Our People

The people who make the Bently Reserve a special place.

  • Christopher Bently

    Christopher Bently


    Christopher’s career began in music and sound production. Through his late twenties, he thrived as a musician before switching gears towards his other passion: architecture and historic buildings. His first property, a survivor of the 1906 earthquake on Union Square, was in need of much attention. With patient investment he brought this treasure back to life and it was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. Christopher continues to revitalize many historic properties including San Francisco’s old Federal Reserve Bank, now called the Bently Reserve.

    As an avid environmentalist, Christopher insists on nothing less than exemplary green operating fundamentals in every one of the Bently Enterprises companies. Christopher is currently creating a fully organic and sustainable ranching practice in Nevada’s beautiful Carson Valley.

    Christopher moved to San Francisco in 1984; he says “there are two things that make this City great: its open-armed acceptance of people from all walks of life, and its stalwart care for its citizen's quality of life.” A long time patron of the arts, Christopher has served on many boards supporting the arts and the environment, including the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the Burning Man Project, Global Green, and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

    His next venture is to restore a turn of the century brick mill and creamery into a hub for culture and drive the local economy without driving development.

    “I see no sense in building new structures when we have beautiful historic properties left abandoned. We need a sense of tradition and worth brought back to our culture. A disposable world just won’t do.”

  • Jim Bruels

    Jim Bruels

    Director of Events, Sales, and Marketing

    Jim leads the sales and events team to enhance the Bently Reserve’s tradition of unparalleled events, meetings, and weddings.

    Jim’s professional experience and passion for the travel industry has led him to hold management roles with the AOL Travel Channel, the Director of Vendor Relations for Uniglobe Passport Travel, and Director of Sales for the Cartwright Hotel. These varied positions allowed him to travel the world, gain experience, and become an advocate and promoter for environmentally friendly businesses. Jim had the great pleasure of opening California’s first LEED-NC certified Hotel, which set him on a path to help green the hospitality community and form partnerships with many local and national non-profits.

    Jim has been involved with the AIDS Lifecycle event, riding his bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise money for AIDS Research and Community Programs.

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    Rachel Murch

    Senior Events Manager

    Rachel has extensive experience in the planning and catering industry — she even owns her own event company! She holds a BA in Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento. This depth and breadth of experience gives Rachel the expertise to liaise among clients and all the moving parts that constitute Bently Reserve weddings and events.

    When Rachel isn’t working on weddings, she enjoys traveling and snuggling her kitties.

  • Melissa Mellor

    Melissa Mellor

    Conference Services & Events Coordinator

    Before joining the Bently Reserve Events team, Melissa was the event lead at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. While working there, she attended San Francisco State University and received her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a minor in Business Administration. Melissa has come full circle in her events career: she first volunteered on behalf of SF State in our Banking Hall back in 2012.

    Melissa spends her days off visiting with family, exploring the Bay Area, and spending time with her dog, Callie.

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    Donna Mak

    Events Coordinator

    Donna received her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Francisco State University. While attaining her degree, she worked as the assistant event coordinator for the SF State Conference Center. Her love for theater and the arts later landed her an internship with the Arts & Cultural department at the San Francisco Travel Association, and then a position at the Visitor Center with the San Francisco Travel Association. She is currently a San Francisco travel association ambassador, and an active member of Meeting Professionals International.

    Donna enjoys hiking, and has extensively explored various trails in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. She is a member of a salsa performance team in San Francisco.

  • Sarah Fox

    Sarah Fox

    Property Manager

    Sarah came to Bently with a BA in Art from UC Santa Cruz. Before joining the Bently team, Sarah worked in a metal shop helping to fabricate sculptures for world renowned artists like Anish Kapoor, creator of Chicago's "Bean". As Property Manager, she supports our wonderful tenants and acts as conservator and steward of the historic jewel box properties in the Bently portfolio.

    Sarah is active in the local BOMA and CREW chapters. She is the Vice Chair of BOMA's Historic Buildings Committee, and she also sits on BOMA's Emergency Preparedness Committee and enjoys mentoring SF State students through BOMA's Careers Committee.

