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.
Adam Hughes | Vice President of Operations
Prior to joining the Lotus Company as VP of Operations, Mr. Hughes provided economic development, real estate brokerage, and advisory services to public and private clients. He brings heartfelt passion and a breadth of experience to Lotus in identifying revitalization opportunities and forging meaningful and collaborative partnerships. Mr. Hughes’ proficiency in catalytic project development dovetails perfectly with the cornerstone of the Lotus development philosophy.
Mr. Hughes was most recently with Better City, an economic development consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Hughes has a Bachelor of Accounting and Master’s in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Economic Developer and real estate agent and is currently working towards his broker’s license. Mr. Hughes enjoys exploring the unparalleled beauty of the Intermountain West with his wife and four children.
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.
James Soares | Director of Purchasing & Sustainability
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.
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.