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The Kessler Collection is a luxury boutique hotel company with locations in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Each hotel in the Kessler Collection is filled with unique artwork from internationally acclaimed artists and showcased in each of our Grand Bohemian Art Galleries. Our four Florida hotels located in Orlando and St. Augustine exude the magic of Walt Disney World, offer a landmark of hospitality, and provide casually elegant Old Florida style with lavishly appointed guest rooms and beautiful function space. Our two Colorado properties offer exclusive ski accommodations in Beaver Creek, Colorado and an exclusive hunter's paradise at Kessler Canyon; all equipped to treat guests with the finest services and amenities. Our Savannah, Georgia hotels deliver the atmosphere of historic River Street and nearby attractions just steps from historic sites. Our Taos, New Mexico resort and spa is designed for relaxation and living in harmony with the earth. Our Asheville, North Carolina hotel is the perfect retreat located steps from the famous Biltmore Estate set among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, The Kessler Collection delivers inspiring places, intuitive service, and exuberant guests.
The Kessler Collection's portfolio of ten exclusively designed and artistically-inspired boutique properties exudes culture, character and passion in every expertly detailed touch point, along with unmatched personalized service and magnificent culinary experiences. Since the opening of the first Kessler hotel in 1994 (The Castle Hotel) the chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection, Richard C. Kessler, set out to excite travelers through inspiring places, intuitive service and exuberant guests. During the 1990s, the family-owned brand expanded with the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Celebration, Florida, and Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado; all offering impeccable culinary delights at on-site restaurants. The collection continued to grow during the 2000s with El Monte Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico, Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, Florida, and the award-winning Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. Kessler Canyon, the Kessler family's treasured luxury guest ranch on 23,000 acres in western Colorado, opened to Kessler guests as part of the collection in 2008. In the past two years alone, Mr. Kessler doubled the Bohemian brand offerings with the opening of the Tudor lodge-style Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina and his second property in Savannah: Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. With five additional hotels on the horizon, the Kessler family plans to continue inspiring guests and Grand Performers for generations to come.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Combining an entrepreneurial business sense with creative energy and dedication to purpose, Richard C. Kessler is a visionary, entrepreneur, astute businessman and philanthropist. Richard was born in Savannah, Georgia and lived his early years in nearby Effingham County. Richard earned his bachelor and master degrees at Georgia Tech. He received an honorary Ph.D. from Valparaiso University and Newberry College. Born in Savannah, Georgia and reared in Effingham County, Richard has received the Effingham County Honored Treutlen Award for Outstanding Leadership, the distinguished Alumnus Award at Georgia Tech, and the Dean's Medal for singular commitment and contribution to the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. During his 41 years in the field of hotel development and operations, including nine as President and Chairman of Days Inns of America and 27 as President and CEO of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc., Kessler has become a nationally recognized industry leader. Having served seven years on the Industry Advisory Council of the American Hotel and Motel Association, he has helped to develop outstanding hospitality practices nationwide. His hotel company is known as The Kessler Collection, a portfolio of ten boutique three and four star quality properties located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado and New Mexico.
Kessler is a consummate supporter and leader of worthy causes. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Lutheran Brotherhood (a Fortune 500, thirty billion dollar Minneapolis-based financial services organization), founder and Chairman of the New Ebenezer Conference and Retreat Center, founder and board member of Treutlen House for children, and founder and sustainer of The Kessler Reformation Collection at Emory University's Pitts Theological Library. Kessler has also sponsored six scholarship programs. In 2000, Kessler was awarded the Florida Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. His personal interests include art, music and outdoor recreation.
President & Chief Operating Officer - Western Operations & EVP of Asset Management
Mark Kessler joined The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. as Project Manager for Kessler Canyon in 2002, where he was responsible for planning, developing, and opening the 23,000-acre western Colorado retreat. He assisted with the start-up of Kessler Europe, a satellite office based in Vienna, which specialized in management and acquisition opportunities for Kessler Collection operations abroad. In late 2008, Mark Kessler took over the marketing, branding and PR efforts of the company. While he remains intimately involved in marketing strategy, he currently provides operational oversight of three western properties, chairs the Operations Council and is responsible for Asset Management and reporting for all property stakeholders. He also maintains a key role in new project development, site selection and concept development.
