November Face of Ensemble – Brian Ehrlich
The November Face of Ensemble is our Chief Investment Officer (Hotels), Brian Ehrlich!
When did you join Ensemble and what do you do?
That’s not necessarily an easy answer. I started to do business development consulting on a part-time basis in 2010. My first assignment with Ensemble was to help decide on the branding and management for Hotel Maya. Then in 2013, I decided to come on full-time. So in one way for another- it’s been 8 wonderful years!
What do you like most about working at Ensemble?
Flexibility, intelligence of the people, availability (of the founders) and the fun loving nature of corporate culture that puts a value on balance and the human elements of life.
Why or how did you get into your current line of work?
Born into it. My dad was a senior executive at Marriott in 1971 when Marriott as a whole had 21 properties and nothing west of Chicago. I grew up rating service levels at restaurants and hotels (how much service can a HoJos really deliver?). Actually, a summer internship with Greg Smith at Marriott turned into a phone call 5 years later inquiring about any openings. He was at Manor Care as head of Strategic Planning. They were in the hotel and healthcare fields (serendipity). I picked the hotel space (part of their hotel development division) and rest they say is ancient history (buying hotels for $22k per room).
Where did you grow up and what was your first job?
Maryland. Small town called Damascus until high school, then moved to Big Bucks Bethesda. First job was a paper route, earning a whopping $4 a week.
What do you do for fun after work?
Kids. I have three lovely daughters and one beautiful (and genius) wife. Our 14, 13, and 11 year olds keep us quite busy between volleyball, soccer, basketball, horseback riding, and lacrosse. When I am not doing that, I am making slow but steady progress on my book regarding the Unified Theory of Everything – the answer to the age old question of “What is the purpose of the human experience?” You can ask my wife and kids. They are very versed in the answer (this is called a tease…my book goes on sale Fall 2020 on Amazon….working on a Netflix deal, too). Ok, ok- this is my dream, but if you can’t dream it, you can’t do it.
What is your favorite or most memorable vacation spot?
Bellevue Syrene Hotel in Sorrento, IT. Loved it so much that I named by third child after it (middle name of course, I am not that NorCal).