understands the complexities of the industry and is uniquely positioned to customize its loan programs to meet the needs of its clients, even in times of volatility. For more information, please visit

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Managing Director and Head of Business Development

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