Prior to joining The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Kessler was a member of the Ernst and Young Real Estate and Hospitality Services Group in Miami, Fla. His experience involved market research and due diligence for hotels, resorts and assisted living facilities throughout the southeast. Additional valuable work experience includes his role as assistant superintendent for C.D. Dangler Construction and a commercial property analyst for Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP.
Laura Kessler Vantil
President & Chief Operating Officer - Eastern Operations
Laura Kessler Van Til joined Kessler in XXX as Director of Project Planning, where she managed all phases of the development and operations processes, from site selection, concept creation, planning and zoning approvals, to construction administration, opening and operations. Additionally, she has played many key roles in Food and Beverage within the company, most notably as lead of concept development and implementation of two of the most successful restaurants within the Collection. She is currently the President and the Chief Operating Officer for seven Kessler properties, and focuses on the galleries, food and beverage and marketing efforts for The Kessler Collection.
After graduating from the Cornell Hotel School in 2001, Van Til worked in a variety of roles in real estate investment and development, including construction, hotel operations, property repositioning and renovation, marketing, corporate strategy, and residential real estate sales. Her experience was earned with companies like the American International Group (AIG) in the Global Real Estate Investment Group in New York, providing the underwriting and analysis of residential, retail, and hospitality investments for the US and International investment portfolio.
Chief Administrative Officer
Day Dantzler joined The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. in 1996 as Director of Real Estate, and in November 2001 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer while retaining his duties as head of the Real Estate Division. Dantzler held this position through November 2011 at which time he moved into his new role as CAO and Vice President of Development. Currently, Dantzler directs and manages the business operations of the various Kessler companies and affiliates, overseeing all aspects of the financial and real estate operations of the firm including new development projects in the Southeast. Dantzler has been a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida since 1980 and is currently Broker of Record for Florida Enterprise Realty, Inc.
In 1978, Dantzler joined Brass & Schneider, Inc., a well-established real estate appraisal and consulting firm, and eventually headed up the firm’s commercial appraisal department, specializing in various income investment properties such as hotels, apartments, office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial property. In 1989, he began work with a small real estate/consulting firm, where his responsibilities included subcontracting management and leasing services, recommending and implementing renovations and required capital improvements, valuation analysis, environmental matters, contract and lease negotiations and the ultimate disposition of the asset. He was also involved with numerous court-appointed receiverships involving foreclosures on various types of commercial properties. During a three-year period, Dantzler was instrumental in brokering more than $30 million in Central Florida real estate. In 1993, Dantzler joined Realvest Partners, Inc., a large full-service commercial brokerage company in Orlando, where he specialized in investment income property sales and acquisitions, along with retail site locations for select national clients.
Senior VP of Investments & Finance
Brian A. Py joined The Kessler Collection in 1999 and brings over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of hospitality and commercial real estate development, finance, feasibility and asset management to The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. As Senior VP of Investments & Finance, Brian is responsible for implementing the development concept and process from site and/or property acquisition through the development process, including capital budgeting, pro forma analysis, capital structuring and asset management. He coordinates placement of financing and equity and develops ongoing financial investment relationships for The Kessler Enterprise, Inc.
Brian’s experience has been focused on hospitality development projects, having directed the development of hotels throughout the United States with a construction cost value exceeding $1 billion. Brian has extensive experience in both private and public sector hospitality and convention center developments, having performed the roles of developer and consultant in representing municipalities in structuring, coordinating and negotiating public sector sponsored hospitality projects with private sector developers. Brian has directed full service and boutique hotel development projects in association with numerous hotel chains, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts (Autograph Collection), Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Westin & Sheraton), Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), Hilton Hotels & Resorts(Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites and Hampton Inns), Omni Hotels, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida with a BBA in Finance. Brian started his career as Leisure Time Industry Consultant with the Chicago office of the accounting firm of Laventhol & Horwath. He served as EVP Development evolving into a CFO position of a hospitality development firm for 14 years. Brian is also a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Florida.
