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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.