Director of Operations
Colby has nurtured a lifelong passion for hospitality in various professional disciplines over the past eight years. Beginning at the luxury boutique Hotel Monaco in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he worked in each department of the hotel and developed an affinity for food and beverage. After finishing his degree in hospitality administration at Cornell University, Colby began working as a real estate investor in Chicago for Walton Street Capital. He focused on transitional hospitality assets aimed at completing large scale renovations and improving operations by way of re-concepting F&B venues, growing profit margins through revenue and cost management, and implementing creative marketing strategies. His firm's projects during his tenure included the Thompson Hotel Chicago, which features Nico Osteria, operated by famed Chicago restaurant group, One-Off Hospitality, and the Hotel Lincoln Chicago, which included adding a retractable roof over the bar to capitalize on year-round demand in Chicago's cold winters. After moving to San Francisco in 2015, Colby continued his real estate career at Rockpoint Group and, in his free time, he consulted for restaurant teams - offering managerial, operational, and real estate guidance. When he's not working, Colby can be found skiing in Tahoe during the day and dancing to techno all night.