|NEWBERG, Ore., Feb. 28, 2007 - Two of the West Coast's
highly respected hospitality consultants have joined forces to oversee
development, operations, financial and marketing development for Springbrook
Properties' luxury inn, restaurant and spa, expected to open in 2009 in
Bruce C. Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns, Inc., and
Mary Arnstad, president of Arnstad & Associates, Inc., have been named
by Springbrook Properties President Joan Austin to lead all efforts to
ensure that the new hotel, restaurant and spa will become a highly desired
destination for guests visiting Oregon and its famed Yamhill Valley pinot
noir wine region.
Springbrook is a 450-acre development located in northeast Newberg,
Ore., about 45 minutes southwest of Portland. The property is owned by
Oregon entrepreneur and philanthropist Joan Austin and her children, Loni
Austin Parrish, Ken Austin II and his wife, Celia. The decade-long project
will include a luxury inn, restaurant, spa, retail village, 1,200 homes
and townhomes, ample recreational trails and green spaces.
Bruce Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns Inc. - Hraba
brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of hotel development,
finance, ownership, management and marketing to the new Springbrook Development.
Waterford Hotels & Inns has managed several award-winning hotels
in the Bay area, including the Majestic, the Regis, the York and the Savoy
hotels. The company currently operates or is involved in management of
hotels in California, Hawaii and Fiji, including the Cousteau Fiji Island
Resort, named No. 1 resort in Fiji by Conde Nast Traveler magazine; Hotel
Hana Maui; the Lodge at Sea Ranch, Calif.; and Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur,
Waterford was a co-developer of the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore.,
and managed the National Historic Hotel of America. The company is presently
involved in a variety of hotel projects including the Cavalio Point, The
Lodge at the Golden Gate, a new $100 million resort development located
at the base of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
Hraba also serves as president and chief operating officer of the Silverado
Country Club and Resort, Inc., an historic 1,200 acre Napa Valley property.
Starting as a management trainee with Hyatt, he rose to become general
manager of the Seattle Hyatt, the Hyatt Regency Monterey and the 1,100-room
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago. He joined Amfac in 1981 as senior vice president
of operations, and two years later, was named president.
Mary Arnstad, Arnstad & Associates - Arnstad's company is
located in Southern Oregon, but her reputation extends across the state
as one of the most notable consultants in the area of marketing and management
support for owners, developers, boards and senior managers of luxury hotels,
resorts, clubs and private/semi-private residential communities.
A former president of Portland Oregon Visitors Association (POVA),
Arnstad served two terms on the Oregon Tourism Commission.
She was president of the Heathman Management Group, Inc., Portland,
where she opened and directed the Heathman Hotel and Restaurants. She also
was president and CEO of the highly regarded Broken Top Inc., resort in
Bend, Ore.; vice president/marketing and assistant manager, Salishan Lodge,
Gleneden Beach, Ore.; and most recently, consultant and acting general
manager at the Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland, Ore.
Arndstad's 30-year hotel career began at Chicago's prestigious Drake
Hotel. She also was vice chairman of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.