Executive Senior Principal, President and CFO of Lifescapes International, Inc., Julie started her career with the firm in 1982, becoming President in 1994. Her nearly 4 decade experience at Lifescapes is focused on guiding, managing and envisioning the growth of this results-oriented, award winning landscape architectural design firm. The firms’ founder and her father, Donald Brinkerhoff, was inducted into the AGA Hall of Fame in 2016 (presented to him by Steve Wynn), as the first landscape architect to be so honored. Julie has been a guest speaker, at NIGA, G2E, and ICSC, among others.
Active in the gaming industry since 1984, the firm has designed more than 100 projects worldwide in Macau, Greece, South Africa, South Korea and throughout the United States. Tribal Casino/Resorts include Pechanga Resort & Casino, Barona Resort & Casino, Pala Casino Resort & Spa, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Ilani Casino Resort, Agua Caliente's Spa Resort Casino, Wilton Rancheria Elk Grove Resort, and some of the many clients include regional, national and international gaming companies MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts, Boyd Gaming, Pinnacle Entertainment, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock International, Genting and Paradise Resorts (South Korea), among others.
Lifescapes’ client-centric philosophy explains it all, “We have no illusion why our clients hire us time and time again; we deliver a beautiful environment that their guests emotionally connect to, which is an added-value benefit that positively impacts the casino’s bottom-line.”
“We Create Gardens People Love," Julie explains. "We create destinations that keep guests ‘on property’ longer, which translates into a higher spend ratio. We truly believe that beauty is good business.”
An Orange County, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, resident; her breadth of activities includes memberships in a variety of professional and charitable organizations. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of HomeAid America (she is also a cofounder), a nonprofit that serves the transitionally homeless families, returning veterans, at-risk youth and victims of violence through 20 nationwide chapters from Hawaii to Florida. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Founder and still serving on the Entertainment Development Council), served for 17 years on the board of the BIA/Orange County, is a NAHB Spike recipient and was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008.
She’s the recipient of numerous awards including 2017 Comerica Bank “Woman of Philanthropy Award,” Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction and the B.J. Stewart Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Involvement. She has co-chaired the Women's Leadership Initiative for the Urban Land Institute-Orange County/Inland Empire region, mentoring women and helping others achieve their own success and now serves on its national board.