Team

Our leadership team brings the intellectual capital, financial experience and industry knowledge required for success.


Buddy Watson

Buddy Watson -

Buddy Watson, Chief Executive Officer, brings over 30 years of executive, marketing and entrepreneurial experience in the hospitality and lodging industry. In his career, Watson has been involved in the successful development, ownership and operation of select, limited and full-service hotels valued at more than $250 million, and has served on various hotel brand advisory boards. Watson's vision and business acumen underpin Pharos Hospitality's successful growth strategy.

Chris Watson - Chief Operating Officer

Chris Watson, Chief Operating Officer, has over 20 years of experience leading and managing organizations, to include over 2 years as the Pharos Hospitality COO.He has overseen operations at the Aloft Tampa Downtown, which has achieved a 40% NOI increase in2 years, and has led Pharos underwriting on over 20 properties. Previously, he spent 8 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, focused on leading organizational transformation, with specific focus on organizational design, strategic planning, human capital planning, process reengineering, and performance management with a wide range of clients. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Washington and Lee University. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, whose last assignment was commanding a battalion of 1,000 Marines. Mr. Watson is a board member of Pharos Hospitality, LLC.
Ralph N. Strayhorn

Ralph N. Strayhorn -

Ralph N. Strayhorn, Senior Fund and Corporate Governance Advisor, has 32 years of experience in the financial services industry, including roles as the President and CEO of two banks, board of directors member of three banks, and executive officer of four banks. Strayhorn holds a J.D. degree and brings knowledge and access to a variety of financial advisory, institutional investment and broker-dealer firms.
Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell -

Stephanie Campbell, Director of Corporate Accounting, and a Certified Public Accountant, has over 20 years of experience as an accountant. Campbell has served as an auditor, trusted business advisor and Chief Financial Officer at several leading financial services firms.

Pharos Hospitality
320 South Tryon Street, Suite 202 • Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 333-1818