Spokane's hospitality scene has quickly bounced back after COVID-19's unprecedented economic hit. The hospitality industry includes restaurants, retail, coffee shops, hotels, casinos, entertainment, and other tourism-related services - all of which we have seen a resurgence during the past few years. Whether it be a Spokane staple such as the Davenport Hotel or new concepts like Uprise Brewing Co. and Blockhouse Life – the growing list continues.
Our March Panel discussion will feature key business professionals and companies that have helped form the foundation and continue to shape the future of Spokane's hospitality industry moving forward. Join us on Thursday, March 9th, to learn about future project opportunities in this fast-growing industry.
Brooke Baker Spink, Baker Construction & Development - As Chief Development Officer at Baker Construction & Development, Inc., Brooke works to drive strategy with client relations, develop approaches to the market, and drive prospects to contract awards. She currently serves the community in the following capacity: Spokane International Airport Board Member, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect, Greater Spokane Incorporated Executive Board Member, Spokane Sports Commission board member, Innovia Foundation Finance Committee Chair-Elect, and Past Honorary Commander at Fairchild Airforce Base with the aerospace medical readiness squadron.
Matthew Collins, Uptic Studios - Matthew founded Uptic Studios in 2010 with the goal of fostering a collaborative design and architectural services studio. Matthew’s passion for design has led to work in design aesthetics, material fabrication, and needs-based project planning, management, and development. Through these endeavors, Matthew constantly strives to integrate a holistic, user-centered approach to each project that enables the delivery of quality design of exceptional value. Matthew received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington State University before continuing his graduate studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, during which he focused on ethnographic design and storytelling to develop successful design criteria. Matthew is active in the community, having served on boards for the City of Spokane Design Review and Spokane Arts Commission.
Craig Crowley, DCI Engineers - Craig Crowley, Principal, and Chief Operating Officer at DCI Engineers, is based in Spokane. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in civil engineering and has been with DCI Engineers for 26 years. Craig’s led various projects ranging from high-rise and large mid-rise projects, schools, and hospitals to high-end single-family homes. Additionally, he has involvement with many hospitality projects within our region and beyond. Craig thoroughly values the relationships he’s formed across our industry and relishes helping the teams at DCI solve challenging problems.
Ruth Fitzgerald, VP of Sales, Visit Spokane - Ruth Fitzgerald is the Vice President of Sales & Services for Visit Spokane and often says she has the best job in the city! Leading the Convention Team in promoting all of Spokane’s hotels, meeting venues, restaurants, attractions, and support services, her team is responsible for attracting and booking large conventions to our region. Ruth began her hotel and hospitality management career in Central Florida over 30 years ago, until she relocated to Spokane with her family in 2006. She enjoys promoting the value of tourism to our residents, highlighting economic development, support for small businesses, and quality of life as her top priorities.
Jordan Tampien, 4 Degrees Real Estate - Jordan Tampien is a serial entrepreneur in real estate, hospitality, and fitness. His passion has been in real estate for over a decade, developing over $100,000,000 of projects from ground-up construction to rehabilitation and amassing more than $650,000,000 in sales of both residential and commercial buildings. His experience working with other real estate firms in the area sparked a conviction that he should build something different: a one-stop shop for people to understand, find and purchase real estate investments. Holding a wealth of accumulated experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry, an MA in Business Administration, and a Law Degree from Gonzaga, Jordan set out to leverage his unique skills to gain an edge on the competition. He is impassioned about developing real estate that catalyzes communities and brings people together.