Vice President of Sales & Revenue Management
Lori Kiel joined The Kessler Collection in 2008 as Corporate Director of Revenue Management responsible for the room revenue strategy for the portfolio. In 2009, Kiel was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management for the entire Collection. Kiel’s responsibilities include leading the overall revenue strategy for Group, Catering and Transient sales through rate and inventory strategy, and proven Sales techniques. Kiel has an extensive background in Revenue Management, Sales and Hotel Operations with branded and independent hotels.
Kiel has an A.S. in Hospitality Management and a B.A.S. in Leadership and 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. Prior to working at Kessler, Kiel worked for Lodgian Hotels as a Regional Revenue Manager and was responsible for their full-service portfolio of 25 hotels. During her career Kiel has worked in various positions to include Reservations, Front Office, Sales, General Manager and Revenue Management. Kiel’s holds experience with various brands, such as IHG Hotels, Omni, Hilton, Wyndham, Starwood and Marriott. Kiel has a proven track record of increasing RevPAR and market share index throughout her career; which has resulted in top line revenues that exceed budgeted expectations.
Melissa Van Dine, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Melissa Van Dine joined The Kessler Collection as Corporate Vice President of Human Resources in January 2011. Her responsibilities include all areas of human resources, training, organizational and cultural development for approx 1,200 Employees (Grand Performers) across 10 hotel locations. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
After earning a B.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida, Van Dine was an Investigator for Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) in Tampa, FL. Her introduction to the hospitality industry began in 1998 with Station Casinos, a major public gaming company based in Las Vegas, NV. In 2002, Mrs. Van Dine transitioned from gaming to timeshare as the Sr. Vice President of Human Resources & Guest Experiences for Celebrity Resorts, an Orlando based company. As a member of the Sr. Executive team, Van Dine was responsible for all areas of internal development including: human resources, training and organizational development, payroll, benefits, risk management, quality assurance, corporate communications, and guest experiences, she was an active member of ARDA AIF, ARDA’s Communications & Public Relations Committee, ARDA’s Workforce Solutions Advisory Committee, the Committee on UCF Relationships, and a certified RRP (Registered Resort Professional). During her tenure, she was also appointed by Florida’s Speaker of the House to serve on the state’s Advisory Council on Condominiums.
Melissa is thoroughly enjoying the luxury boutique segment of the Hospitality industry and lives in the Lake Nona area with her husband and 3 beautiful daughters.
Chief Financial Officer
Fravy Collazo joined The Kessler Collection as Chief Financial Officer in December 2011. His responsibilities include all areas of accounting and finance for the various Kessler companies and affiliates. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Florida Institute of Public Accounting.
Prior to joining The Kessler Collection, Collazo was the Corporate Controller for Westgate Resorts/Central Florida Investments, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Company’s accounting and reporting function, including sales and marketing, development, resort operations and homeowner associations. Collazo was also in the accounting and advisory practice with Ernst & Young, where he specialized in the real estate industry focusing primarily on hospitality and timeshare companies. During his eight years at Ernst & Young, he spent over two years working on special projects with Ernst & Young’s Hospitality Consulting Group serving such clients as Marriott, Hyatt and Disney. He also has extensive experience in acquisition due diligence, public offerings, SEC reporting and financial analysis.
Corporate Director of Food & Beverage Quality
Danny Py, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Quality, is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and processes within the Food and Beverage areas for all Kessler Collection Hotels. In his role, he is able to provide the Hotel F&B team with the right tools to increase better productivity within the Hotels.
Danny has an extensive background in Hospitality Food and Beverage. With over 24 years of Hospitality Food and Beverage experience, Danny has worked in various areas of this industry. Working with Restaurant Construction, Construction Management and Layout. He spent a great deal of time with Restaurant Management in the Caribbean, was a Restaurant Owner, General Manager ,Multi-Unit Manager and has a background in Fine Wines & Spirits. Danny has a passion for the craft segment of spirits and crafted beers.
Danny joined The Kessler Collection in July 2012. In his role, Danny can live out his passion. Process leads to Success! Seeing the processes and programs implemented at the hotels come to life not only in the financial growth of the company, but also in the Grand Performers. Danny is an active member in his community, along with his wife and two wonderful children.
