The Executive Team at Pacific Hospitality Group
Timothy Busch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
A true hospitality visionary and leader, Tim Busch brings nearly 35 years of business and hospitality industry experience to his role as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hospitality Group, which is a premier hotel development and management firm with 10 hotels and resorts located throughout the United States.
Based in Irvine, California, the company owns, manages, finances and develops hotels in iconic destinations. PHG serves as the parent company to a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Meritage Collection hotels include Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa near San Diego, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, and two Napa Valley properties – The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina Resort (opening summer 2018).
With an extensive finance, legal, and management background, Tim 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.
Tim, 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.
Garrett Busch is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and in his role, Garrett oversees the company’s lifestyle experience offering, implementing MBM, and broadening our investor base. Garrett brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience to his position with a leadership and operational background in the wine industry.
Prior to joining the company, Garrett graduated from The University of Notre Dame, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and an MBA in finance. Garrett was born and raised in Southern California.
Kent Crandall is the Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Kent provides financial leadership to PHG and its hospitality assets. He oversees finance and accounting, in-house counsel, and investor relations for the company.
Kent joins the company as a recognized leader within the industry with more than 23 years of corporate finance experience. He has demonstrated financial and strategic leadership throughout his career and was named the 2015 CFO of The Year by the Orange County Business Journal.
Sven Grunder, Vice President of Operations
Sven Grunder is the Vice President of Operations overseeing PHG’s branded properties under the AC Hotels by Marriott®, and DoubleTree by HiltonTM flags. Sven has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having held numerous management positions with IHG and Prime Hospitality/AmeriSuites Hotels. Sven’s extensive background in limited service, extended stay, resort and full-service hotels has helped with successfully opening four hotels during his hospitality career.
Sven graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. He currently serves as a board member for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Center and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel & Lodging Association.
Paul McCormick, Senior Vice President of Operations, is responsible for driving the tactical operations for the company’s hospitality assets, including the Meritage Collection, a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties, and branded properties under the AC Hotels by Marriott®, and DoubleTree by HiltonTM flags, as well as overseeing sales, marketing, and revenue strategy.
During his nearly 30 years in the hospitality industry, Paul has held multiple operational positions, including Vice President and Managing Director of La Costa Resort and Spa, Senior Vice President of Operations at Miraval Resorts, Vice President of Operations for the Premium Lifestyle Division of Sage Hospitality. In addition, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate, Paul also served KSL Resorts as Vice President & Managing Director of Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin and Vice President & General Manager of La Quinta Resort & Club & PGA West in La Quinta, California, and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Michigan.
John Moody, Vice President of Finance
John Moody is Vice President of Finance for Pacific Hospitality Group. John arranges conventional financing for Pacific Hospitality Group and its affiliated companies having successfully originated, structured and closed over $3 billion in debt financings. His areas of loan expertise include construction and permanent real estate loans particularly hospitality, school bond financing, business loans and personal lines of credit. Mr. Moody graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Long Beach State University. Prior to Pacific Hospitality Group, John was president of Busch Financial Services, and an executive at Bank of America and Security Pacific Bank.
An avid surfer, John is a co-founder of Miocean, a non-profit foundation that helps preserve Orange County’s 42 miles of coastline and serves on the Board of the Kelly Slater Foundation. John was instrumental in the development and financing of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano and served on the Board for over 8 years. John loves to travel with friends to exotic surf breaks, plays guitar, and enjoys golf and deep-sea fishing.
Jana leads the People & Culture team and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to management teams across the organization and partnering with them to align all people and culture programs with our vision, guiding principles and company objectives.
She brings 20+ years of experience with proven success in achieving operational excellence, driving a culture of continuous improvement, structuring programs that reward outstanding performance and promote engagement, and building and developing highly effective teams to deliver results.
Jana has an MBA from Pepperdine University, undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara.
Nate Tanner, Executive Vice President, Asset Management
Nate Tanner is the Executive Vice President, Asset Management. Nate’s responsibilities include design, construction and renovation as well as CAPEX planning, new business strategy, asset management, project management, procurement, and technology systems for the various assets. Nate also brings world-class design and concept development to the company driving the concepts for all new developments.
As a hospitality veteran, Nate brings more than 25 years’ experience working for independent restaurant groups, small and large luxury hotels and resorts, and boutique hotels and resorts brings a great focus to our world class operations.
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