Do everything with gratitude and humility

MATT RAINE a.k.a. "Stitch"

A couple of things attracted Matt as he considered joining Evolution Hospitality. One was the opportunity to help build Evolution Hospitality. Matt enjoys playing a key role throughout the entire process that includes sourcing a deal, financing the acquisition or development, negotiating the license arrangement and management contract, and interacting with Evolution Hospitality's world-class ops team. Another reason was the obvious focus on Evolution Hospitality's unique culture. Even today, many years later, he's still amazed at the focus on culture and the human element that Evolution Hospitality has successfully maintained while experiencing significant growth. Evolution Hospitality remains what he was told it would be: a unique place with professionals who work together in extraordinary ways.

Matt is also passionate about travel because he feels getting on the road for any reason provides an education unlike any other and overall life benefits that are invaluable. He and his wife Maria will regularly hit the road with their four kids for sporting events or R&R (where Matt will often sneak into area hotels that Evolution Hospitality may one day manage).

Matt’s favorite Guiding Principle is “Do everything with gratitude and humility.” Matt doesn’t recall any corporate culture including these two important principles while at his prior positions. He credits Evolution Hospitality’s focus on being grateful and humble, and his own due diligence in this regard, for both notable advancements in his career and significant improvements in all of his personal relations. Matt states, “Understanding and appreciating what you have is the true key to success and overall happiness.”


  • Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present
    - Exec. VP, Investments & Business Development
  • Tarsadia Hotels, 2010
    - Sr. VP, Business Development
  • Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, 2009 - 2010
    - Sr. VP of Development
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 1998 - 2008
    - VP, Development-West, 2005 - 2008
    - Sr. Director of Development, 2003 - 2005
    - Director of Corp. Finance, 2001 - 2003
    - Manager of Corp. Finance, 1998 - 2000