It's okay to say I'm sorry... I'm wrong... I don't know

MATT RAINE a.k.a. "Crime"
EVP/Investments & Business Development

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 he's still amazed at the focus on culture and the human element, and will readily attest that Evolution Hospitality is what he was told it would be: a unique place with professionals that work together in extraordinary ways. Creating lasting and meaningful relationships is important to Matt - with coworkers and business associates alike - so he fits right in at Evolution.

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 load up their four beautiful children into their minivan and hit the road to experience new places and hotels. It may not be the most glamorous way to travel but sharing these adventures with his family is important to Matt.

Matt's favorite Guiding Principle is "It's okay to say I'm sorry... I'm wrong... I don't know." He believes it takes a secure person to admit they need help or don't understand an issue, and enjoys the safe harbor at Evolution Hospitality that encourages people to be confident in admitting their shortcomings. Ultimately, these admissions encourage people to grow, which leads to a more effective and efficient process as well as a more balanced individual.


  • 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. Dir. of Development, 2003 - 2005
    - Director of Corp. Finance, 2001 - 2003
    - Manager of Corp. Finance, 1998 - 2000