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Our development team consists of four families with expansive backgrounds in the hospitality industry who share a commitment to thoughtful design, sustainable building, and community enrichment. We love that the limited scale and size of the hotel allows each of us to be intimately involved with the project from start to finish. And we aren’t here to make a quick buck: we have local roots and, after completion, we intend to remain involved with developing its future for many generations to come.  Together, we are The Surfliner Hotel– a company established in response to the guidelines of a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the City of Carpinteria in 2018. 



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Whitt Hollis

Whitt Hollis (Santa Barbara, CA) offers many years of development experience on both residential and hospitality projects. With a legal background, Whitt has also consulted on many land use and development projects. 


Jack & Jeff  Theimer

Jack Theimer (Summerland, CA) & Jeffrey Theimer (Carpinteria, CA) represent the fourth family included in the project. Jack Theimer has been an active developer with extensive experience in hotel and hospitality projects nationwide. He is a former board member of the Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and UCSB's esteemed environmental studies Bren School.  

Raised in Santa Barbara, Jeffrey and his wife Stephanie and their 2 year old son Jack Saint have called Carpinteria home for 7+ years. He has worked in various industries including entertainment, hospitality, public affairs, and real estate development.

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Andy Norris

Andy Norris (Santa Barbara, CA)  brings over 45 years of hospitality experience designing, building, and operating hotels and resorts nationwide.  With a finance background, Andy provides valuable input on both the budget for the property and the assessment of financial benefits to the City of Carpinteria.


Alex Hickman

Alex Hickman (San Rafael, CA) began his career in hospitality in 2004 when spearheading the development of Chalet View Lodge in Portola, California . Alex is responsible for advancing the position of Chalet View Lodge as the region's leading luxury wedding venue. With an emphasis on driving a great culture where diversity is embraced and employees feel valued, Alex is focused on exceeding customer expectations through exceptional service and innovation.

Meet the Team
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