Why did you choose to go into the hospitality industry? When I was young, my family would vacation in Seaside, Oregon. When I was 12 years old, I used to follow the General Manager around; we would go everywhere from the kitchen to the boiler room, visiting departments from housekeeping to the front desk. I was fascinated with the employees, the problems and situations they faced, and how they resolved them. I was hooked!
Best place I ever lived: Boca Raton, Florida. It’s on the beach and close to Miami to attend sporting events and concerts. I like that people from all over the country are living there.
Favorite Sports Team: University of Washington Huskies Football - I try to attend every game. I’m energized by their competitiveness: Two National Championships and several Rose Bowl wins.
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 form The Dow Hotel Company in 1998.
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.
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. 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. 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.