After a decade of experience in real estate acquisition and development, in 2012 Jess coordinated a $14M purchase of the 70 room “El Prado Inn” in downtown Santa Barbara. In addition to the acquisition of the property, Jess was also was Project Manager, and oversaw the $4.5M renovation and rebrand of the project to a “La Quinta Inns and Suites” product. More recently, he has taken the lead in two new ground-up development projects in San Luis Obispo, and Morgan Hill, California, both expected to break ground in early 2015. In addition to his hands on role in development, Jess is also focused on identifying new hospitality investment opportunities. Jess is also Vice President at his family’s charitable foundation called the Hutton-Parker Foundation, which is a $102M charitable foundation located in Santa Barbara, with approximately 60% of its assets in real estate.