Q. How did you get involved in hospitality?
A. In 1995, I was working as a professional land surveyor at an engineering company in Vancouver, Washington. My father approached me about the 8-acre property just north of The Fireside Motel. He and his partners would purchase the property to build Overleaf Lodge and develop the 5-acre Overleaf Village (aka Overleaf Cottages) if I would join the venture. Kristin and I decided to jump in!
Q. What do you enjoy about owning hotels on the Oregon Coast?
A. I love enhancing the experience for our guests. Guests of The Fireside and Overleaf Lodge & Spa visit for the coastal experience. This is a special place, and it’s important that our service lives up to the spectacular setting and the strong, local sense of place.
Q. What is the best way to enjoy a stay at The Fireside Motel?
A. The Fireside is very cozy! Those guests who travel with their pets love The Fireside. We love their pets, too! Also, guests have direct access to the oceanfront 804 Trail, along which they can walk as far as Waldport to the north or Yachats to the south.
Q. What do you like to do in your free time on the Oregon Coast?
A. I love to hike, both on the coastline and in the forests, go clamming and crabbing, and hunt for agates and fossils. I also like to explore local breweries, distilleries, aquariums and history museums. And I enjoy sharing my local knowledge, even during my free time.
Q. What aspects of Overleaf Properties do you consider your personal touches?
A. While my strengths focus on the management and development of the property, I also have a passion for service and the natural environment. I have a forestry degree from Oregon State University and have a passion for the botanical aspects of the property. We focus our gardens mostly on the native coastal environment and include natural forest elements, such as nurse logs, stumps and multi-storied vegetation that includes mature Sitka spruce trees. I also love the local history, geology and marine biology. I lead interpretive walks on the 804 Trail, where I focus on Native American history, 804 Trail history, and the forest and marine environment, including the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.
Q. What is something that would surprise your employees and guests about you?
A. I was a professional land surveyor prior to getting into hospitality, and I have a forest engineering degree.
Q. What’s your favorite season at the Oregon Coast?
A. Storm season, which can happen any time of the year but is usually from October through February. The storms, especially with winds over 70 miles per hour, offer crazy drama in the ocean! I love walking along the pounding surf, either during or immediately after a storm to see what’s new: logs, driftwood, crab pots, ocean treasures, agates or fossils. Of course, I collect and remove all garbage I encounter.