Brian FenwickSenior Vice President Openings and ConversionsIn both Brian’s professional and personal life, he is a strong leader. Whether he’s tucking away ideas to help his teams succeed, or showing his son that Stockholm is best enjoyed by bicycle, guiding people comes naturally. Brian understands people intimately well. So well in fact, he’s trained others on the topic.
Brian maintains a steadfast openness — to new endeavors, to learning (and teaching) new things, and to living where he’s led. A New York native, the west has long been home. Brian attended the University of Utah, coaxed by a Park City ski pass and new pair of skis. After his acceptance into a California school of performing arts, Brian stayed put in LA, working as an actor for 12 years.
Deeply knowing people is a prerequisite for inspired acting, and, as luck would have it (for us), hospitality. After moving to San Francisco with only the abiding company of his English Lab, Brian’s close friend introduced the idea of working with Kimpton Hotels. His Lab daily in tow, Brian spent nearly a year learning every job in his hotel. To lead people you must understand what they do.
When he’s not masterfully swapping roles, Brian travels — to places like London (his favorite city), Copenhagen, Stockholm, Indonesia. Along the way, whether it’s amenities or a unique design idea, Brian’s always spotting gems to share with his teams.
At home and abroad, Brian’s ten year old son is the center of his universe. Both Harry Potter fans, they caught the premiere of Cursed Child in London. Back home on weekends they trek between sporting activities and ski when they’re free. During solo time off, you’ll find Brian gathered around a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em or Backgammon board with friends, or lounging on the sofa while movies entertain.
Now that he’s on this side of the big screen, we’re beyond grateful Brian has joined our cast, and is helping to lead our growing ensemble.
Eric DeudneySenior Vice President of FinancePlaces — and people — inspire Eric’s altogether industrious and adventuresome spirit. The crystal clear lakes of his native Canada. Ambergris Caye, just off the coast of Belize. The hotel GM who changed Eric’s career path by inviting him to step out of audits, and into hospitality.
Watching his father, an entrepreneur who successfully built and sold stock trading systems, Eric learned early on that if he wanted something badly enough, he possessed the power to make it happen.
Anything is possible. Even outrunning an elephant on a South African honeymoon safari, an experience Eric lived from the driver’s seat, right beside his wife. Outside of guiding every financial goal here at Makeready, Eric and his family have an annual goal of their own: Visit one new country or island every year. So far, their global adventures are enough to make even the most well-traveled swoon — climbing Mayan ruins, touring South Africa’s Drakensburg mountains, river tubing in Belize.
Even professionally, Eric lives for the journey. His earlier career spent working with two well-known audit firms might have been a roundabout way to the hospitality industry, but sometimes, the long way is the best way. While Eric was auditing a hotel, the hotel General Manager offered him the comptroller position, and Eric accepted. An outside-the-box thinker through and through, working alongside this GM illuminated in Eric a new perspective, a more creative way of problem solving that he still taps into to this day.
Eric’s ethos, his inspiration, is possibility. Home life is no exception. Growing up in Uxbridge, Ontario, helped form Eric’s love for all things outdoors