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Chris Russell
Chris Russell

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Russell

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of SPIRE Hospitality™, Chris Russell embodies the company’s belief in hands-on hotel management. Well respected for his ability to advance hotel performance and expand management portfolios, while never allowing rules, procedures, or technology to stand in the way of genuine, personalized, and dedicated service, Chris ensures that SPIRE leads the way in management operations and ROI.

Prior to joining SPIRE in 2018, Chris gained invaluable experience growing hotel management companies from the ground up. Recruited by Archon Group, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, Chris was tasked with starting and leading their in-house hotel management company, Archon Hospitality. With a clear mission to create a scalable hotel management platform and support Archon’s investor team with hotel acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, and strategic growth, Chris grew the Archon Hospitality brand into an industry-leading management company, despite the economic downturn of 2008. In 2011, Goldman Sachs sold the business. Following the sale, the Goldman Sachs hotel management division was rebranded as Pillar Hotels & Resorts, with Chris remaining it’s leader, as President & CEO. In that role, Chris successfully managed over $2 billion in assets, a portfolio of 260 hotels in 45 states, and over 8,000 employees. With the explosive growth of Pillar Hotels & Resorts under Chris’ leadership, he and his partners went on to sell the brand to Aimbridge Hospitality in 2016.

Chris’ extensive experience in leading high-performing teams, fostering a culture of transparency and collaboration, and finding a way to thrive regardless of economic circumstances, is founded on his commitment to exceeding guest and owner expectations at all times. By placing importance on the end result—guest satisfaction, employee growth, and investor ROI—Chris continually achieves unrivalled results in hotel management.

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March 19, 2024
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Five Key Behaviors of Leadership in Hospitality or Any Industry

Integrity, Trust, Relatability, Empathy and Humility Matter Now More Than Ever SPIRE Hospitality...

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July 26, 2023

Tuesday’s Thanks Podcast Featuring Chris Russell

Tune into Episode 63 of Tuesday's Thanks Podcast to hear from SPIRE Hospitality...

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April 24, 2023
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SPIRE Hospitality Aspiring to Grow

With the transition of a handful of properties throughout the past year, including three select-service...

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September 13, 2021
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Q&A with Chris Russell – SPIRE Hospitality

For Chris Russell, CEO, Spire Hospitality, success comes from experience. With humble beginnings...

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August 19, 2021
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Curbing rampant management transition cost

Transitioning from one management company to another typically costs an owner hundreds of...

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September 9, 2020
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Chris Russell on the Lodging on Demand Podcast

Since COVID-19 upended the hotel industry more than five months ago, hoteliers have...