Meet The Team

  • Principal

    Jared S. Smith

    Mr. Smith is a co-founder of Pennbridge companies. Since its inception, Pennbridge has purchased/developed over $200 Million in hospitality assets.  Pennbridge and its affiliates have owned multiple hotels in four states, of which seven are ground-up developments.  Pennbridge has a longstanding franchise relationship with Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group.  In addition, Smith and Lewis have affiliation with Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Corp. Pennbridge hotels are managed by Smith and Lewis’ management company, Pennbridge Lodging Corp, which received the prestigious Marriott Horizon Award in 2018. 

    Prior to co-founding Pennbridge, Mr. Smith worked for various investment groups focusing on real estate acquisitions and development including Starwood Capital Group in Greenwich, CT, Brighton Corporation, Salomon Smith Barney's Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York City, and Grosvenor International Limited in Washington D.C.

    Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Principal

    Thomas W. Lewis, III

    Mr. Lewis is a co-founder of Pennbridge companies. Since inception, Pennbridge has purchased/developed over $200 million in hospitality assets. Pennbridge and its affiliates have owned multiple hotels in four states, seven of which are ground-up developments. Pennbridge has a longstanding franchise affiliation with Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group and has relationships with Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Corp. Pennbridge hotels are managed by Pennbridge Lodging Corp, the hotel management company co-founded by Mr. Lewis, which received the prestigious Marriott Horizon Award in 2018.

    Prior to co-founding Pennbridge, Mr. Lewis was a Vice President with W.P. Carey, a real estate investment firm headquartered in New York City, where he was responsible for one and a half billion dollars of assets under management. Prior to his experience with W.P. Carey, Mr. Lewis worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Lewis was educated at Brigham Young University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Director of Finance

    Sharon Urrutia, CPA

    Ms. Urrutia, Director of Finance for Pennbridge Lodging has 30+ years of accounting, finance, and executive management experience.  As Director of Finance, Ms. Urrutia is responsible for managing the accounting department and financial operations of the hotels managed by Pennbridge Lodging, directs the annual budget and insurance renewal processes, prepares and monitors cash flow projections, assesses and evaluates internal control procedures and facilitates investor reporting and relationship management.

    Prior to joining Pennbridge Lodging, Ms. Urrutia was the President of Somerset Pacific, a specialized property management company with over 50 properties in 11 states.  She has directed accounting and operational departments, structured staffing levels to maximize organizational efficiency and profitability, implemented strategic plans and objectives and successfully oversaw the turn-around of several distressed properties. 

    Ms. Urrutia graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in Accounting and obtained her CPA designation in 1991. 

  • Controller

    Mike Bentz

    Michael Bentz is the Corporate Controller of Pennbridge Lodging. Most recently, Mr. Bentz oversaw the accounting for a portfolio of multi-family properties for Pacific Urban Residential, a subsidiary of the private equity firm, Marcus & Millichap Company in Palo Alto, CA. While at Pacific Urban, Michael performed accounting and financial analysis for the acquisition, disposition and refinancing of 10+ properties across the West Coast valued at over $500mn. Prior to his experience with Pacific Urban, Mr. Bentz worked as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Silicon Valley, primarily within the semiconductor industry. Mr. Bentz holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a licensed CPA.

  • Vice President of Operations

    Mike Webster

    Mike Webster is the Vice President of Operations for Pennbridge Lodging.  Prior to starting with Pennbridge Capital in December 2013, Mr. Webster worked for various hotel management companies as an executive hotel leader.  Most recently, Mr. Webster served as Vice President of Operations for Ocean Park Hotels, Inc., in San Luis Obispo, CA.   In this role Mr. Webster was responsible for operations of eight hotels with annual revenues exceeding $33,000,000, which included Marriott hotels, Hilton hotels, IHG hotels and a Best Western hotel.   Many of the hotels in portfolio ranked as market leaders on online review sites, guest satisfaction, team member satisfaction, and Revpar. 

    Mr. Webster has a strong foundation in hospitality management while working for notable management companies including Tharaldson Management Inc. as the General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott in Lubbock, TX and as the General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott in Las Vegas, NV, as well as Ocean Park Hotels, Inc.  Mr. Webster holds an Associate of Science degree from Dixie State College in St. George, UT and also attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

    Mr. Webster loves living in Highland, UT with his wife and three children where he can pursue his passion for the outdoors.  Snow Skiing the greatest snow on earth in the winter and taking in the picturesque beauty of Lake Powell in the summer are two of his favorite outdoor activities. 

