Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
218C DeVos Center
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
TEL: (616) 331-3118
FAX: (616) 331-3115
HTM 380 – JW Marriott Hospitality Experience
Brian Behler serves as the General Manager at the JW Marriott. In this role, he is responsible for the overall guest and associate experience at the luxury class hotel. He provides the leadership, tools and resources to all team members to ensure a luxury class experience that brings guests back time and time again to downtown Grand Rapids. Brian works directly with the AHC+hospitality executive team to ensure all service and profitability measures are being executed on a daily basis.
Brian has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the Sales Leader of the Year by the Intercontinental Hotel and Resorts, the Distinguished Alumni of the year by Davenport University and Opening Hotel of the Year by JW Marriott of Grand Rapids.
Brian serves as a board member with Experience Grand Rapids, a president with the Kent County Lodging Association, and an executive board member with the West Michigan Tourist Association. He volunteers with Susan G. Komen, Kids’ Food Basket and Baxter Community Center and is an active members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison and the 4H Club with Hudsonville Fair.
Brian resides in Hudsonville, Michigan, with his wife, Megan, and their four awesome kids: Spencer, Emma, Abby and Anna. They have a small hobby farm with five horses and a dog named Duece. In his free time, he enjoys running, fishing, golfing, going to the beach and spending time with his family.
B.B.A., Davenport University