Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Pickert is an accomplished hospitality industry executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of senior-level experience. His resume features management positions with successful independently branded, boutique hotels as well as some of the world’s biggest hospitality brands, including Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Westin properties. He also has extensive development, branding, operations, and acquisitions experience.
Scott most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Filament Hospitality (now Sightline Hospitality) where he lead a team of professionals, supporting a portfolio of ten unique, independently branded, lifestyle properties ranging in size from 30-room boutique hotels to a 350-room destination resort. The mission of Filament Hospitality was to utilize the company’s unique capability of harnessing the potential of hotel real estate, creating uncommon and memorable guest experiences, while simultaneously operating the most profitable and efficient independent hotels in the market. Scott restructured the company, positioning Filament as one of the premier owner/operators of independent, boutique branded hotels. The company was successfully sold in May 2019.
Prior to his role at Filament Hospitality Scott served as Senior Vice President for Northview Hotel Group, where he supervised the management of all Hospitality, Rental Management, Golf, Homeowners Association Management, Real Estate, and Utility Company operations. Properties are located in the Western United States, include the premier Brasada Ranch Resort and Eagle Crest Resort in Central Oregon, Tapatio Springs Resort in San Antonio, Texas, and the prestigious Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride, Colorado.
Prior to joining Northview, Scott was the Executive Vice President of Leisure Sports Hospitality, a company that develops and operates upscale, boutique hotels and high-end fitness/wellness resorts. During his affiliation, the company developed a unique combination hotel/fitness resort concept, Renaissance ClubSport. The first Renaissance ClubSport opened in November 2002, managed by Leisure Sports under a franchise license and co-branding agreement with Marriott International. Pickert negotiated the company’s brand franchising agreements and brand sale to Marriott International. The company currently owns and operates ClubSport fitness/spa facilities, located in California, Nevada, and Oregon.
For the following three years, Marriott contracted Scott to serve as a Senior Vice President to lead integration of the brand into the Marriott Corporate system. He crafted brand strategy, solicited capital partners, and identified new markets for Renaissance ClubSport development.
Prior to working with Leisure Sports, Inc. and Marriott International, Scott served in senior management positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts at Westin properties in Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts and California, including the world-class Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, he received the corporation’s “Best Overall Hotel Performance” award, posted double-digit RevPAR increases for three consecutive years, completed multi-million dollar facility renovations, and created new food & beverage concepts.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver, specializing in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Hotel Real Estate and Asset Management Certificate from Cornell University.