HRM Executive Speaker Series
Each semester, the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management brings experienced experts in the hospitality industry as part of the Executive Speaker Series. These industry leaders share their experiences and advice to students that elevate their knowledge and give them skills to help in their job searches and career progression. Planning for this next academic year is underway.
Mark Koehler has been the Vice President for Operations Finance for the Americas with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts since 2011. His history with Four Seasons has spanned over 30 years and has included positions such as Area Director of Finance, Director of Finance, and Controller. He has worked at properties or offices in Dallas, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; Boston, MA; Santa Barbara, CA; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington D.C.
Mr. Koehler received his BS in Hotel Administration from the University of Las Vegas and a Master of Professional Studies in Hotel Administration from Cornell University
Randy Price started working in the restaurant industry at the age of 14 and continued working in the industry through high school and college. While attending Arizona State University, he decided to persue a degree in Business and Hotel Restaurant Management and transferred to Northern Arizona University. After graduating NAU in 1989, Price searched out the best restaurant training in the industry and went to work for Houston’s Restaurants in Kansas City. “I was attracted to Houston’s because of their top ranked training program, their standards of excellence in service and food quality and the fact that they had the highest average unit sales volume of any privately held restaurant chain at the time”, states Price. After three years with Houston’s, Price went to work for Dallas based Brinker International and the Chili’s brand. “Having enjoyed the fast pace and attention to detail environment of Houston’s, I wanted to work for a company that was a little more bottom line and employee focused”, states Price. “The goal all along was to learn from the best and gain as much knowledge and practical experience as possible before venturing out on my own”.
Price left the corporate world in 2000 and moved his family to Colorado Springs from Texas as he and his wife wanted to raise their children in the mountains and enjoy all the outdoor beauty and quality of life that Colorado has to offer. He opened his first restaurant in 2002, Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill. He currently owns and operates two restaurant concepts, Salsa Brava and Urban Egg a daytime eatery. He has two Salsa Brava locations in Colorado Springs and 8 Urban Egg locations stretching from Colorado Springs to Denver, Johnstown and Fort Collins. He is opening his 9th Urban Egg in Colorado in early 2020 and plans to expand the brand into Texas in 2020 as well. His future growth plans include opening two to three restaurants per year and taking his award winning breakfast concept, Urban Egg, to other states that offer favorable business climates.