Meet Our Team

Jens von Gierke, Principal & Founder

Jens is the founder and principal of Wave Hospitality Advisors. Jens founded Wave Hospitality in 2009 and brings 30 years of hospitality experience to the project. Jens leads the company in all aspects and is involved in each and every project. His responsibilities with the company include hotel franchise negotiations, detailed design and program reviews, pre-opening and development budget reviews, hotel management operator negotiations, specialty consultant recommendations (e-marketing, technology, etc), market research and analysis, staff recruiting and referrals, and staff training.


Nicole von Gierke, Partner & Co-Founder


Jenna Figueroa, Vice President of Operations

Since joining the Wave Hospitality team in 2011, Jenna’s responsibilities have grown to include design and development review, pre-development budget analysis, market research and feasibility analysis, monthly asset management reporting, franchise application process facilitation, report preparation, and accounting analysis (on a corporate level).


Jason Pasternak, Project Manager

Jason has filled the role of project manager and acquisition support for Wave Hospitality Advisors since 2009. Jason’s responsibilities include acquisition model development, financial analysis, feasibility study analysis, operational support and report preparation.


Dan Figueroa, Project Manager

Wave Hospitality’s newest team member, Dan brings over 20 years of project and construction management experience to the team. Dan’s responsibilities include creating and maintaining budgets and schedules, coordinating design and development teams, financial analysis, city municipality liaison support, and report preparation.


Dag Wilkinson, Legal Counsel

Dag brings 30 years of legal experience to the Wave team, consulting on a variety of hotel disclosures and agreements that Wave Hospitality’s various owners are currently negotiating. His responsibilities include document review and analysis (franchise agreements, term sheets, letters of intent, management agreements, etc), as well as entity creation and establishment.


Natalia von Gierke, Kids' Amenities Specialist, Hotel Advisory

Sophia von Gierke, Kids' Sports Specialist, Hotel Advisory