This month, our spotlight associate is: Edward Chang, Manager, Real Estate Development, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
I’m from Vancouver. I went to hotel school in New York, thinking I wanted to become a general manager of a hotel. Two years into college, I found that my true interest was in real estate finance. After graduating in 2011, I landed a role as an analyst for a bank in Dallas, TX. I spent three years there, got burnt out, and decided to come home to Vancouver—I missed the natural beauty too much! After taking two months off to play some golf, I ended up landing the position at SilverBirch, and I have been here ever since October 2014.
SBHR: Tell us about your job, give us ‘a day in the life’.
EC: All things real estate! I am involved with activities like leasing, renovations, franchise negotiations, dispositions, appraisals, ground lease negotiations, and operational performance analysis. I spend a lot of my time in front of Microsoft Excel crunching numbers, which I actually really enjoy. The rest of my time is spent on the phone or reviewing agreements. I’m also lucky in that I get to travel frequently to visit our assets and experience different parts of Canada.
SBHR: What would you say the most important hotel amenity is?
EC: Easy-to-find light switches and well-placed electrical outlets.
SBHR: Describe the worst hotel experience you’ve ever had?
EC: This happened just a few weeks back on a business trip to Calgary. I was staying at one of our competitor hotels, and at 7am, a staff member knocked really loudly and subsequently barged into my room. I was still in bed. Clearly I will not be returning to this hotel. I got a free breakfast though.
SBHR: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
EC: I play Pokemon competitively…yes, that is a thing. I also get my butt kicked by 10 year-olds.
SBHR: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go, and what things would you like to do?
EC: I love Classical music, and my favorite composers, violinists, and conductors are generally all from Russia. I would love to go to Moscow or St. Petersburg and experience the culture.