Elisa Whaler

president and chief executive officer
Bray Whaler

Elisa Whaler, President and CEO of Bray Whaler, together with Ronnie Bray, founding principal, formed Bray Whaler in 1986 as a wholly-owned hospitality purchasing company based in Denver, Colorado. Over the past 32 years, the firm has purchased over $2.6 billion in hospitality FF&E and OS&E for all types of clients and projects.


Elisa currently holds a board position with the International Society of Hospitality Purchasers, an industry leadership group dedicated to advancing ethics and professionalism in hospitality procurement. She also sits on the advisory board of the University of Denver’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. She has held board level positions, including chapter president and vice president, for the Network of Executives in Hospitality (NEWH).


Elisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University; as well as certifications in Food Industry Purchasing Management from the University of Southern California, and Purchasing Management from the University of Colorado.


As an entrepreneur and business leader, Whaler is committed to helping develop the next generation of hospitality procurement professionals.