Beaver Creek Lodge
Beaver Creek, CO
Discover chic mountain luxury in the heart of Beaver Creek's European-style alpine village; one of Colorado's most sublime destinations. The AAA Four-Diamond Beaver Creek Lodge is rated #4 in the world by Ski Magazine and features ski-to ski-from service to the slopes of Beaver Creek. Suites offer all of the comforts of home including living and dining areas, kitchenette, and gas fireplace. Additionally, a flat screen TV, Bose® Wave® CD radios and wireless Internet ensure your comfort. Choose a lodge condominium featuring gourmet kitchens and master bedrooms with whirlpool baths for an even more luxurious experience. Whether you arrive for a weekend getaway or a company gathering, you will enjoy top location moments from shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and year-round recreation.
Bohemian Hotel Celebration
The Bohemian Hotel Celebration is a charming, upscale boutique hotel just five minutes from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Celebration – a planned community with a nostalgic hometown ambience. Ideally located within 20 minutes of the airport and convention center, the AAA-Four Diamond Bohemian Hotel Celebration provides a peaceful lakeside oasis convenient to Orlando's excitement. Discover casually elegant old-Florida style, evident in lavishly appointed guest rooms and beautiful function space. Year-round sunshine invites swimming in the lakefront pool, as well as golf at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr., designed Celebration Golf Club. Enjoy privileges at two area spas, or stroll through downtown's shops and restaurants. We offer convenient in-lobby purchase of Disney Magic Your Way Tickets as well as a shuttle to Walt Disney World® theme parks.
Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront
Classic Savannah style and modern luxury welcome you at the boutique Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Experience the Southern charm of 75 guestrooms, panoramic views from the chic rooftop bar and terrace, gourmet dining at Rocks on the River Modern Grill, and first-class service. Be immersed within the atmosphere of historic River Street and nearby attractions. Steps away, explore historic sites, Savannah's lush parks, and over 100 shops, galleries and restaurants lining the riverfront.
Casa Monica Hotel
St. Augustine, FL
The Casa Monica Hotel is a majestic, restored 1888 landmark hotel in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Casa Monica is the city's only AAA Four Diamond hotel. The castle-like Spanish architecture will transport you to a world of first-class service and luxury. Decadent accommodations are complemented by amenities such as a relaxing outdoor pool and the AAA Four-Diamond 95 Cordova Restaurant. We offer an inspired setting for rejuvenation, captivating weddings and cutting-edge meetings. Nearby, championship golf and privileges at the exclusive oceanfront Serenata Beach Club await you.
El Monte Sagrado
Prepare to experience an exquisite Taos retreat designed for living in harmony with the earth. This lush sanctuary is a place to nurture mind, body and soul—whether for a peaceful getaway or motivational meeting. The resort offers 84 guestrooms, suites and casitas; each uniquely appointed with a décor inspired by Native American culture, foreign lands and local artists. El Monte Sagrado is dedicated to ecological preservation and sustainability without sacrificing luxury, comfort or style. From the Living Spa™ to the culinary delights of De la Tierra restaurant, El Monte Sagrado is a resort like no other.
Grand Bohemian Hotel
Experience the artful luxury and AAA Four-Diamond service in the heart of Orlando's Business & Arts District at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. As a downtown landmark of music, art and cuisine, the Grand Bohemian Hotel is ideal for both business and pleasure—just minutes from the airport, theme parks, attractions and golf courses. The hotel offers 250 sumptuous guest rooms featuring pillow-top beds and suites with Jacuzzi baths, as well as a relaxing heated outdoor pool and in-room massage treatments. Guests will be dazzled by an unprecedented collection of over 100 rare works of art from world-famous artists. Plan events within elegant function space, browse the eclectic art gallery, and enjoy entertainment in the Klimt Rotunda housing one of only two Imperial Grand Bösendorfer pianos in the world. You are in for an unforgettable visit.
Grand Bohemian Hotel
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville brings boutique comfort to the picturesque setting of Asheville, North Carolina. Located in the famous Biltmore Village set among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the inviting Tudor-style hotel features 104 spacious accommodations with luxurious touches including stone flooring and custom bedding. A fine dining restaurant, lounge, spa, and art gallery add to the Grand Bohemian Hotel's pleasures, all with convenient access to explore the historic and cultural sights of Asheville.
