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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.