The Paramount Hotel Team
HUSTLE, HEALTH & HAPPINESS
With an eye on the future, there’s no element more important than our team, the Paramount Family. Although our areas of expertise vary, our culture of abundance and collaboration makes us far greater than the sum of our parts…and together we’re unstoppable. We celebrate hard work, ambition, compassion, and loyalty, and nothing gives us more joy than helping one another achieve our collective and individual goals and dreams.
Olson graduated from WSU where he earned a degree in hospitality business management. His career began at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he was the first WSU graduate to be accepted into its manager-in-trainee program. Olson was assigned to Four Seasons’ Maui at Wailea location and served as a department head across numerous sectors of the resort. Olson continued his education, completing the master certificate in hospitality from Cornell University, after which he joined Paramount Hotels in Seattle, acting as director of operations, and later as managing director. Olson follows in the tradition of his parents, Rodney and Janice, who owned and operated hotels on the West Coast for 40 years.
Under Olson’s leadership, Paramount has recently added real estate development to its portfolio, having just completed a condominium project in Hawaii and is under way on a second residential development in Bellevue, WA.
In addition to leading Paramount, Olson is president of Rotary Boys and Girls Club King County, is a member of YPO Pacific One Chapter and is a UBS Financial Young Successor. Giving back to the community is what he enjoys most.
Asher attended Plattsburgh State University in Upstate New York where he studied cognitive psychology. After college, he entered the hospitality industry and began his career in hotel management.
After seven years working in entry level management positions up and down the East Coast, Asher accepted a position with the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York. There, he spent four years in numerous director-level positions, culminating with his appointment to director of rooms. Looking for a change of scenery, Asher moved to Seattle with his wife and her daughter. Asher worked four years at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel promoting to rooms manager, before becoming general manager at the Paramount Hotel where he spent the following eight years. In 2021, Asher joined the Paramount Hotels’ corporate team as vice president and COO.
After spending three decades working in the hotel space, Asher recognizes both its shortcomings as well as its potential and is working to bring systemic renovation to the industry. In addition to building and running successful, sophisticated hotels and resorts, his passion includes fostering hotel teams which are the healthiest and happiest in the industry.
Asher’s community involvement includes former roles on Seattle Hotel Association Board of Directors, Evening of Hope Committee Procurement Chair, and the STIA Board of Directors.
Edwards started his hotel career working as a front desk agent at the Everett Pacific Hotel in 1988. WestCoast Hotels was engaged to manage the hotel in early 1989, marking his official start with the company. In 1990, Edwards was promoted to reservations manager, then to accounts receivable clerk in 1991. In 1992 he became accounts payable/payroll clerk where he served until July 1993. He was subsequently hired as controller at the Vance Hotel in downtown Seattle in August 1993.
Edwards worked at the Vance until August of 1995 when he was promoted to staff accountant at WestCoast’s corporate office, a position he held until its sale to Red Lion in 1999. Through the sale, Edwards was retained and became corporate controller for Paramount Hotels, overseeing the accounting for its seven retained properties. Edwards held the position until 2010 when Paramount Hotels sold four of its hotels. He next went to work with two of Paramount’s key executives who formed Coast USA, LLC where he stayed until April 2017. In May 2017, Edwards returned to Paramount Hotels as VP/CFO.
In addition to his three-plus decades hotel accounting experience, Edwards has been married for 31 years, has two grown children, two yellow labs, Abbie and cooper, and enjoys golfing and fishing in his free time.
Corporate Director of Revenue
Adams attended the University of Northern Colorado where he studied business management before returning to his home state of Washington. Adams began his hotel career in 2015 at the Paramount Hotel in Seattle, WA where he was first hired as a front desk agent. With an interest in revenue management, Adams was promoted to revenue manager in 2017 before stepping into a director-level role overseeing both revenue and operations in 2019 and becoming general manager in 2021. After working eight years at the property level, he joined the corporate team in 2023 as the corporate director of revenue where he looks forward to creating and executing innovative revenue strategies across the company profile. In addition to playing with data and building revenue strategies, Adams is often found on the nearest golf course, fly fishing Montana rivers, and spending time at home with his cat Charlie. To contact Adams, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.302.7974 .
Corporate Construction Manager
Irving moved to the Seattle area from California to attend the University of Washington and earned degrees in both Architecture and Construction Management. In his time at UW, he took internships as a Residential Architectural Draftsman and Project Engineer for a general contractor. After graduating, Irving continued to work as an engineer on large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects throughout the Seattle area. After three years at a mixed-use residential project in Bellevue, Irving accepted the position as Construction Manager for Paramount Hotels.
Today, Irving assists the Paramount Hotels Group in all ongoing construction projects from design to closeout. His understanding and expertise of contracts, building processes, and building cost analysis will help guide Paramount Hotels down the correct path as it continues to build and renovate.
Irving is currently a member of NAIOP’s Developing Leaders.
Director of Brand & Culture
Ms. Schuchman comes from a background of branding, marketing, design, and PR. For more than three decades she has represented a broad scope of clientele that range from boutique clients to Fortune 500 companies, most of which are in architecture, design and construction. Ms. Schuchman joined the Paramount Hotels team at the start of 2022 and is involved at every level of its operations. It is her vision to create a brand designed to endure for generations that speaks to what Paramount values at its core, informing not just marketing, but guiding an ever-clearer picture of the influence it can have and the good it can do.
Ms. Schuchman lives with her husband and teenage daughter on Bainbridge Island and has two beloved dogs, Kismet and Zuri and a much-adored tabby cat, Fig. She enjoys tennis, cooking, entertaining and art. She also owns PNW Bainbridge magazine and serves its editor in chief.
PARAMOUNT HOTELS Principals of Note
- Rod Olson
- Janice Olson
- Mike Bashaw
- Matt Murphy