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.

Anthony Lark
Anthony Lark
Executive Director

Born in Australia, Anthony started his 3-decades long career in hospitality in Sydney,  including the opening the Regent (now Four Seasons), before moving to Thailand as opening General Manager of Amanresorts first and flagship resort when he was 27 years old, running Amanpuri for 12 years,  with responsibility for the openings/operations of Aman properties in Bali and Myanmar.

Anthony then partnered with the owners of Trisara to help design, develop and manage the operations of the resort and the sale of 30 large villas, including Phuket’s first and only Michelin Star restaurant, PRU.

He also established and was founding President of the Phuket Hotels Association.

Anthony now leads the operations and development of HMD’s hospitality management business, where his passion for sustainability and education combine with his love of creating exceptional hospitality experiences for our staff and guests.

Anthony is married with 4 sons.

Anthony Lark
Anthony Lark
Executive Director

Born in Australia, Anthony started his 3-decades long career in hospitality in Sydney,  including the opening the Regent (now Four Seasons), before moving to Thailand as opening General Manager of Amanresorts first and flagship resort when he was 27 years old, running Amanpuri for 12 years,  with responsibility for the openings/operations of Aman properties in Bali and Myanmar.

Anthony then partnered with the owners of Trisara to help design, develop and manage the operations of the resort and the sale of 30 large villas, including Phuket’s first and only Michelin Star restaurant, PRU.

He also established and was founding President of the Phuket Hotels Association.

Anthony now leads the operations and development of HMD’s hospitality management business, where his passion for sustainability and education combine with his love of creating exceptional hospitality experiences for our staff and guests.

Anthony is married with 4 sons.

Douglas Louden
Asset Manager

Douglas Louden, throughout his career has demonstrated expertise in developing operations systems and effecting service refinements with a focus on people and the culture of the operating environment.

He began his career in the hospitality industry in London with Gleneagles Hotels, followed by employment with Regent International in Australia and Shangri La in China. He was General Manager of the Pan Pacific Bangkok where he was recognized for his community work by UNICEF and played an active role in the Thai Hotels Association.

He later became Corporate Director of Operations for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, overseeing operations from the West Coast of USA to Japan, West and South East Asia. He then joined Hotel Properties Ltd as Vice President, Operations, included in his role was the development of the Hard Rock Hotels brand. In 2006 he joined Hong Kong Resorts as General Manager – Hospitality, where his primary role was to oversee infrastructure operations of Hong Kong’s largest private residential development.

 Clients have included owners of brands such as: Ritz Carlton, Conrad, Park Hyatt, JW Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Rosewood, Six Senses, Radisson, Sheraton, Doubletree, Sofitel, Novotel and a range of independent products.

Douglas Louden
Douglas Louden
Douglas Louden
Asset Manager

Douglas Louden, throughout his career has demonstrated expertise in developing operations systems and effecting service refinements with a focus on people and the culture of the operating environment.

He began his career in the hospitality industry in London with Gleneagles Hotels, followed by employment with Regent International in Australia and Shangri La in China. He was General Manager of the Pan Pacific Bangkok where he was recognized for his community work by UNICEF and played an active role in the Thai Hotels Association.

He later became Corporate Director of Operations for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, overseeing operations from the West Coast of USA to Japan, West and South East Asia. He then joined Hotel Properties Ltd as Vice President, Operations, included in his role was the development of the Hard Rock Hotels brand. In 2006 he joined Hong Kong Resorts as General Manager – Hospitality, where his primary role was to oversee infrastructure operations of Hong Kong’s largest private residential development.

 Clients have included owners of brands such as: Ritz Carlton, Conrad, Park Hyatt, JW Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Rosewood, Six Senses, Radisson, Sheraton, Doubletree, Sofitel, Novotel and a range of independent products.

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