Management Team

Gary Griffiths (Partner, Development)
Gary has more than 30 years of experience working in the financial area as an accounting manager, controller, chief financial officer, and director of finance.

Before co-founding Western States Lodging & Management, Gary worked for the Marriot Corporation (1987-94) and Stott, Inc. (1985-87). While working for Marriott, he specialized in feasibility analysis and was instrumental in opening the first western-managed joint venture in Poland.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, where he also completed post-graduate work.


Paul Fairholm (Partner, Operations)
Paul has close to 30 years of experience as a health care administrator, working in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, a psychiatric hospital, and a facility for developmentally disabled residents. Paul was previously employed by Marriott Senior Living (1990-95) and the Commonwealth of Virginia (1984-90).

As a co-founding partner of Western States Lodging & Management, Paul is responsible for opening and operating all of Western States Lodging & Management senior living communities.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Stephen Miles (Partner, Development)
Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and sales. He was a Real Estate Agent (1982-84), the owner/broker of Stephen P. Miles and Associates (1987-91), and the owner of the Miles Group (1991-94).

As co-founding partner, Stephen is responsible for all aspects of Western States Lodging & Management development projects. He was instrumental in opening more than 66,000 square feet of office space and in securing income tax credits for senior housing projects.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah.


Richard Miles (Partner, Development)
Richard obtained his General Contractors license in 1975 and was President of Richard Miles Construction and Development. He built more than 300 residential homes and many commercial developments, including office and apartment complexes and fast-food restaurants.

Since co-founding Western States Lodging & Management, Richard oversees all construction projects.

Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah.


Dave Webster (Partner, Lodging)
Dave has a strong background in hotel and senior management. His experiences range from controller to general manager, to President and CEO. Dave previously worked for Marriott International (1982-94) and the Hotel Temple Square Corp. (1994-97).

As co-founding partner of Western States Lodging & Management, Dave is responsible for the successful development and management of all lodging properties.

Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and a Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.