Provident Hotels & Resort management team

Executive Team

Brent Howie of Provident Hotels & Resorts

Brent Howie


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.

Lisa Castilho, M.B.A., C.P.A

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Castilho is a senior finance executive with over 20 years experience in a variety of public and private companies including hospitality, travel, media production, B2B services, healthcare and public accounting. Lisa's role at Provident is to manage all aspects of financial operations for our hotels, property management services and special projects. Lisa has a successful track record in cash management, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and risk management. As an experienced professional, her job is to implement internal controls and develop accounting procedures to ensure compliance with general accepted accounting principles (GAAP), company policies and regulatory and legal requirements.

Lisa holds an active CPA license with the State of Florida Board of Accountancy and she is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She became a CPA in 1989 after a public accounting stint with Arthur Young & Co. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Accounting. Lisa later earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tampa.

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.

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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