Chuck Nester, President, CHB, CHA
Office: 805.496.9797 Direct: 805.409.3532
Chuck Nester is President of Brown Nester Hospitality Services, with offices in Westlake Village, California and Coral Springs, Florida. Chuck holds the certifications of CHB (Certified Hotel Broker/ HBI) and CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator/ AHLA).
Chuck started his hotel sales career in 1978 as a sales associate and earned his California Brokers License in 1979. He has participated in numerous sales and lease transactions and was named 1985 HBI “Salesman of the Year” for his outstanding achievements in hotel/motel sales. Chuck was the recipient of the Hotel and Motel Brokers of America “Broker of the Year” Award in 1990, 1991, 2003 and 2004, “Largest Dollar Volume” for the Year Award 1990, 1998, 2003 and 2006. Also awarded “Top Broker of the Year” in the Mountain/ Pacific Region for HBI in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2006 and “Most Unique Deal” of 1990 and 1998. Largest Portfolio Sale – 2006.
Chuck has served as a speaker, moderator and panelist for many organizations including:
- AAHOA • Spotliteradio.com
- ALIS • Los Angeles Commercial
- Best Western International • Radisson
- Comfort Inn • Vantage Hospitality
- Embassy Suites • North American Hotel Investment Conference
- Hampton Inn • Starwood Hotels & Resorts
- Hotel Brokers International
Chuck Nester served 12 years on the Hotel Brokers International Board of Directors (1987-1999, President 1990 & 1993) and is a proud recipient of the “Noah Canfield Distinguished Service” Award by the HBI.
A resident of Thousand Oaks since 1959, he and his wife Karen, and their two sons Jason and Josh, daughter-in-law Tawni, and grandchildren, have resided in the community since 1975.
George E. Brown, Chairman
Office: 805.496.9797 Cell: 805.469.4826
George E. Brown is the Charman of the Board of Brown Nester Hospitality Services Inc.
George was a top producer at Brown Hotel Group for over 54 years. During this time, he has participated in numerous sales and lease transactions for individual clients and large corporations. Additionally, he was been actively involved in site selection, development and operations for his many partnership interests.
Originally from Foxboro, Massachusetts, he attended Norwich University (Vermont) and later served in the United States Air Force.
Gary Rito, Real Estate Development Expert
Office: 954.509.7966 x175
Rito, who is based in Coral Springs, FL, joins Brown Nester after serving as president of LMC Development, LLC, a full-service real estate development company in Boca Raton, FL, for the past eight years. Prior to LMC, he was director of development for Codina Development Corp., in Coral Gables, where he directed development activities on commercial, industrial, and build-to-suit projects in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Rito’s background also includes 20 years of service as vice president of development for Draper and Kramer Inc., a national, full-service real estate company founded in 1893.
Josh Nester, Vice President, Sales
Office: 805.496.9797 Direct: 805.409.3541
Josh Nester started his career in the hospitality industry in 1996 and is experienced in investment grade ownership real estate.
Josh is starting the firm’s fourth generation in Motel/Hotel Brokerage following the Brown family tradition of honest work for its clients, representing both sellers and buyers.
Josh earned his California Real Estate License and is specializing in mid-market motels in Southern California, representing both buyers and sellers.
Steve “Soo In” Lee, Vice President, Sales
Office: 805.496.9797 Cell: 562.883.4118
Steve Lee started his career with Olympic Realty and Investment Company in 1978 as a sales associate and earned his Salesperson License in 1978 and Broker License in 1982. He was named a Top Sales Person for 10 years when he changed career paths and opened his own grocery market in Long Beach in 1990. Steve studied Business Administration at New Haven University in West Haven, Connecticut. A bank officer for 10 years, he also has extensive experience in the life insurance industry.
During the period he was engaged in hotel supply sales, he recognized how important and valuable hotel sales knowledge is and chose to sell his own business and restart his career in the lodging industry.
A man of honesty and integrity, Steve will do his best to protect your hotel/motel asset for maximum profit realization and capital accumulation.
Manuel “Manny” Gonzalez, Sales Associate
Manny Gonzalez’s career has spanned the international trade and tourism industry. Most recently, he was the Operations Manager for Caribbean Concierge International, where he was in charge of Destination Management Services and acted as the Cayman Islands Government Protocol Facilitator, coordinating protocol services for dignitaries arriving through Miami and Tampa.