Business 100 – 2014

Brooke Denihan Barrett/Denihan Hospitality Group

Brooke Denihan Barrett is the CEO of Denihan Hospitality, the hotel management arm of a family-owned, billion-dollar independent owner and operator of boutique hotels in the U.S. Under Barrett’s leadership the company has overseen over $500 million in redevelopment projects in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Miami that resulted in Inc. magazine naming the group as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America.

Born in Queens, NY, Brooke is a third generation Irish American. Her grandfather’s family is from Milford, Co. Cork. She attended Salve Regina University, Rhode Island. In 2013, Real Estate Forum named her a “Legend” in real estate.  She has also been honored as an ‘Outstanding Woman in Real Estate’ by National Real Estate Investor.

On the importance of her Irish heritage, Brooke says, “The U.S. wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for Ireland, and Ireland wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for the U.S. It’s a very symbiotic relationship.” She lives in New York with her husband, John, and has two children, John and Michelle.