    Sarah's extracurricular passions include painting and printmaking, her Boston Terrier Freddy, local history and preservation of historic buildings, pinball, flea markets, and tacos.

  • Ingrid Wetzell

    Ingrid Wetzell

    HR Director

    A native of the Dominican Republic, Ingrid Wetzell moved to the United States in the early 80s to study hotel and restaurant management. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and later graduated from the Executive Development program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the course of her career, Ingrid has worked in the hospitality business as an assistant general manager and later as an human resources director; these positions took her to the states of New Jersey, New York City, and Washington DC. She later relocated to Lake Tahoe to pursue work in the gaming industry’s Human Resources sector.

  • Brady Frey

    Brady Frey


    Utilizing an extensive background in Design, Development, Marketing, Technology, and Management, Brady is tasked with marshaling all aspects of Bently Holdings. He has over a decade of management experience, including an extensive background in art direction, marketing, design, color theory & psychology, UI, UX, front-end, and back-end development. He’s designed, developed, and led teams for household names such as William Sonoma, the GAP, Nike Town, Harley Davidson, Snap-on, the Smithsonian, ComEd, Verizon, AT&T, Pixar, and PG&E. He got this way from reading too much and staring at his computer screen when he should have been outdoors. His obsessions vary, but include music, art history, philosophy, psychology, astronomy, mathematics, martial arts, and burritos.

  • Jeff Jarboe

    Jeff Jarboe


    Jeff was born and raised in the Midwest. In 1978 he graduated from Ohio State University with a BS Business, majoring in Accounting. He has been a California certified CPA (certificate #30961) since 1980. This is a total of thirty-five years of finance and accounting experience that span a huge array of industries — from accounting to CFO, and from real estate to manufacturing. Jeff has been married for twenty-seven years, and he and his family loves to camp, boat, and water ski.

  • Yvette Marie Conde

    Yvette Marie Conde


    Yvette started her career in finance over 23 years ago. She is a California Certified Public Accountant and Notary Public and has been with the Bently companies since 2006 with her current role as Controller. Apart from numbers and the day to day excitement of working with a dynamic team, she enjoys her role as mom to her toddler and 3 Chihuahuas. Sharing experiences and creating memories with family, people, and furry friends through activities and travel are what she values most in life.

  • Jae Henderson

    Jae Henderson

    Marketing Manager

    Jae helps all of the Bently companies achieve their goals, working with every department on technology and operations initiatives. Having been with Bently since 2012, Jae has been deeply involved in the Bently Heritage project since its inception and worked on its technology, architecture, systems, project management, and even bottle design. A current MBA student at Babson College, Jae is focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation within the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

    Jae studied at UC Berkeley and earned an American Studies degree in 2012. While at Cal, Jae also helped establish an organization for the university’s black LGBTQ community, played rugby, regularly performed poetry, contributed to the university’s blog, and spent a summer in Washington DC working for Congressman John Lewis.

  • Eugene Santos

    Eugene Santos

    Creative & Technology Director

    Eugene has been with Bently Holdings for seven years. Eugene began his tenure at Bently Holdings as a junior graphic designer, eventually becoming an integral member of the development team where he helped code websites and build custom web and iOS applications. Eugene’s interests then began to branch out into the IT field, where he excelled for several years before becoming the IT Manager for Bently Holdings. His certifications include “Tall, Dark, and Handsome.”

  • Jimmy Chai

    Jimmy Chai

    IT Manager

    An industry expert with more than 20 years in IT, Jimmy Chai stands at the forefront of fast-moving technology trends.

    He’s spent the past six year architecting solutions to the cloud for the Bently cpmpanies. Jimmy began his career at Port of Oakland, where he was responsible for spearheading the redesign of their network infrastructure. He also helped develop and manage the deployment system of their high-availability servers. He then transitioned to the Bently team.

    During his tenure at Bently, Jimmy has brought advancement to most company cornerstones — from the latest building automation software, to cyber security. Jimmy holds certifications in Linux and Amazon Web Services System Administration. His ultimate goal is to one day to become a Chef and open his own restaurant. His hobbies include mountain biking, playing video games, and spending time with his wife and two children.

