Bryan Wrigley | Founder & Chief Executive Officer
In 2008, Bryan Wrigley created the Lotus Company with creativity, collaboration and innovation at the forefront of his vision for this Wasatch Front-focused development organization. Guided by this high-minded ethos, Lotus quickly became synonymous with best-in-class multifamily development projects, marrying inspiring design with premium locales and accessibility to amenities both on and off-property. To expand upon this initial vision of creating extraordinary value in spaces often overlooked, Mr. Wrigley founded Lotus Craft in 2019. Lotus Craft is the branded-hospitality arm of the organization and currently includes craft beer brewing, small-batch distilling and premium coffee roasting, as well as restaurant and bar ownership and management. This union of signature residential real estate and hospitality under one roof seeks to further the Lotus philosophy of creating gathering spaces where connections are built and bolstered, or quite literally creating community through craft.
Prior to forming Lotus Company, Mr. Wrigley spent the first 20 years of his career working with organizations including a NYSE-traded shopping center real estate investment trust, a leading Western-regional multifamily property investment and development company, and a New York City-based boutique development partnership focused primarily on preeminent residential properties. Through these opportunities, Mr. Wrigley cultivated a diverse skillset in executive and project management, as well as thoughtful design. To date, Mr. Wrigley acted as principal or principal advisory in over $600M worth of acquisitions, dispositions and financings.
Mr. Wrigley was recognized by Utah Business magazine as 40 under 40, additionally receiving the 2013 Most Outstanding Project award in the multifamily category by Utah Construction and Design. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute where he frequently serves as a panelist on small scale and multifamily development-related topics. Mr. Wrigley also serves as an Honorary Commander for the 388th Fighter Wing – Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base and on the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.
Mr. Wrigley holds a Masters degree from Columbia University with an emphasis in real estate development and a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Utah where he was a member of the University Honors Program and the Gamma Beta chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Mr. Wrigley also completed graduate Japanese language studies at Cornell University.
Mr. Wrigley’s passion extends outside of professional life with his three beautiful children, enjoying quality time in whatever form life affords, but most notably travel and sharing his love of exploration. He has worked in or traveled to more than 25 countries including South Korea where he taught English in Seoul, serving as a religious missionary in Kobe, Japan, and completing a research fellowship with city planning in Shinshiro City, Japan.
Joe Torman | President of Construction and Development
Joining Lotus Company in 2018, Joe brings with him over 20 years of experience in the construction and development industries. After graduating with a degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University, Joe began his career with Kier Construction where he managed pre-construction services for multi-family, industrial and commercial projects ranging in value from $5M to over $50M. Following his successful 11-year tenure with Kier, Joe joined Parleys Partners as Director of Construction, where he oversaw multiple $15M+ multi-phase apartment projects as a partner. In alignment with Lotus’ goal of sustainable and intentional development, Joe is LEED accredited and has successfully managed the implementation of Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star Certification on over 1,200 dwelling units. Joe and his family enjoy the natural splendor of their home state whenever possible; skiing, snowboarding and canyoneering along the Wasatch Front.
Doug Hofeling | President of Hospitality
In 2019, the scope of development for Lotus grew to include best-in-class hospitality brands and ventures. It was at this time that Lotus brought proven operator, Doug Hofeling, on board as President of Hospitality. After earning a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah, Doug began his career with Salt Lake Brewing Co. in 2000. Doug rose through the ranks of management quickly, eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer over five branded Brew Pubs, one Tap Room and 400+ employees throughout Salt Lake and Park City. Doug served concurrently as Vice President of Brew Pubs on a national platform for SLBC’s parent company, CANarchy Brewery Collective, overseeing 17 food and beverage operations from coast to coast from 2016 until joining Lotus in early 2019. Utah-born and bred, Doug is an avid outdoorsman and claims to be a skilled snowboarder.
