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Mr. Richards

Kevin Richards

Chief Operating Officer, Legacy Ventures

Kevin Richards joined Legacy in 2011 to launch the firm's hotel management division. Mr. Richards oversees all managed hotel assets and is a central player in the company's hospitality development work.

Mr. Richards has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, which began in earnest with hotel general manager roles early in his career with Winegardner & Hammons and Prime Hospitality.

Prior to joining Legacy, he served as vice president of Asset Management with Lodgian, Inc., an owner and operator of over 100 hotels in 34 states, where he contributed to capital planning and investment strategies, implementation of property improvement plans, brand conversions, and renovations for the Lodgian portfolio.

Founded in 1996, Legacy Ventures began as a real estate development company specializing in hotels, resorts and restaurants. Projects range in size from $10 million to $100 million and often involve complex financial structures or public-private collaborations.

Legacy Ventures has an in-house design and construction team that includes architects, interior designers, engineers, and general contractors. In 2012, Legacy Ventures formed its hospitality division to manage or asset manage hotels. Today it manages seven dynamic full-service properties representing 1,500+ guest rooms with annual revenues exceeding $85 million.

In addition, Legacy Venture's restaurant division created and operates six distinctive branded restaurants and leases an additional four. Legacy Ventures responds thoughtfully to the built environment as a cohesive team of planners, developers, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Legacy Ventures innovates with a multi-disciplined approach to create timeless places - delivering exceptional customer experiences through an engaged and passionate team, yielding measurably better results for partners and investors. Legacy Ventures' promise is: “Thoughtfully Enhancing The Built Environment.™

Mr. Richards is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business and Economics.

Please visit http://www.lvmgt.com for more information.

Mr. Richards can be contacted at 404-801-3260 or krichards@lvmgt.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.