THE company
Dutchfield is a real estate practice and general partner specialized in the development and operation of hospitality-centric assets of exceptional design quality. The Dutchfield portfolio originates from the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County, New York and the Southern Berkshire’s of Litchfield County, Connecticut — areas known for their cultural vibrancy, natural amenities, and active lifestyle offerings.
PORTFOLIO
Dutchfield properties are distinguished as places for conversation, food, art, diverse programming, and high operating standards. Dutchfield focuses on optimizing overlooked or complex assets through thoughtful, deliberate collaboration with local municipalities and communities. The results are enriching and enticing properties keystone to their surrounding communities. Dutchfield’s vertically integrated origination, development, asset management, and operations platforms aim to optimize closely held assets for long term cash flows.
Homesteaded in the mid-1700’s, Troutbeck, in Amenia, New York, is a historic and enchanting estate and full-service hotel of 37 guestrooms and suites, lauded culinary and wellness programs, and singular event-hosting destination. In 2023, Troutbeck was voted in the 50 Best Resorts in the World and #3 in the Northeast by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s recipient of Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards in 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and was on the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List. Troutbeck received a 2019 AHEAD Award – Best Hotel Renovation, Americas; the 2019 TripAdvisor Readers’ Choice; and "Iconic Hotel Design" award from NYCxDesign in 2024.
In early 2025, Litchfield, the storied National Historic Landmark, will welcome Belden House and Mews—Litchfield's first high street hotel in over a century. A two-acre estate with a North Street address offers 31 guestrooms and suites, dining, wellness, a seasonal pool, game lawn, meetings and events spaces. Belden will be an in-town refuge just off the Litchfield Town Green, walkable to the shops, restaurants, and cultural resources of this splendid and vibrant New England town. Belden House and Mews is surrounded by thousands of protected wilderness acres, accessible to year-round recreation, near to both Bantam Lake, Connecticut’s largest natural lake, and Lake Waramaug.
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TEAM

Anthony L Champalimaud
Founder

Bio

Anthony is an experienced developer, advisor, and investor in hospitality-centric real estate who laid the groundwork for Dutchfield when—in 2016 as General Partner—he led the acquisition of Troutbeck, in Amenia, NY, the historic 250-acre estate turned hotel and residential community.

Beginning in 2008 Anthony acted as Vice President of Development for YTL Hotels where he participated in the acquisition and redevelopment of Niseko Village and The Greenleaf Hotel Niseko in Japan; and The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Academy Hotel, London and Monkey Island Estate, Bray in the United Kingdom.

Concurrently, Anthony worked alongside D. R. Horne & Company on a wide range of engagements including advising and brokering the 2021 sale of Sundance Resort, UT on behalf of the Redford Family.

In 2018 The Working Group, the partnership he formed with Douglas Horne, was engaged by a Walton Family investment entity to conceptualize and implement the 140-key Compton Hotel, the independent boutique hotel located on the historic Bentonville town square.

Anthony formerly served as Managing Director and is currently a Board Member of Champalimaud Design. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his B.A. in English and Political Science from Bishop’s University. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.

He serves as a board member of The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield, CT.

ALEX L FARMER 
‍Founder

Bio

Alex is a Co-Founder and Partner at Dutchfield. Prior to Dutchfield, Alex served as the CEO of national retailer Seventh Sense Botanicals where he led the company’s post-bankruptcy reorganization. Prior to Seventh Sense, Alex was a Senior Advisor to the CEO of Travel Leaders Group, a private equity-backed global travel and leisure conglomerate.

Alex also held various roles including finance, operations, capital raising, and corporate development at CPG e-commerce start-up Boxed Wholesale. Prior to his corporate leadership roles, Alex was a Director at Rizvi Traverse Management, a growth-oriented investment firm, where he executed on the firm’s control and minority investments totaling over $1.5 billion in AUM. Alex began his career at Jefferies in the Restructuring Group.

