Lodging Property

Howard began his real estate career in residential sales and then branched out to buying and selling repossessed houses and apartments. He bought and sold over 150 properties on his own, giving him invaluable experience in title, legal and escrow work. This background has contributed to his success in putting together real estate deals today.

Since 1972 Howard has owned operated or managed over 40 motels and hotels ranging in size from a 22 unit motel in North Lake Tahoe to a 310 unit full-service Ramada Inn in Salt Lake City. With his knowledge of what to do with a property and probably more importantly what not to do, Howard can show buyers the upside potential of a property. His operational expertise can guide a client in turning a distressed or marginal property into a profitable one.

In addition to Howard’s hands-on experience as an owner/operator, he spent ten years as Vice President of American Hotel Motel Brokers in Burlingame, CA. Howard was the highest producing agent, personally closing escrow on over 100 lodging transactions and supervising more than 500 lodging sales. Throughout his career, Howard has developed a strong relationship with many SBA lenders, giving him the skill to negotiate successful workout arrangements for distressed properties.

Howard’s industry knowledge goes beyond his real estate brokerage firm and hospitality operations. He has been qualified and employed by the California Municipal and Superior courts as an expert witness in the hotel/motel industry and brokerage fields. Howard has been elected to the Board of Directors for the California Lodging Industry Association for four terms and has been President of that highly respected organization twice. In 2011, Howard was honored by being voted President of the Independent Lodging Industry Association, a national organization for independent hotel and motels.

A respected industry professional, Howard had developed relationships with brokers and industry leaders throughout the western United States. His extensive network of contacts has expanded the exposure in the market place that he can offer his clients. Adding Howard’s marketing expertise to his operations background and finance knowledge has created a winning combination for National Hotel Motel Brokers, establishing it as the premier lodging brokerage in California.

In addition, Howard has been involved in over 15 SBA work outs where lenders and owners have asked him to not only sell the property in default at an equitable value, but afterwards assist the owners and lenders in completing a successful agreement for release of that owners personal guarantee at literally cents on the dollar.

Howard can help you solve a problem and make more money with your lodging property. Contact him at or 925 634-2299.

Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews

Lodging Real Estate Agent

Brian brings a wealth of business experience as an entrepeneur and lodging owner/operator to his profession as an agent for National Hotel Motel Brokers. He received his early business training in a large hazardous material transportation company. Brian used that experience to found a computer and office equipment repair business. His background as a small business owner stood him in good stead when he branched into the hospitality industry.

Brian has been in the business for over ten years and successfully operated a 36 unit independent property as well as a 65 unit full-service franchised hotel. He is very knowledgeable about ecommerce and IT. His hands-on experience running hotels has been invaluable in assisting his clients with operational problems and property management procedures. Brian was recently honored by being elected to the Board of Directors of California Lodging Industry Association.

Brian enjoys providing the level of customer support that is unique to National Hotel Motel Brokers. He can be reached at or 925.963.8177.



Project Manager

Licensed in real estate sales in California since 1983, Ronda has spent over 27 years involved in all aspects of the escrow field of real estate. She has successfully closed 75 escrows valued at over $200 million in her tenure with National Hotel Motel Brokers.

Ronda gained a wealth of knowledge while working at the commercial escrow division of a major title company. She also closed over 130 escrows valued at more than $100 million for a large California based real estate brokerage firm.

Since joining National Hotel Motel Brokers in 1998, Ronda is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the escrow process as well as participating in the procurement of new loans for buyers.

Ronda looks forward to making your real estate transaction as painless as possible. Her experience in the field will smooth the way for a seamless process.

Ronda can be reached at



Broker Associate

Rick has been a licensed Real Estate Broker Associate in California.

Give him a call or send him an email at