Charis Atwood

FF&E Project Planning and Management

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Decades of experience using proven FF&E processes that eliminate scope gaps, ensuring your project success. Clients save precious time & money from planning to successful operational turnover.

Key Consulting Services

  • FF&E Project Assessment
  • Initial FF&E Budgeting and Scheduling
  • FF&E Project Management
  • Scope Definition, Differentiation Documents, and RFP's
  • Quality Control, Installation, and Project Close Out


Charis Atwood is an expert in project management, from project programming to operational turnover and opening. She is an invaluable asset to all projects she manages. Charis focuses on FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment) and works closely with the budget, purchasing agents, vendors, and interior designers to coordinate budget requirements and to assure deadlines are maintained. This includes but is not limited to, thorough reviews of architectural drawings to ensure interior design elements are represented as required, bid and contract negotiations for purchasing, warehousing, and installation of FF&E. She knows every project is unique and is known for teamwork, saving money, adaptability, and contributes to overall project success. Historically, project directors have used her significant FF&E budget savings to cover unforeseen construction costs, late change orders, and special owner requests. Owners, construction teams, vendors, installers, and hotel operators alike know she cares about the overall project success not just her assigned portion.


  • As an FF&E Consultant and Owner’s Rep for over two decades, Charis has invaluable and unique experience, having learned all aspects of hospitality development in the field. She has been instrumental in the FF&E/OS&E Management of many timely and budget-driven projects such as resorts, hotels, casinos, country clubs and schools. She has helped deliver over fifty large hospitality projects on time and under budget. Charis provides a broad understanding of hospitality-related issues with previous experience in vacation ownership property development, promotions, marketing, and management. She has developed and managed FF&E game plans for many clients and provided leadership for numerous successful projects and teams. As Vice President of FF&E for a major hospitality development company, Charis developed all FF&E processes and procedures, trained, managed, and mentored a team of FF&E Project Managers, and provided executive leadership on all projects.


Professional & Other

Charis is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she studied management and marketing and is a member of the NEWH Arizona Chapter.

Charis's Latest Articles & Case Studies

Charis Atwood

Capex and PIPs – What We Learned From Industry Experts at the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference 2024

By Charis Atwood Jul 29, 2023

Embarking on a hotel renovation? Armed with a Property Improvement Plan (PIP) but unsure where to start? We’ve got you covered with...

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Why a Model Room is Needed for Your Hotel Construction Project: Learnings from Chip & Joanna Gaines

By Charis Atwood Jul 29, 2023

Having managed the model room process for hotel projects for over two decades, imagine my appreciation for a whole show dedicated to...

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