Brad Wellstead

Mr. Brad Wellstead


Brad Wellstead has gathered several careers on his way to becoming a faculty member at the School of Hotel Administration. In 1983, he graduated from the Cornell School of Architecture, Art and Planning and worked as an architect for several years as a design-build developer and as a Senior Design Architect with Group 70 International in Honolulu, Hawaii. The work in Hawaii awakened a passion for hospitality and resort design.

He re-engineered his career towards Project and Construction management with an MPS/MS degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 1996. That degree afforded him the opportunity to explore some of the early research forays into sustainable development resulting in a thesis on Sustainable Tourism Development. Wellstead relocated to Portland, Oregon to pursue his dream of founding Ethos Development, a project management services firm. Over 18 years, Ethos managed over $2.1 billion in projects across numerous sectors including Hospitality, Healthcare, Research, Government and Higher Education.

Wellstead returned to the School of Hotel Administration to initiate his third career re-engineering in academia. His academic research interests include new trends in Hospitality design, exploring the dynamics of the feasibility/development transition, the art and organization of Project Management, the value of sustainability practices and participation in the continued status and excellence of the School of Hotel Administration as the penultimate Hospitality business school.

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