  • Staff Accountant

    Jason Payne

    As a Staff Accountant Mr. Payne is responsible for accounts payable, bank reconciliations, financial statement review and other accounting responsibilities for the hotels managed by Pennbridge Lodging.  He has been in the accounting field for over four years and received his Bachelors of Accounting from Boise State University in May 2013.  Prior to joining Pennbridge Lodging Mr. Payne worked for Jitasa, an accounting firm working exclusively with non-profit clients throughout the United States.  Jason has a passion for the outdoors and everything sports related, especially football and baseball. 

  • Accounting Specialist

    Denise Elliott

    Ms. Elliott handles Accounts Payable responsibilities and credit card reconciliation for Pennbridge Lodging as well as the hotels managed by Pennbridge Lodging.  Her prior work experience includes plywood and glu-lam beam sales for Boise Cascade where she was instrumental in moving millions of board feet from eight mills across the country.  She also worked for Cardinal Logistics as a transportation coordinator.  There, Denise handled payroll for up to 30 drivers, customer invoicing, claim reconciliation, daily piece tracking, and daily driver tracking with routing across five states.   Most recently Denise worked for Bodybuilding.com where she was an accounts payable specialist.  Her duties included analyzing, prioritizing and coding internal and external multi-entity corporate payables.

    Denise received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Boise State University in 1993.  She enjoys boating, waterskiing, golf, and any other sports.  She even loves to watch sports, specifically football and baseball.

  • Administrative Assistant

    Kylee Harkness

    Kylee Harkness is the Administrative Assistant in the Utah Corporate Office for Pennbridge. Among her responsibilities are: Answering and directing phone calls; Organizing and scheduling appointments; Distribution of emails, correspondence memos, letters, faxes and forms; Assistance in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports; Filing System Development and Maintenance; Maintenance/Distribution of revenue, audit, and expense reports. Kylee recently graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Behavioral Science. Aside from her position at Pennbridge, she teaches various styles of dance and loves it. Kylee also enjoys boating and spending time with friends and family.

  • General Manager

    Doug Russo

    Doug Russo is the General Manager of the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Washington/Saint George.  He has been in the Hospitality business for over 25 years.  He is General Manager certified for all three of the major Hotel Brands (Marriott, IHG & Hilton). 

    Prior to starting with Pennbridge in July 2020.  He worked for Stonebridge Hospitality Company for 6 years.  He was the General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton in Grand Junction Colorado after receiving a promotion from being the General Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott in Glenwood Springs.  His biggest achievement was winning the Hospitality Award for Doubletree by Hilton for Hotels with 225 rooms or more in 2019. He also won the Hilton Pride Award for Doubletree by Hilton and was nominated for the Care Cup three consecutive years. 

    Mr. Russo graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with his Associate Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management.  He enjoys traveling with his family and playing anything that is competitive. 

  • Director of Sales

    Pattrik Wyatt

    Pattrik Wyatt has joined the Pennbridge Lodging team at the SpringHill Suites St. George/Washington as the Director of Sales. He began his hospitality career in 2013 and has contributed to the success of three other properties. As Director of Sales he is responsible for corporate accounts, group sales, event space, and is committed to the providing outstanding customer service and guest satisfaction.

    Prior to joining Pennbridge he worked in the restaurant industry, opening several restaurants in the Southern Utah area while going to school. Pattrik graduated from Dixie State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 2013. He enjoys travelling and visiting new places with his wife and four daughters.

  • General Manager

    Laura Gleave

    Laura Gleave began working in hospitality at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Loveland, Colorado. She joined Pennbridge Lodging in 2015 as part of the opening team for the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Orem, Utah. She worked as the Front Office Manager for several years before moving into her current position as General Manager of both the TownePlace Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Orem. She is passionate about hospitality and providing excellent experiences for her guests.

    Laura has a degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University. She also participates in the Utah Marriott Business Council and the Utah chapter of ONE Marriott. In her spare time, she enjoys attending live entertainment events, with musicals and comedy shows being her favorite.

  • Director of Sales

    Abby Lyman

    Abby Lyman has worked in hospitality sales since 2014, when she joined the Pennbridge family. Since 2014, she has assisted in the opening of two Pennbridge properties, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Murray and the Fairfield Inn & Suites of Orem. She is currently the Director of Sales over both the TownePlace Suites by Marriott and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott of Orem, Utah.  As the Director of Sales, she oversees all corporate accounts, group sales and event space. 

