Brad Christensen is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Ponderosa Hotel Management Services, with offices in Prescott Arizona. Ponderosa Hotel Management Services was founded by Brad Christensen and Mark French in 1998. In his capacity as President Brad is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Hotel operations. Since he began his career in 1985 in the hotel industry, Brad has been instrumental in the development and management of the following hotels:
These Corporations were formed to Purchase and Manage the 141 unit Auto Lodge Hotel in Lincoln Nebraska which was later franchised as an Econo Lodge Hotel. Brad’s duties were numerous and ranged from organizing and negotiating the initial lease/purchase to on-site Hotel management responsibilities. After moving to Arizona in 1989 Brad sold his interest in this Hotel.
This Corporation was formed to develop and operate an 85 unit Econo Lodge Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. This Hotel was later franchised as a Comfort Inn Hotel. In the development and construction phase of this project, Brad supervised all aspects of the design, development, and construction of the Hotel. After the Hotel opened Brad assumed the position of General Manager and was responsible for all aspects of the operation. Ponderosa Hotel Management Services continues to manage this Hotel.
This Corporation was created to Design, Develop and operate a 59 unit Comfort Inn Hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico. Within a few years, an additional 24 units were added bringing the total number of rooms to 83. Brad was responsible for assisting in site selection, financing and supervising design and construction of the Hotel. In addition, Brad was responsible for hiring and overseeing the activities of the General Manager. The Hotel was sold in 2005.
This LLC was created to develop the Marriott SpringHill Suites in downtown Prescott Arizona. Brad’s responsibilities included site selection, financing, and the supervising of the design and construction of the 83 unit Hotel. Within a few years, this Hotel added additional rooms which brought the total to 105 units. Ponderosa Hotels Management Services LLC. is responsible for the ongoing management of the Hotel.
This LLC was created to purchase and renovate an 81 unit Ramada Limited Hotel in Santa Fe New Mexico. After the renovation, the Hotel was franchised as a Hampton Inn. Brad’s responsibilities were to initially locate this redevelopment opportunity, negotiate the new franchise agreement, secure the financing, and supervise the renovation of the Hotel. This Hotel was managed by Ponderosa Hotel Management Services. The Hotel was sold in 2006.
This LLC was formed to develop a 92 unit Marriott Residence Inn in Prescott, Arizona. Brad’s responsibility was to select the site, arrange the debt financing, and supervise the design and construction of the Hotel. Ponderosa Hotel Management Services is responsible for the ongoing management of this Hotel.
58 unit Sleep Inn, Flagstaff
66 unit Quality Inn, Prescott
Additionally, over the years, Brad has served in different capacities on many different civic and professional Boards and Committees.
Brad has lived in Arizona since 1989 and currently resides in Prescott with his wife Margo and daughters Savannah and Sierra. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Marty College in 1977.