Brian Flaherty has over 35 years of management and leadership experience in a variety of branded and independent hospitality industry settings. As chief operating officer of Columbia Hospitality, Brian oversees and guides companywide operations at the Seattle Support Center and in the field. Additionally, as Managing Director of the Port of Seattle Conference and Event Centers, he provides oversight of event related activities at the Port of Seattle owned assets: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, the World Trade Center Seattle and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal on the Seattle waterfront.
Brian joined Columbia from the Bellevue Club and Hotel Bellevue, where he served as general manager for several years. Previously, he held the position of vice president of operations at MTM Luxury Lodging, where he led the team that opened Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle. In subsequent years he was involved with several other independent hotels throughout the Puget Sound region. He first came to the area in late 1999 to be general manager at the Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle when it flew the Four Seasons flag. Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Brian worked in various North American locations with both Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and The Mariner Group. He currently serves on the Board of Visit Seattle.
Brian graduated from Broward College. He resides on Mercer Island with his wife of 35 years; they have two daughters with whom they visit as much as possible. He also enjoys being with extended family and friends; his interests include travel, food, wine, technology, reading and being outdoors in the amazing Pacific Northwest.
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