    Prior to joining Pennbridge Lodging, Ms. Lyman worked in Minor League Baseball for 4 years. Starting out as a media relations intern, Abby transitioned into management positions, eventually becoming the general manager for the Seattle Mariners Single-A team in Pulaski, Virginia.

    Ms. Lyman graduated from Brigham Young University in 2010 with a degree in Public Relations. She is an avid tennis and baseball enthusiast. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her nephews, reading and traveling to her favorite vacation spot, New York City.

  • General Manager

    Curtis Hansen

    Curtis Hansen is the General Manager of the Fairfield Inn Marriott Twin Falls.  Mr. Hansen was the Opening General Manager of the award-winning property in Twin Falls.  During his tenure as General Manager, the Fairfield Marriott has received both the Gold and Silver Circle awards from Marriott, the Community Ignitor Award 2015, 2014 Rookie Business of the Year, and 4 Year running top hotel, Readers’ Choice for the Magic Valley.  Mr. Hansen was also named the Pennbridge Lodging 2015 General Manager of the Year.

    Prior to starting with Pennbridge Lodging in February 2014, Mr. Hansen worked for various hotel management companies as General Manager and Area Manager.  Most recently, Mr. Hansen worked for White Lodging, managing the Courtyard Marriott Grand Junction Colorado and previously the Springhill Suites Salt Lake City Airport. 

    Mr. Hansen has over 18 years working in hospitality management and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management from Utah Valley University in 2005.  He has worked under many flags most notably, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Hampton, Best Western and Marriott. 

  • Sales Manager

    Jeremy Heward

    Jeremy Heward is the Sales Manager for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Twin Falls by Marriott. He started his hotel sales career in 2016. With his help, the Fairfield Inn has become the top performing hotel in in the Twin Falls market.  Mr. Heward loves to work with others by filling their needs with the product he represents. He worked in jewelry sales for two years, first with Schuback Jewelers in 1998 where he was the top sales person for three months, and then Samuels Jewelers in 2008. Mr. Heward worked for nearly 15 years with Gem State Paper & Supply as a delivery driver who assisted in sales from 1998 to 2012. Jeremy graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 2016. 

  • General Manager

    Aimee Tylor

    As General Manager of the newly constructed upscale, urban Marriott Residence Inn Boise City Center, Aimee Tylor loves, loves, loves being in downtown Boise.  With close to three decades in hotel management, Tylor’s experience divides almost equally between national branded hotels and local Boise independent- the Grove Hotel.  Her extensive Hilton & Marriott brand systems and standards experience have made her a success at building high performing teams in fast paced guest service environments throughout the US.

    Having worked in hotels in Idaho, Washington, Colorado and North Carolina, Tylor brings well-rounded industry experience to the company. Her hotel resume includes Hilton’s Hampton and DoubleTree brands, Marriott’s Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites & Fairfield Inn. Tylor worked for both larger management companies such as InterMountain Management, Rim Hospitality, and WCC and smaller owner/operators such as SCIO and Block 22, LLC.

    Tylor currently holds board member positions on both the TV Lodging Assn board and the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau board. She holds A Bachelor’s of Science from University of Idaho.

  • Sales Manager

    Matt Kelly

    Matt Kelly is a sales manager at the Boise City Center Residence Inn. Before joining the Pennbridge Lodging team he worked 3 years with Hampton Inn and suites, with their front desk and housekeeping teams. Mr. Kelly Joined the Pennbridge Lodging team in 2018, as a Sales Coordinator before moving into the Sales Manager position. He is passionate about hospitality and has enjoyed working in the busy downtown corridor.

    Mr. Kelly holds an Associates of science in Hospitality management from College of Southern Idaho. Although he has lived other places, Matt seems to keep finding himself back in Boise. Some of his favorite hobbies include skiing in the winter, and days at the lake over summer.

  • Sales Manager

    Tami English

    Tami English is the Sales Manager at the Residence Inn Boise Downtown City Center.  The last 20 years of her career has been in management and sales.

    Tami’s success can be attributed to her “pristine customer service”.  She believes in building relationships and delivering to her clients.  Tami brings such high energy and creative spirit to her new Residence Inn role.

    Tami received an Associate of Arts degree at American River College in Sacramento, California and finished her education at Boise State receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs.  Tami enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, two teen-age children and her Bulldog, Kimbo.