Murray Dow


Murray L. Dow, II

Murray Dow has dedicated his entire career to the hospitality industry, working both on the front lines and behind the scenes of prestigious hotels across the country. His passion, vision and experience led him to found The Dow Hotel Company in 1997.

Under his guidance, DHC has grown into a successful, nationwide hotel investment and management company with a substantial collection of popular hotels and an innovative restaurant division. Dow leads corporate strategy, investment opportunities, capital formation and investor relations, as well as hotel design and construction.

Dow launched his career in the management development program of Westin Hotels & Resorts more than four decades ago. After working his way through all departments of the famed Benson Hotel, he became the opening assistant director of rooms at the 1400-room Westin Detroit Plaza. He spent over five years in senior management at Four Seasons Hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Four Seasons Clift Hotel in San Francisco, and the historic Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Dow then served as managing director for Christensen Hotels in the Seattle area and as opening general manager of the Boca Raton Marriott in Florida.

Prior to founding DHC, Dow was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of HEI Hotels & Resorts. Under his tenure, the company grew from a single property to 20 properties with over $200 million in sales.

Dow is a graduate of Western Washington University's College of Business and Economics. He currently serves as chair of their College of Business and Economics Center for Excellence in Business Education. In 2007 he received the college’s most distinguished executive award, presented by Sigma Iota Epsilon.

Dow is a member of the Hilton Advisory Council and is involved in Seattle’s Lodging Roundtable, which is concerned with travel and tourism issues impacting the lodging industry. He is a frequent speaker for industry-related organizations. Additionally, he is active in several community and charitable organizations. Dow is the father of three daughters, and enjoys discovering new wines and spending time on the golf course.

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