Timothy Busch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
A true hospitality visionary and leader, Tim Busch is on the leading edge of trends that are driving innovation in the hospitality industry. He brings nearly 35 years of business and industry experience to his role as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC. Through his pioneering leadership, Pacific Hospitality Group has become a premier hotel development and management firm backed by a strategic vision and strong core values.
Busch has played a key role in the organization’s successful branding strategy, targeting travelers of all ages, including discerning young customers who are adventure and technology savvy. Under his direction, Pacific Hospitality Group participated in the recent acquisition of Bacara Resort & Spa and the 2012 acquisition of the landmark Balboa Bay Resort and Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, adding to its portfolio of properties, which includes the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in San Diego, and The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley.
Most recently, Busch helped lead the creation of the Meritage Collection, a new life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries, and golf courses. The Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California’s most spectacular locations—La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach, and Santa Barbara. These design-focused and stylish properties include creative restaurants, relaxed lounges, and inviting social spaces. Also included in the collection is Napa Valley’s Trinitas Cellars, which is owned by Busch, a wine connoisseur.
With an extensive finance, legal, and management background, Busch has founded and led many companies, including The Busch Firm, which specializes in high-net worth estate planning, tax, and real estate and business legal transactions. He is also part-owner and managing partner of the Stone Eagle Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., and co-owner of Busch’s Markets – a 15-location specialty grocery store – the largest independently owned grocery chain in Michigan.
Busch, an attorney, CPA and licensed California real estate broker, graduated from Wayne State Law School. The father of two, along with his wife Steph, is also an active supporter of several prominent Catholic organizations, and was instrumental in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s purchase of the Crystal Cathedral.
When he’s not making business deals, Busch can be found traveling, on the golf course, or enjoying a glass of good wine.
Steve Arnold, President & Chief Operating Officer
Steve Arnold, CHA, is President and Chief Operations Officer, overseeing the PHG's hotel operations. Mr. Arnold has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having held numerous management positions with Stovall Hotels, DoubleTree Hotels, WestCoast Hotels, and Tarsadia Hotels. Mr. Arnold joined Pacific Hospitality Group in March 2003 as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort. Shortly thereafter he was elevated to President of Pacific Hospitality Group.
For many years, Mr. Arnold has served both on the Executive Committee for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board, as well as the Board of Directors for the Anaheim Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association. Mr. Arnold enjoys golf, running, and spending time with his family.
Wade Branning, Chief Information Officer
Wade Branning is Chief Information Officer overseeing all information technology, system integration, design of operating systems and reporting, financial analysis for development projects and overall growth planning and strategy. Prior positions held with PHG include Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Director of Administration, expanding his duties as the portfolio has grown. Mr. Branning formerly worked as an accountant for The Busch Firm.
Mr. Branning attended Montana State University, where he studied Business Management, Art, Architecture, and Engineering. Recreationally, he enjoys bicycling, kayaking, swimming, hiking, running, and other outdoor activities. Mr. Branning’s other accomplishments consist of numerous triathlons, including the completion of two Ironman races.
Jared Jones, Chief Financial Officer
Jared Jones, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Hospitality Group. Mr. Jones oversees all aspects of accounting and finance for all of the Pacific Hospitality Group managed hotels. Prior to his current role Mr. Jones worked for six years as CFO of The Busch Group and corporate controller for PHG. Jared has managed all aspects of finance, accounting, cash flow, payroll, operations, and human resources over various industries prior to his current role at PHG.
Jared Graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is licensed in the state of California as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Jones Currently sits on the board of directors for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. A native of Newport Beach, Jared enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and the beach.
Kory Kramer, Chief Investment Officer
Kory Kramer is Chief Investment Officer for Pacific Hospitality Group. Mr. Kramer leads all company investment activities including acquisition and disposition of hotel properties, development and construction, asset management, and investor relations. In early 2013, he directed the acquisition of Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara from an affiliate of Ohana Real Estate Investors and Rockpoint Group. In 2012, his accomplishments comprised $300 million of transactions including the expansion of The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, acquisition of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa from Lowe Enterprises/Destination Hotels & Resorts, and the acquisition of The Balboa Bay Club & Resort/Newport Beach Country Club. Mr. Kramer concurrently serves as Managing Director of The Busch Firm, overseeing administration for the boutique law firm specializing in serving high net-worth clients, as well as Chief of Staff for The Busch Group, which includes managing a diversified business and financial portfolio including non-profit entities.
Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston College. He serves on the Board of Directors and is currently President of Napa Valley Commons (largest corporate park in Napa Valley). Mr. Kramer also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Newport Beach and enjoys the beach, politics, college football, and traveling.
Dave Gerdes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Dave Gerdes is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for all hotel properties. Mr. Gerdes has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry having held numerous sales and marketing positions with Marriott Hotels, Interstate Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Carlson Hotels, Omni Hotels, and Destination Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Gerdes joined Pacific Hospitality Group in January 2012 through the acquisition of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.
A native of Pennsylvania and Penn State graduate, Mr. Gerdes has worked extensively throughout the United States and has been involved with over 75 properties, over a dozen major brands, and some of the top independent resorts in the country. Mr. Gerdes enjoys all sports, US history, travel, running, relaxing, and spending time with his family.
Terri Reid, Corporate Director of Marketing
Terri Reid is the Corporate Director of Marketing for PHG and oversees all aspects of marketing, including direction, development, and execution of brand marketing programs. Ms. Reid has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry having held senior sales and marketing positions with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, and three independent luxury properties. She is experienced with all aspects of pre-opening, renovation, rebranding, and re-launching luxury properties.
Ms. Reid has lived and worked in California, Hawaii, and Australia. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Visit Newport Beach, and previously held board positions with the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association. With family living in Japan, Australia, and throughout the United States, Ms. Reid enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Maria Patrick, Corporate Director of Human Resources
Ms. Patrick is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s Human Resources. Ms. Patrick has over 20 years’ experience in leading Human Resources, Organizational Development, Learning and Development, and Coaching.
Prior to joining Pacific Hospitality Group, Ms. Patrick held Senior Management positions in Hospitality, Publishing, E-Learning, and Executive Coaching Companies. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Ms. Patrick enjoys traveling, the beach, and spending time with her family.
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