about us

HMD Asia is the proud owner and management company of Shinta Mani Hotels, in addition to investments in numerous other hospitality and real estate assets across Asia.

Our unique approach to ownership and management is imbedded in our belief that our hotels should have a purpose and be of benefit to the communities in which we operate, with sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of all we do.

Our passionate owners, designers and management team have decades of experience operating the most admired hospitality businesses in the world, bringing innovative and creative experiences to our guests, together with a service culture that develops and recognises excellence, creating a compassionate, fun place of work that our staff are proud to be a part of.

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 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
Jason Friedman
Director of Product & Development
A native New Yorker, Jason has spent the past 30 years in the hospitality industry working across Asia with brands such as Four Seasons, Raffles, Rosewood and Amanresorts as well as developing and opening independent properties such as The Siam Bangkok and qualia Australia.      He and his hotels have received many accolades including Best General Manager Worldwide 2015 by Gallivanter’s Guide and Best Hotel Manager Worldwide 2013 by Andrew Harper – The Hideaway Report.

A graduate of Cornell University with a Masters of Management in Hospitality and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lewis and Clark College, Jason is uniquely qualified to develop and manage luxury properties.

Jason looks after all product developmemt for HMDAsia.

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.

Stephanie Andrade
Group Director of Sales

A dual citizen of the United States of America and Ecuador, Stephanie’s hospitality career spans 15 years in global sales and marketing, based in America and Asia.

From her roles with Hyatt in Florida and Hong Kong, Stephanie moved to Vietnam at the beginning of 2014 and worked for 4 years with JW Marriott hotels in Hanoi and Phu Quoc.

Stephanie returns to Asia and the hotel industry after two years in Ecuador as the VP of Global Sales for Cacao EcoVillage; a circular economy hospitality model that develops new ethical and highly traceable cacao-based products.

Her recent experience in Ecuador will be invaluable in supporting the important work of the Shinta Mani Foundation which is at the heart of Shinta Mani Hotels’ philosophy, supporting the local communities in which they live and work through the pillars of education, health and personal assistance.

In her new role, based in Bangkok, Stephanie will represent Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas in Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Wild – A Bensley Collection, and the newest addition to the group, Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection in Nepal.

Stephanie will also oversee the newest addition to the group, the Jati Resort Brand, scheduled to open in Q2 2023 on Koh Russey (Bamboo Island) in southern Cambodia.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA.

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