Provident Hotels & Resort management team

Executive Team

Brent Howie of Provident Hotels & Resorts

Brent Howie

President

Brent Howie co-founded and is President of Provident Management Corporation, a privately held condo-hotel management company. Initially established as a residential property management organization, under his leadership, Provident Management evolved into a pioneer and innovator in the Condo-Hotel industry. Brent entered into the condominium resort business in 1980 with the first conversion of a beachfront hotel into the condominium form of ownership on the Gulf Coast of Florida. This innovation not only created a new future for Provident, but also evolved into a new concept in the resort/hotel industry.

Throughout the next several years, Brent continued to grow Provident's condo resort business while constantly refining the condominium rental program it had developed through innovation and trial and error. As a result, many of Provident's programs, concepts and operating philosophies have now become "Standard of the Industry". In many Florida markets, including Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Provident opened the first true purpose built condominium hotel. The present day condo-hotel industry has been strongly influenced with the foundations laid by Provident under Brent's leadership.

Brent graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Community Association Manager (CAM). Brent regularly speaks on the national stage and has been featured on television cable networks showcasing condo-hotels and has been interviewed and quoted by many publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Chris Bastas

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Bastas is a senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Provident, he was responsible for the financing, development and operation of Aqualea, a $200 million condominium hotel on Clearwater Beach. At Provident, Chris is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial related activities of the company, as well as assisting the President in determining the strategic direction of the company through the analysis of trends affecting the condominium hotel industry as well as the identification, evaluation and integration of new properties into the Provident portfolio.

Chris was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree from DePaul University after which he successfully completed the Certified Public Accounting exam in the State of Illinois. He later earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School the University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds a Real Estate Sales License and a Community Association Manager license from the State of Florida.

Originally from Chicago and then Philadelphia, Chris now resides in Tampa with his daughter. He has ascended to the summit of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 above sea level) in Tanzania.

Jana Read

Vice President Real Estate

Heading up Provident's realty business, Jana Read has been a member of the Provident Management Corporation team since 1983. During her span with Provident, Jana has held various positions over a period of seventeen years, which includes General Manager at five different Provident Resorts. Jana was instrumental in the development of Provident's onsite policies and procedures in the intricate business of condominium hotels.

Jana's diverse real estate experience ranges from the operation of high-end beachfront resorts and metropolitan hotels, to limited service corporate extended stay properties.

Jana began her successful real estate career in the management of residential properties and became a Licensed Real Estate Broker in 1982. Jana also became a Licensed Community Association Manager in 1986.

Originally from Connecticut and then Miami, Jana now resides on the West Coast of Florida. Jana is an accomplished American-Kennel Club dog handler and has regularly competed at the national level.

Carlos Marquez

Director of Sales and Marketing

An energetic, result driven, industry executive with over 30 years in the hospitality industry, Carlos Márquez began his employment with Provident in 1994 and has literally traveled the globe promoting its properties.

With a hands-on management approach as a Director of Corporate Development, he is responsible for matters ranging from demographic and feasibility studies to handling day-to-day sales operations.
Carlos has successfully developed and implemented marketing plans, strategies and promotional programs to lead Provident hotels to achieve or exceed sales goals. He has been instrumental in increasing the average daily rate and occupancy with the yield and penetration indexes exceeding 100%.

Carlos resides in Orlando with his wife and three daughters. 

Sam B. Harp

Director of Operations

Sam Harp has spent 19 years in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Provident, Sam spent 9 years with Starwood hotels and resorts. Sam worked for several brands with Starwood to include Westin, W and Sheraton. Positions with Starwood included Front Office Manager, Service Express Manager, Director of Housekeeping, Revenue Manager, and Director of Rooms. He has helped in 11 hotel openings most notably the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood Florida and the Westin Times Square in New York. During that time he helped design and implement training manuals and Standard Operating procedures for those properties. Sam was a master trainer for several hospitality programs with Starwood, including Rhythms of Hospitality and Sheraton Service Promise. Sam also spent 4 years in the army, including 2 years in Korea.

Robert Yount

Director of Technology

Robert Yount was named the Director of Technology in 2009. His primary focus is in harnessing advancements in technology to develop and upgrade Provident's business operations. Robert has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He began his career with Provident as a night auditor at one of the Orlando resorts. In 1986, he was promoted to Corporate Controller where he used his technical expertise in both Accounting and managing Corporate Information Technology.  In his current role as Director of Technology, Robert is responsible for the evaluation, procurement and troubleshooting of all aspects of technology at the corporate level and throughout all the properties. His extensive experience with information systems, accounting and hotel operations have proven invaluable to the ongoing growth and success of Provident. Robert is a native of Florida where he lives with his wife and son.

Glenn Holman

Corporate Controller

Glenn Holman joined Provident Management Corporation as the Corporate Controller in April of 2015. Glenn brings with him 30 years of hotel experience in accounting, finance and operations. Glenn oversees the financial operations for all PMC properties. He is responsible for all financial reporting, internal controls and analytical processes to optimize financial results.

Prior to joining Provident, Glenn worked as a Controller for hotel developers performing project/construction accounting functions for acquisitions, renovations and hotel conversions. Glenn was also the Director of Finance at The Blue at Doral from the inception of the development stages through the grand opening and 1st year of operation with a prior management company before Provident’s acquisition of the property. Glenn’s career also includes several years with LXR, eight years with Wyndham International Hotels overseeing the finance departments for several of their South Florida properties and 10 years with Sonesta International Hotels in various financial roles.

Glenn joined the hospitality industry in 1986 in Massachusetts and later relocated to Miami where he worked for 27 years. He now resides in Tampa with his wife and two children.

George L. Hoch

Assistant Vice-President and General Manager

George Hoch has been a key member of industry pioneer Provident Management Corporation for seven years serving as General Manager at two of their Tampa Bay Condo/Hotels. He was a primary force in opening their new Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites on Treasure Island, Florida. George has recently undertaken the roll of analyzing potential projects and developing documents, and design and operations standards for several new properties. His background includes over thirty years in Hospitality Management with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Holiday Inn Hotels and several independent management companies.

George graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business Administration and majored in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He is licensed by the State of Florida as a Community Association Manager (CAM), and is a Certified Hospitality Administrator (CHA). George has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Lodging Association and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association for fifteen years. He is a Past President of the Hillsborough County Hotel Association and SKAL Club of Tampa Bay. He also has served on the Florida Theatrical Association Board of Directors for twenty years.

 

 


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