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Mr. Graham

Richard Graham

General Manager, The Fontaine

An established leader with deep roots in the Kansas City hospitality scene, Richard Graham brings more than a decade of boutique hotel experience to his role as general manager of The Fontaine. MR. Graham is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of The Fontaine in addition to leading the 132-room boutique hotel through its renovation, rebranding and repositioning, completed December 2017.

 

With his strong attention to detail, penchant for high-quality service and impeccable organizational skills, Mr. Graham leads his team in ensuring the delivery of the refreshing, renewing hospitality experience travelers anticipate before arrival and remember long after departure.

 

Prior to joining The Fontaine, Mr. Graham served as director of hotel operations at Kansas City's Ameristar Hotel & Casino where he was responsible for the entire scope of hotel operations. He spent his decade prior at the AAA Four Diamond Hilton President Kansas City where he held the positions of director of rooms and director of housekeeping. There, he played a critical role in overall guest experience, consistently scoring among the top 25 Hilton Hotels & Resorts in North America for cleanliness and guest satisfaction.

Mr. Graham's hospitality management experience also includes more than six years as general manager of d'Bronx Crown Center, a Kansas City favorite and “cook driven” combination of New York-style deli and pizzeria. 

Located in the heart of Kansas City's best upscale shopping at Country Club Plaza, The Fontaine is a refreshing, new destination for business and leisure travel. With a name drawn from the inspiring fountains that dot the neighboring Plaza, The Fontaine offers an experience that is authentically local, stylishly cool, energetic and infused with Midwestern hospitality.

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

Mr. Graham can be contacted at 816-753-8800 or info@thefontainehotel.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.