James Soares | Chief Operating Officer
After earning concurrent undergraduate degrees in Biology and Organic Chemistry from the University of Maine, as well as his MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, James began his career with Westinghouse Laboratories in hazardous waste management. In 2000, James made a dramatic career shift, joining Salt Lake Brewing Co., the parent company of Squatters Craft Beers & Wasatch Brewery, as Director of Operations. During his tenure with SLBC, James focused heavily on corporate environmental responsibility. James was the driving force behind several high profile, citywide sustainability initiatives, including curbside glass recycling and the commercial grade food waste digester program, both of which have left an indelible mark on Salt Lake County and beyond. In his free time, James enjoys being bested on the tennis court by his partner, Jackie.
Chandler Leetzow | Vice President of Finance
Having spent 12 years in an advisory role within his own firm prior to joining Lotus, Chandler brings not only a profound wealth of knowledge in system/process design to the team, but also a deeply strategic and analytical understanding of financial management. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Utah and becoming a Certified Financial Planner, Chandler provided contract CFO and Controller services for myriad companies, ranging in size from $2M to $100M in annual revenue. Chandler takes advantage of the unrivaled natural beauty of Utah whenever possible, fly fishing and backpacking in the Uinta Mountains and beyond.
Brian Van Gorp | Vice President of Construction
Brian brings vast commercial construction knowledge to the team at Lotus, which he joined as VP of Construction in 2019. After serving honorably in the U.S. Military for six years, Brian worked as a Project Engineer for Kier Construction, and a Construction Manager for the Office of the Mayor in Kaua’i. Prior to joining Lotus, Brian was most recently employed as a Project Manager at Layton Construction where he was responsible for the construction of a $101M resort on the island of Kaua’i, as well as a $348M high-rise in Oahu. Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University and is accredited as a Certified Professional Constructor. Brian and his wife Jennifer spend as much time outdoors as they can – canyoneering, climbing and generally enjoying The Greatest Snow on Earth.
Lauren Boyack | Vice President of Marketing
After earning her Degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Public Relations and Journalism, Lauren began her career with a boutique marketing firm based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a primary focus on account management, media relations and digital communication for a diverse range of nationally and internationally known brands. Prior to joining Lotus in 2019, Lauren most recently served as Manager of Brand & Communications for Squatters Craft Beers & Wasatch Brewery, bringing a unique understanding of the highly competitive craft beer industry to Lotus’ burgeoning hospitality vertical. Lauren does not feel that funeral potatoes technically qualify as a classic Midwestern “hotdish” but has otherwise fully embraced her adopted home state.
Patrick Bourque | Director of Brewing
Patrick began his journey to master brewer where most craft beer enthusiasts do – homebrewing. With a lot of self-education and a preternatural knack for the craft, it was only a matter of time before he began to amass medals in local and national competitions. He made the decision to pursue beer full-time, taking an entry-level position with Uinta Brewing, while simultaneously pursuing certification in Brewing Science through the American Brewing Guild. In 2017, Patrick was offered the opportunity to build SaltFire Brewing from the ground up, where he wrote and developed every recipe in their initial line-up. Patrick eventually returned to Uinta, Utah’s largest craft beer producer, where he most recently held the title of Head Brewer. Patrick brings unparalleled production and quality control experience, as well as creative brewing talent to the team at Lotus Craft. Patrick is partial to lagers, but describes his first taste of New Belgium’s La Folie sour brown as nothing short of mind-blowing.
Kelcie Welch | Director of Design
Kelcie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Weber State University, where she is also an Instructor for the Interior Design Program and sits on the Program’s Advisory Board. Prior to bringing her passion for all things design to Lotus, Kelcie worked at the global retailer IKEA as an Interior Design Manager where her work took her worldwide, having the opportunity to live in Sweden, Canada, and Las Vegas. She mostly recently worked at JZW Architects as Director of Interior Design, overseeing the implementation of the design process and project management. Kelcie has a diverse and impressive portfolio of work under her belt, including multifamily, retail, office, assisted living, healthcare, and residential projects. Kelcie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, loves playing board games, and jumps at the chance to travel and meet new people.