James focuses on business development, onboarding incoming properties to Columbia Hospitality, preopening advising for properties in development, and operations oversight of various hotel properties. In addition to hotel operations, James oversees financial planning & analytics for hospitality assets in development at CH. This includes cash flow forecasting, preopening budget generation, owner return analysis, and operations programmatic design and analysis.
James brings a blended perspective of hands-on property operations, finance, and strategy experience. He has worked in various leadership roles at the Heathman Hotel Kirkland, Salish Lodge & Spa, and The State Hotel. Before joining Columbia Hospitality, he worked at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago working in commercial lending and strategy.
James is a University of Puget Sound graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He lives with his wife, Tess in Seattle and enjoys spending time with friends and family, snow skiing, water skiing, running, and cooking.
James enjoys the innate ability of being personable and inquisitive.