Kessler Canyon is a Colorado wildlife retreat offering luxuriously designed facilities and total solitude. Set on 23,000 pristine acres, the property unveils majestic mesa and mountain views among tranquil lake and stream settings. The experience includes inspiring accommodations, service, and gourmet cuisine hosted by friendly professional staff attending to our guests' every need. Opportunities for enjoyment are boundless with big game and upland bird hunting, fishing, the Kessler Canyon Poseidon Spa, hiking, skiing, touring, horseback riding, photography, and much more.
Mansion on Forsyth Park
Overlooking historic Forsyth Park, the AAA Four-Diamond Mansion on Forsyth Park is Savannah's most eclectic and chic hotel. A restored Victorian Georgian mansion in Savannah's Historic District, this 126-room retreat offers an authentic taste of Southern hospitality. The rich décor showcases over 400 pieces of original artwork. Elegant accommodations are polished to perfection. Your passion for fine cuisine will be satisfied by the renowned 700 Drayton Restaurant, Carriage Wine Cellar and 700 Kitchen Cooking School. Plan special events among venues with hand painted gold leaf accents and unsurpassed art or in the poolside courtyard, unwind in the soothing Poseidon Spa, and savor Savannah's intriguing sights. This is Savannah at its best.
The Castle Hotel
The Castle Hotel – The Castle Hotel combines the magic of a medieval themed palace with Orlando's vibrant fun. Located in the heart of the excitement only steps from International Drive's world-famous shopping, dining and entertainment, and less than one mile from the Orange County Convention Center. Upon arrival, attentive service, enchanting artwork and Renaissance music inspires your imagination. From the luxurious accommodations to our incredible pool, it's a royal experience.
|U.S. News and World Report 2013||Best Hotels Award||Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Top 100 US Resort Spa's - No. 26||El Monte Sagrado|
|U.S. News and World Report 2013||Best Vail Hotels Award||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|U.S. News and World Report 2013||Best Colorado Hotels Award||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|Orlando Magazine 2013 Dining Awards||Best Hotel Restaurant - No. 2||The Boheme, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando|
|Orlando Magazine 2013 Dining Awards||Celebrity Spotting - No. 3||Bosendorfer Lounge, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando|
|Savannah Morning News 2013||Readers' Choice Awards: Best Hotel||Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront|
|Taos News 2013||Best Lodging for Visitors||El Monte Sagrado|
|Taos News 2013||Best Place to Say I Do||El Monte Sagrado|
|Connect Savannah 2013||Best of Savannah: Best Rooftop Bar||Rocks on the RoofBohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Connect Savannah 2013||Best of Savannah: Best Hotel||Mansion on Forsyth Park|
|Trip Advisor 2013||Certificate of Excellence||El Monte Sagrado|
|Trip Advisor 2013||Certificate of Excellence||Grand Bohemian Orlando|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||T+L 500 Ultimate Hotel Guide||Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||T+L 500 Ultimate Hotel Guide||Casa Monica Hotel|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||T+L 500 Ultimate Hotel Guide||Mansion on Forsyth Park|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||T+L 500 Ultimate Hotel Guide||Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront|
|Complex Magazine 2013||Best Outdoor Bars in America||Rocks on the RoofBohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Savannah Magazine 2013||Best of Savannah: Best Hotel||Bohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Savannah Magazine 2013||Best of Savannah: Cocktails||Rocks on the RoofBohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Savannah Magazine 2013||Best of Savannah: Meeting Singles||Rocks on the RoofBohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Savannah Magazine 2013||Best of Savannah: View||Rocks on the RoofBohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 13Top 40 Resorts in the West||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 11Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest||El Monte Sagrado|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 35Top 40 Resorts in the West||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 18Top 20 Hotels in Florida||Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 15Top 20 Hotels in Florida||Casa Monica Hotel|
|Conde Nast Traveler 2013||Readers Choice - No. 13Top 30 Hotels in the South||Bohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||World’s Best AwardsTop Family Hotels||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||World's Best Hotels||Bohemian Hotel SavannahRiverfront|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||World's Best Hotels||Beaver Creek Lodge|
|Travel + Leisure 2013||World's Best Hotels||Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville|