One of Rancho Mirage’s four deluxe resorts—Omni Rancho Las Palmas on Bob Hope Drive, right across from The River—recently welcomed its new general manager, Brian Hughes. A veritable veteran of the luxury hotel industry, Brian has 20 years of experience—the last six of which have been spent as an esteemed member of the Omni Hotels & Resorts family. Hughes’ most recent position was as general manager of the Omni San Diego.
Hailing north of the border, Brian earned his bachelor of science in hotel administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to joining Omni, he spent six years with Destination Hotels & Resorts, serving as general manager of both the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon and the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. The handsome, seasoned exec has also worked at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, and the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
I recently asked Brian to tell me about the three favorite things about his job. “Tough question,” he says. “The people. Particularly those who work at the resort. They truly are my inspiration.” Second would be the challenge—working hard to achieve goals and then being able to say “We did it!” and the satisfaction that comes with that. In third place comes privilege. “I get to come to a place every day that inspires intrigue, excitement, and envy among those who don’t have the privilege to work at a resort,” he says. “I appreciate that and what it has provided for my family throughout my career.
Another aspect of the work that surely makes colleagues a wee bit jealous—especially those cold Canadians—is the beauty and climate of the Palm Springs Valley. Asked what excites him most about our sublime location, Brian says, “Can I say everything? You’re talking to a boy from [Canadian province] Saskatchewan here, so to work at this resort in Rancho Mirage is a joy that will never get old.” Brian says he looks forward to deepening his ties within the larger community, and to seeing how he and the resort can make the Valley a better place for everyone who lives in it. “I’m also looking forward to the beautiful hiking opportunities that await,” he concludes, grinning. “Especially dog-friendly ones.”