Spot On Ventures, LLC is a real estate firm specializing in hotel and mixed-use investment and development. The firm was founded and is led by Robin Brown who, with over forty years of experience in the hospitality and real estate industry, has acquired a distinctive skill set for urban, mixed-use development, hotel operations management, asset management, and hospitality-oriented design/branding.
Throughout its investment portfolio, Spot On puts the customer first, actively engages local communities, and caters its projects to the individual styles, themes, and nuances of surrounding neighborhoods, striving to bring people together in unique, hospitable and diverse settings.
As a hotel and mixed-use investor, developer and operator, Mr. Brown has worked independently and with many prominent real estate companies including Highgate Holdings, the Rockpoint Group, Samuels & Associates, and The Davis Companies. Mr. Brown created the concept for what became the Mandarin Oriental Boston in the Back Bay of Boston and was a co-developer of the project from its conception to its opening, a period of 12 years. The Mandarin Oriental was developed from the ground up at a cost of more than $350 million. Mr. Brown was involved with full design, permitting and approvals, securing the financing, construction oversight, retail leasing, apartment leasing, and customized condominium sales (responsible to the partnership and the bank and solely responsible for over $200 million in condominium sales). The property was sold in the Fall of 2008. Mr. Brown was then involved with the acquisition of the Boston Park Plaza. He partnered with Highgate Holdings and the Rockpoint Group to acquire, operationally improve, transform the design, rebrand the 80-year-old hotel and sell the property. Mr. Brown is currently an investor in multiple, highly innovative hotel projects in the Boston/Greater Boston Area. Mr. Brown launched the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City’s Times Square, developed the concept and provides management for The Verb Hotel in the Fenway District of Boston, supports asset management, in partnership with The Davis Companies, of the Hilton Boston/Woburn in Woburn, Massachusetts, co-developed the renovation, in partnership with The Davis Companies, and provides asset management for the Studio Allston Hotel in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts and is currently co-developing, in partnership with The Davis Companies, the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel in the Seaport District of Boston, Massachusetts, expected to open in March 2021.
Prior to launching Spot On Ventures, Mr. Brown was with the Four Seasons Hotels for 20 years. As General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Boston for 13 years, the hotel received numerous accolades including the AAA Five Diamond Award, Mobil Five Star award, Institutional Investor magazine's Top 10 Hotels in the World, Number One Hotel in Boston on Zagat, and Number One Service in the World by Conde Nast readers' poll. The hotel restaurant, Aujourd'hui, also received awards such as the AAA Five Diamond Award, Number One Restaurant in Boston on Zagat, and maintained its position as one of the most profitable F&B operations in the Four Seasons chain for over a decade. The Four Seasons Boston was the only property in New England to receive AAA Five Diamond awards for both the hotel and restaurant. Prior to his position in Boston, Mr. Brown oversaw operations for two large mixed-use Four Seasons properties in Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada. Mr. Brown then spent time at the Four Seasons Georgetown in Washington, DC, the Number One Hotel in Institutional Investor magazine and consistently considered one of the best hotels in the world. As Resident Manager at the Washington, DC Four Seasons, Mr. Brown analyzed the concept of converting an adjacent, privately owned office building into guest rooms, while simultaneously reducing the number of keys in the existing structure to create a bigger, more deluxe hotel overall. This repositioning was ultimately undertaken, increasing the value tremendously.
After hotel school, Mr. Brown began his hotel career as an executive at Starwood Hotels, where he oversaw the management and physical expansion and repositioning of the Westin Edmonton (416 keys,
24,000 SF meeting space) and the Westin Calgary (525 keys, 26,000 SF meeting space). Mr. Brown was involved in overseeing the expansion of the hotels, including additional guest rooms and meeting space.
Mr. Brown’s reputation as an outstanding hotelier is matched by his commitment to his community. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. Upon Mr. Brown’s retirement from the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, he launched a foundation dedicated to support Alzheimer research in memory of his father, Jim Brown. Mr. Brown has served as a Director of The Boston Public Library Foundation, a Trustee for Life of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was the Vice Chairman of The Back Bay Association for over ten years. Previously, Mr. Brown served as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Director of The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Directors of the Business Leadership Association of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Omni Hotels, Spot On Ventures
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