John Sheedy
Operations Director

Bio

John Sheedy brings 35 years in the pursuit of excellence in hospitality to Dutchfield. Since joining Troutbeck in 2017 as Managing Director, he's fostered consistent growth in every facet of the property, and recognition including in 2023 Troutbeck being voted in the 50 Best Resorts in the World and #3 in the Northeast by the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, and Readers’ Choice Awards in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. Now, with Dutchfield, John’s brief expands to include operational oversight and pre-opening activities for Dutchfield’s growing portfolio of hospitality assets.

Over his impressive career, John served as Director of Operations for Hilton Worldwide; opening General Manager leading the launch of The J House Greenwich, CT; Director of Food & Beverage/Regional Food & Beverage for Hilton Worldwide; Food & Beverage Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties—the Westin Times Square and the W New York, for which his departments garnered $15 million and $22 million respectively in annual revenue. Earlier on, John served as Restaurants Director at the Four Seasons Hotel 57th Street, and he was Maître d'Etage at the St. Regis Hotel New York. John lives in Kent, CT.

Sascha Lewis
Culture & Commerce Director

Bio

Sascha joins Dutchfield from Summit Series, where he was Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer.

Previously, Sascha served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Aterian, an e-commerce company publicly listed on NASDAQ, responsible for the marketing efforts of a 14-brand portfolio that generated over $200 million in revenue. Sascha’s global team of more than 20 professionals successfully launched DealMojo, a groundbreaking affiliate platform which generated $20 million in sales within 18 months. Sascha was the CEO and co-founder of Flavorpill Media, which, under his leadership, attracted over 5 million monthly readers, amassed 500,000 email subscribers, and collaborated with a wide range of brand partners, including Audi, Perrier, HBO, ABinBev, jetBlue and Microsoft. In 2018, Flavorpill Media was acquired by Bustle Digital Group. Post sale, Sascha remained as VP Experiential and General Manager of Flavorpill Media at Bustle. He produced over 60 events across the Bustle Digital Group brand portfolio, including tentpole music festivals, wellness crawls, red carpet premiere parties, and presidential candidate town halls. Under his leadership, annual experiential revenue increased by 800%.

Sascha is a co-founder and advisor at EVRYMAN, a men's emotional wellness platform. Sascha lives in Litchfield County.

Tarajia Morrell
Communications Director

Bio

Since 2020, Tarajia has brought her thoughtful communications and marketing skills to Troutbeck, where she continues to work closely with the culinary team to support local sourcing from small farms and to activate special projects, such as visiting guest chefs and women in wine series.

Before Troutbeck, Tarajia worked with exceptional New York City-based culinary clients, such as ACME, Thai Diner, and Gotham—as 3-star chef Victoria Blamey took the helm and garnered a 3-star New York Times review, and brands, like Metrograph, as a trusted communications consultant.

Additionally, Tarajia is a respected writer, whose food, wine, and travel journalism has appeared in myriad publications, including WSJ. Magazine, Food & Wine, Departures, T Magazine, Cherry Bombe, and Vogue.com. In 2023, Tarajia received the James Beard Award for Literary Writing for SAVOR, the book she co-authored with the late chef Fatima Ali. SAVOR also garnered a glowing review in the New York Times and was #3 on Oprah Daily’s Best Memoirs of 2022.

Dan Moore
Group Finance Director

Bio

Dan joins Dutchfield from Santa Cruz Co., the London/New York-based restaurant and design group where he was Director of Finance. He has worked as a senior finance executive in the hotel industry for over twenty years as a Corporate Controller, Director of Finance, and Director of Internal Audit.

Notably, he was Director of Finance & Accounting of Cipriani USA for 7 years, with oversight over 27 entities generating $150 million of annual revenues. He was Director of Finance of the Grammercy Park Hotel and was also Corporate Director of Finance for the Ian Schrager Company. With Schrager, Dan oversaw financial due diligence, capital investment accounting, and pre-opening activities for group acquisitions and developments. For Sage Hospitality, he served as Corporate Director of Property Accounting – Boutique Division. Dan’s career began at Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he created and implemented their internal audit program, and was then appointed Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco on Nob Hill.

