IRIS GOURP

Who We Are

With more than 80 years combined experience, the Executive Team have development the business meticulously by understanding the property market cycle and taken this Australian-owned private enterprise from a small property development company to a highly regarded industry competitor.

Sam Arnaout
Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of IRIS Capital, Sam Arnaout is responsible for determining strategic direction and overseeing the group’s diverse operations. Sam possesses an intimate understanding of the hotel industry obtained from over 20 years in hospitality business management. Sam also has significant experience in retail and residential property development.

His in-depth knowledge regarding feasibility, planning and approval processes, contract negotiation and project management of properties ensure IRIS Capital is well placed to deliver on its future property pipeline.

Melissa Sheehan
Financial Controller

Melissa Sheehan has over 15 years experience providing accounts services to the public and has been with IRIS Capital for over 8 years. Melissa is responsible for the finance and accounting functions of the operating businesses. Melissa supervises a team of accountants to provide timely management reporting to assist ongoing management decisions. Melissa is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a Registered BAS agent, a Register Tax Agent and a Registered Self-Managed Super Fund Auditor.

Rod Lawson
Group General Manager

With over 18 years hands-on operational experience within a diverse range of hotels and entertainment venues, Rod Lawson joined IRIS Capital in 2006. Rod is responsible for the daily operations of the business as a whole. From acquisition and supplier negotiation, upgrades and redevelopment of the hotels; to managing 450+ hospitality staff and ensuring the management team achieve their targets to better the business and create prospects for the community. Rod is adept at anticipating and utilising property cycles to ensure that IRIS Capital grows and creates opportunities for both internal and external stakeholders and their interests.

Warren Duarte
Development Manager

Warren Duarte joined IRIS Capital in 2015 with over 30 years commercial experience having previously worked for international accounting firms, ASX listed and private property development companies. Warren is responsible for the planning of IRIS Capital’s significant Sydney property portfolio and co-ordinates a diverse range of consultants to deliver strategic outcomes, which contribute to asset growth and add value for the company. In addition to bringing to fruition the over 1,500 apartments in the development pipeline, Warren is also involved with the upgrades that IRIS Capital undertakes on it’s Hotels to keep its product offering fresh and ahead of the competition. Warren holds an Economics Degree from Macquarie University, and is continually keeping up to date with industry changes and trends.