about us

At HMD Asia, we pride ourselves in the investment, development and management of boutique hotels and destination restaurants and bars in Southeast Asia. We are a unique and passionate management company, and our goal is to be regionally recognized as creative and successful developers and operators. At HMD Asia, we aim to innovate and deliver value that people aspire to work for and partner with. Our core values; Excellent standards of output, Passion in what we do, Creativity in design, Partnerships that lead to win-win situations, Respect for each other, and Community and social responsibilities ultimately define who we are at HMD Asia.

Vision

To be a unique and passionate management company that continues to innovate and
deliver value that people aspire to work for and partner with.

Mission

To be globally recognized as a creative and successful developer and operator of
independent, boutique hotels and destination restaurants and bars in Southeast Asia.

Value

Excellence – standards of output
Passion – in what we do
Creativity – in design and in approach
Partnership -“win win” relationships
Responsibility – for outcomes
Respect – for each other
Community – social responsibility.

OUR TEAM

Sokoun Chanpreda
Managing Director

Sokoun has been involved in the hotel and restaurant business for more than fifteen years, which might seem like a short time, but in that time his concepts have garnered a host of awards and accolades, and his properties are recognized as leaders in their regions. However, Sokoun is more than his corporate avatar, his concepts are also garnering attention for their positive social and environmental impact.

Sokoun is primarily responsible for seeking out opportunities to expand the Shinta Mani and Hotel de la Paix brands across Asia. Raised in Bangkok, with roots in Cambodia, Sokoun is a native son to Southeast Asia, but received his BA at Boston University. His experience extends to high-end jewelry and hotel property development.

As founder of HMD Asia, Bed Management, Hotel de la Paix, Shinta Mani, Bed Superclub, Hot Rod, Aha and other concepts Sokoun brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the boardroom table.

Sokoun Chanpreda
Managing Director

Sokoun has been involved in the hotel and restaurant business for more than fifteen years, which might seem like a short time, but in that time his concepts have garnered a host of awards and accolades, and his properties are recognized as leaders in their regions. However, Sokoun is more than his corporate avatar, his concepts are also garnering attention for their positive social and environmental impact.

Sokoun is primarily responsible for seeking out opportunities to expand the Shinta Mani and Hotel de la Paix brands across Asia. Raised in Bangkok, with roots in Cambodia, Sokoun is a native son to Southeast Asia, but received his BA at Boston University. His experience extends to high-end jewelry and hotel property development.

As founder of HMD Asia, Bed Management, Hotel de la Paix, Shinta Mani, Bed Superclub, Hot Rod, Aha and other concepts Sokoun brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the boardroom table.

William Richard Bensley
Designer

Upon completing his Master’s at Harvard, Bill began his career in Asia with Belt Collins & Associates in Singapore, where he eventually took the post Managing Director of their Hong Kong office. Since opening his own design studio, his reputation has steadily grown throughout the region for his near encyclopedic horticultural knowledge as well as his use and adaptation of ethnic art forms.

Bill travels extensively around the region, and continues to study and adapt his work to the unique characteristics and cultures. He loves his job and takes great joy in building long-term relationships with clients.

William Richard Bensley
Designer

Upon completing his Master’s at Harvard, Bill began his career in Asia with Belt Collins & Associates in Singapore, where he eventually took the post Managing Director of their Hong Kong office. Since opening his own design studio, his reputation has steadily grown throughout the region for his near encyclopedic horticultural knowledge as well as his use and adaptation of ethnic art forms.

Bill travels extensively around the region, and continues to study and adapt his work to the unique characteristics and cultures. He loves his job and takes great joy in building long-term relationships with clients.

So Sokha
Financial Controller

Sokha arrived at HMD Asia directly from KPMG, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become an Auditing Manager responsible specifically in the area of hotel and tourism. She was responsible for a wide range of audit assignments which require awareness of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Tax Laws and Regulations, and understanding of financial and operational systems. She now works as HMD Asia’s Financial Controller reporting directly to the Managing Director.

So Sokha
Financial Controller

Sokha arrived at HMD Asia directly from KPMG, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become an Auditing Manager responsible specifically in the area of hotel and tourism. She was responsible for a wide range of audit assignments which require awareness of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Tax Laws and Regulations, and understanding of financial and operational systems. She now works as HMD Asia’s Financial Controller reporting directly to the Managing Director.

Brad Akins
Shinta Mani Foundation Director

Brad has been involved in the restaurant business most of his adult life, but has also worked on projects for hotels, cafes, and even hospitals. He has worked on projects in some of the toughest areas of the world, bringing first world experience and efficiency to Southeast Asia.

Brad is responsible for coordinating new projects for HMD Asia as well as coordinating improvement projects with existing properties.

Brad Akins
Shinta Mani Foundation Director

Brad has been involved in the restaurant business most of his adult life, but has also worked on projects for hotels, cafes, and even hospitals. He has worked on projects in some of the toughest areas of the world, bringing first world experience and efficiency to Southeast Asia.

Brad is responsible for coordinating new projects for HMD Asia as well as coordinating improvement projects with existing properties.

Jason Friedman
Concept & Creative Director

A native New Yorker, Jason has spent the past 2 decades in the hospitality industry working across Asia with brands such as Four Seasons, Raffles and Aman resorts as well as independent properties such as The Siam and qualia. Jason has an established track record of success in leading the development, opening and operating of some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts. His extensive network of travel industry professionals from press to trade has given him one of his greatest strengths which is to successfully position, promote and market his hotels quickly and effectively.

Jason is a certified PADI SCUBA instructor with 27 years diving

Jason Friedman
Concept & Creative Director

A native New Yorker, Jason has spent the past 2 decades in the hospitality industry working across Asia with brands such as Four Seasons, Raffles and Aman resorts as well as independent properties such as The Siam and qualia. Jason has an established track record of success in leading the development, opening and operating of some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts. His extensive network of travel industry professionals from press to trade has given him one of his greatest strengths which is to successfully position, promote and market his hotels quickly and effectively.

Jason is a certified PADI SCUBA instructor with 27 years diving

Janet Chan
Group Director of Sales & Marketing

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Janet Chan is the Group Director of Sales & Marketing for Shinta Mani Hotels.

With 20 years of experience across Asia Pacific, Janet developed her passion for luxury travel while working with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotel Group in Sydney.  She relocated to Asia in 2010 for Hotel de la Paix Siem Reap, and worked across the region with Raffles Hotels and Resorts, VOMO Island Fiji and most recently with Accor Luxury Brands.

Janet Chan
Group Director of Sales & Marketing
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Janet Chan is the Group Director of Sales & Marketing for Shinta Mani Hotels.

With 20 years of experience across Asia Pacific, Janet developed her passion for luxury travel while working with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotel Group in Sydney.  She relocated to Asia in 2010 for Hotel de la Paix Siem Reap, and worked across the region with Raffles Hotels and Resorts, VOMO Island Fiji and most recently with Accor Luxury Brands.