The Executive Team at Pacific Hospitality Group
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.
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.
Nate Tanner, Executive Vice President, Asset Management
Nate Tanner leads the Asset Management Team for the Busch Family of Companies. His 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.
His 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.
Sven Grunder, Vice President of Operations
Sven Grunder is Vice President of Operations overseeing PHG’s legacy hotels. Mr. Grunder has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having held numerous management positions with InterContinental Hotels Group and Prime Hospitality/AmeriSuites Hotels. Sven has extensive background in limited service, extended stay, resort and full service hotels. He has also had the privilege of opening 4 hotels during his hospitality career.
Mr. Grunder 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. Sven is an avid cyclist, enjoys fishing, water sports and traveling with his family.
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