  • Scott Shearer

    Scott Shearer

    Art Director

    Scott’s been in the design field for most of his career, beginning as a staff artist with several national motorsports publications before moving out West. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associates of Science. His creative contributions have spanned a diverse group of companies, ranging from Lockheed Martin, MTV, GE, and Nickelodeon.

    Scott is passionate about motorcycles and bicycles; he used to race, but now just enjoys the ride. He loves spending time outdoors. When he’s not out in the Silver State wilderness, he’s spending time with his dog, watching college football, cooking, drawing, or tinkering with all things mechanical.

  • Clarence Cain

    Clarence Cain

    Chief Engineer

    Clarence has been in the electrical field for most of his career. Over the years, He has worked on a huge variety of projects, including homes, condos, commercial buildings, refineries, coal fired generating plants, and data center projects.

    Outside of work, Clarence enjoys skiing, ski mountaineering, mountain biking, golf, and free/big wall rock climbing. He’s always up for an adventure, and have been in a few dicey spots — but He’s still here!

  • Steve McKinney

    Steve McKinney

    Stationary Engineer

    Steve has been in the building maintenance industry for over 20 years and has had training in all areas of high-rise building system maintenance, including Lutron lighting controls and ALC building automation controls. He has completed 13 courses at the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 Training Center and is a certified energy specialist, EPA technician, NFPA low voltage safety specialist, and high rise fire safety director.

    He has a daily Vipassana medication practice and has done several weeklong silent mediation retreats over the years. This practice has led him to service work with the Zen Hospice Project where he is a volunteer caregiver to those in hospice and palliative care ward at Laguna Honda Hospital.

    He has a passion for world travel with a special attraction to the world’s epic cities. Over the years he has spent time in Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, and New York City. He spent a year living and traveling through Indonesia as well as travels to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

    Closer to home Steve enjoys snowboarding, health and fitness, farmers markets, discovering new restaurants and spending time with his friends and family.

  • Werber Ubau

    Werber Ubau

    Stationary Engineer

    Werner Ubau is a stationary engineer at the Bently Reserve. He possesses an engaging, outgoing personality and a diverse assortment of talents and hobbies. He enjoys traveling, local exploration, cooking, and reading up on a swath of nonfiction topics that include history, law, economics, and current affairs. Werner is an armchair linguist who studies foreign language in his free time (he speaks Spanish and a smattering of Portuguese), and enjoys watching a wide range of sports: soccer, football, baseball, basketball, bicycling, and even golf.

    Werner keeps in shape by lifting weights and running…though he does enjoy an occasional video game. Like many other Bently Reserve employees, he is adept with computers and the savvy, and considers himself a problem solver. He works in this industry because he has a passion for building history and structure.

    Werner is happily married to Karla Ubau and the proud father of three beautiful, amazing kids.

    Education: Stationary Engineer Certificate, four years apprenticeship program, and IUOE Local 39 training school.

    Featured Skills: Building Automation, and building maintenance and repair.

    Industry Knowledge: High voltage, low voltage electrical, MCC, HVAC, High pressure, low pressure boilers, Fire Pumps, Diesel Generator, and High pressure steam generation.

    Building automation and programming: DDC, ALC, Alerton, VFD, and FLS.

    Building lighting control and programing: Lutron Quantum, Lutron Home QS, and Ketra Lighting.

    Others: Blue prints, OS X, Windows, Microsoft Office, and Adobe illustrator.

    Certifications: ALC Logic, EPA, Fire pump test, High rise fire safety director, Asbestos III, and CPR.

  • Tyler Cassacia

    Tyler Cassacia

    Director of Real Estate & Legal

    Tyler has worked at Bently companies for nine years. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from UC Hastings with a concentration in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

    At the age of 19, Tyler began a career in real estate by earning his salesperson license. Five years later, he received his broker’s license.

    In recent years, Tyler has pursued a career in law. He has earned membership on the state bars of both California and of Nevada.

    In his free time, Tyler loves to visit Reno with his 95-year-old grandmother, mother, and partner; the dealers at their favorite casino even know them all by name! Tyler also enjoys relaxing on vacation in places like Maui, and traveling to actively explore the world.