Heather Bermingham
Human Resources Director

Bio

Heather joins Dutchfield from LEGOLAND® New York Resort where she was the Head of Central Planning and launched the Central Planning function within the HR department. She led initiatives encompassing SOP and SLA development, KPI formulation, data analysis, and tracking. Heather's responsibilities extended to HR onboarding process development and hiring front-line positions throughout the park, hiring headcount of 2,000+. She was Communications, Training, and Change Lead for Merlin Entertainments North America rollout of UKG on top of her duties at LLNY.

During her tenure as the VP of Project Management at GERITREX CORP, Heather managed strategic cultural change as the company transitioned from a manufacturing facility to an asset light CMO model. She oversaw end-to-end strategic planning, risk analysis, project and process management, and continuous review and reporting.

As the Deputy Director of Intake & Quality Assurance at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Heather supervised the licensing division, including multiple locations, processing units, and a call center. Heather's responsibilities included leading ERP and SaaS implementation projects, and account management for a multimillion-dollar contract with the NYC DOH. She served as the divisional project lead for NYC’s new tobacco & ticketseller law initiatives, as well as the launch and ongoing oversight of the new Queens-based licensing center.

Charlie S. Champalimaud
Program Director

Bio

Since reopening Troutbeck in 2017, Charlie has led its robust arts and culture programming, supporting local artists and crafts people, burgeoning designers, thoughtfully curated performances and installations, and captaining the Troutbeck Symposium.

Charlie is formerly a Program Officer at The Nordic World Heritage Foundation, a Category II Centre working under the auspices of the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Prior to joining the Norwegian UNESCO affiliate, she worked with protection and preservation of Cultural Heritage for EC Ma Ndryshe, a local civil society organization in Kosovo. Early in her career Charlie lived in New York City where she worked for Human Rights Watch in outreach and development. Charlie began her career at the London office of Eurasia Group, the global political risk consultancy.

Charlie holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School and a B.A. in War Studies from Kings College, London. She currently sits on the board of Human Rights Watch Foundation in Norway and the Housatonic Valley Association.

Samuel Funk
Capital Projects Manager

Bio

Prior to joining Dutchfield as Capital Projects Manager, Sam worked with Mark Mennin Sculpture Studios in Bethlehem, Connecticut, as a Stone Sculpture Fabricator. During his tenure, he designed the construction of a state-of-the-art fabrication room and managed the day-to-day operations of the studio, including scheduling, vendor and client relations, and heavy machinery operation. Sam is an experienced Project Manager and Installation Specialist with a passion for bringing large-scale ideas to life. Responsible for fabricating over 40 large-scale stone sculptures for prestigious institutions and private clients, Sam played a key role in the realization of projects for artists such as William Tucker and Ursula Von Rydingsvard.

Before his tenure with Mark Mennin, Sam worked at Cherokee Enterprises as a Team Coordinator and Operator. Notable projects during this period include designing, installing, and testing a methane extraction and disposal system for the United States Military Prep School in West Point, NY, and serving as the Safety Coordinator for the Federal Railroad Construction Project from  Bridgeport to Milford CT.Sam is a Board Member of both the Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) and the Washington Art Association, and a trustee of the First Ecclesiastical Society of New Preston. Sam attended Syracuse University where he majored in Writing & Rhetoric and minored in Middle Eastern Studies. He lives in Washington, CT.

Diogo Corte-Real
Chief of Staff

Bio

Diogo joined Dutchfield following a year of cross-department management training at Troutbeck, Amenia, New York. Prior to joining Troutbeck he worked at Philip Morris International coordinating the digital department to meet data privacy standards and implementing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Diogo earned a First-Class Honors LL.B and Scottish Master in Law & International Relations from the University of Edinburgh.

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