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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.