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CEO Sit Down With Niki Leondakis

CEO Sit Down With Niki Leondakis

Last year Joie de Vivre and Thompson hotels merged to form Commune Hotels and Resorts, with Niki Leondakis, formerly of Kimpton, stepping in as the new company’s CEO in November. Other big announcements included acquisition of the historic Chicago Athletic ...

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Denihan’s David Duncan Talks Growth Plans

Denihan’s David Duncan Talks Growth Plans

In January 2012, David Duncan assumed the role of  Denihan Hospitality Group’s president after serving as its chief financial officer since 2003. And it was a fruitful year, as the boutique owner-operator launched a West Coast development office, signed management ...

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Four Questions for Nancy Johnson

Four Questions for Nancy Johnson

As the American Hotel & Lodging Association chair in 2012, Nancy Johnson made it loud and clear that the $137 billion lodging industry, which employs more than 1.8 million workers nationwide, is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Johnson, ...

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New AH&LA Chair Ron Vlasic Talks Goals

New AH&LA Chair Ron Vlasic Talks Goals

Ron Vlasic likes to talk. It’s a brisk Chicago morning at the Allegro Hotel, Kimpton’s largest property and Vlasic’s home base as regional vice president of hotels for the Midwest, and I’m watching him work the room. You’d think he ...

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4Q4: John Hardy, John Hardy Group

4Q4: John Hardy, John Hardy Group

John Hardy started his eponymous property services company in 1992 to provide development, management, and design expertise to hotel owners and investors. He comes from an architecture background initially and spent seven years as group vice president of architecture and ...

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