Carson College of Business Faculty Directory
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Hospitality Business Management
Phone: (425) 890-5005
Office: TODD HALL
With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hotel Administration in 1977 from Washington State University, Brian began his career with Westin Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii and later with Doubletree Hotels in Seattle gaining a wide range of experience and exposure in all aspects of hospitality functions and operations.<br><br>As an Associate at the firm of Laventhol & Horwath, a national hotel and real es-tate consulting company, Brian spent four years conducting feasibility analysis and appraisals for a variety of development projects and convention facilities located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.<br><br>Brian returned to Westin Hotels & Resorts in 1986 where he was responsible for market and financial feasibility studies, facilities planning, and investment analysis for a variety of hotel and resort projects in North America and Asia. Later, as Director of Development, he was responsible for marketing Westin’s hotel management, franchise and development services. During his 11-year career with Westin, Brian was also involved in the acquisition of several hotel and resort properties.<br><br>After the long stint with Westin, Brian joined Intracorp as a Commercial Project Manager where he was responsible for identifying office development opportunities, negotiating land purchase and sale agreements and assembling and coordinating project consultants. In addition, Brian was responsible for the leasing and ultimate disposition of the 80,000 square foot, Intracorp Building and two industrial properties developed by Intracorp.<br><br>Brian established Pinnacle Real Estate LLC in 2001 to provide comprehensive hotel real estate services to users and investors.<br>With the start up of Pinnacle Real Estate LLC, Brian prepared an extensive development study for the owners of the Bank of California building in downtown Seattle.<br><br>Brian then represented an investor in the purchase and redevelopment of the waterfront resort facility now known as Alderbrook Resort & Spa which was purchased in December 2001. As the owner’s fee developer, Pinnacle Real Estate developed the renovation plan and budget, selected the project consultants and managed an aggressive construction schedule with completion of the renovation and the re-opening of the 93-room, Alderbrook Resort, in June 2004. In conjunction with the resort renovation project, Brian worked with the Washington State Department of Transportation and local private property owners to relocate a one-half mile section of State highway around the resort. Brian was responsible for the property and asset management of the resort until the end of 2019 when he retired.<br><br>Additionally, Brian was responsible for the redevelopment and management of the Hood Canal Marina located one mile west of Alderbrook Resort & Spa until the end of 2019. This project included the permitting and construction of a 40-slip marina and new fuel dock, as well as the renovation of a 6,000 square foot waterfront marina building, featuring the Union City Market and the waterfront event space.<br><br>A more recent project was the renovation of the Salish Lodge & Spa guestrooms. With the hotel operational and under an extremely tight construction schedule, all 88 guestrooms and 4 suites were completely renovated. Brian was responsible for selecting the contractor & design team and coordinating all aspects of the project including permitting, construction, purchasing, FF&E installation, budget and schedule.<br><br>Brian provided consulting services to hotel and resort projects in the Pacific Northwest. Recent assignments include a proposed 115-room resort hotel in Sun Valley and a 190-room hotel in downtown Seattle.<br><br>Brian has been on the Advisory Board for Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management since 2006 (Chair from 2012 to 2014) and a trustee with Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Con-servancy) from 2006 to 2012.