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Leadership

Classic Hotels & Resorts offers extensive senior management experience demonstrating success in property acquisitions and daily management operations. The Classic hospitality team has successfully launched iconic independent properties as well as brand affiliated hotels. A balanced approach, offering equal measures of entrepreneurial insight, corporate expertise and hands-on experience ensures the achievement of sustainable financial performance.

Richard Behr
Chief Operating Officer

Richard Behr leads daily operations and profitability of a growing collection of hotels while achieving optimum operating standards and efficiencies. Behr brings over 20 years of experience and leadership to the hospitality industry providing considerable expertise to hotel companies including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Destination Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Behr has also provided leadership and guidance to such prestigious properties as The Phoenician Resort, Arizona Biltmore and Royal Palms Resort & Spa.

Through his vast operational experience and diverse background, Behr promotes an entrepreneurial environment attentive on achieving market potential and increased shareholder value, while focusing on enhanced customer service and judicious owner relations.

Behr oversees annual budgeting processes and develops, organizes and manages capital expenditures programs. He affects positive financial growth through short and long range planning, including closely monitoring revenue sources and operating expenses.

Behr has been the recipient of numerous industry awards bestowed by Mobil, AAA, and Conde’Nast and was appointed to the Governor’s Tourism Alliance. In addition Behr has served on the boards of the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Behr earned a degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Tim Price
VP Sales and Marketing

Tim Price provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels & Resorts. Implementing a balanced approach combining tactical and pragmatic solutions, Price guides both independent and branded properties towards achievement of optimal market penetration.

Price brings a history of exceptional industry experience. He has served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa where he successfully positioned the landmark property as the rate and occupancy leader within the competitive marketplace. Price was employed with Marriott for more than 20 years, holding a number of leadership positions including Director of Sales and Marketing at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Market Sales Leader for 26 hotels located in the highly competitive Orange County and Palm Desert markets, Director of Sales at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, and Director of Sales at Marriott’s Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club in Scottsdale.

Price is a recipient of the coveted Sales Leader of the Year award honoring his exceptional accomplishments within the hospitality industry. Price holds a Bachelor of Science, Hotel and Restaurant Management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Kevin Duncan
VP Revenue Management

A passionate leader in total hotel revenue management, Kevin Duncan is responsible for providing overall revenue management leadership and strategic guidance for all properties leading to increased profitability and RevPAR Index for our collection of hotels.

Kevin works closely with the Sales and Marketing team at each hotel ensuring successful results. He brings over 19 years of hotel experience, including department leadership positions in Conference Services, Sales and Revenue Management. Most recently, Kevin was Area Director of Revenue Management for Interstate Hotels & Resorts overseeing revenue management and sales strategies for several hotels across the country. Prior to that, Kevin was employed with Marriott International
for nearly 15 years holding several leadership positions including Director of
the Rocky Mountain Sales Office overseeing responsibilities for a $22 million operation. Recipient of the Regional Sales Team of the Year Award and a Sales Pinnacle Award Winner, Kevin has achieved tremendous success through his hands-on approach in leadership creating a positive atmosphere.

Dave Yeager
VP Finance

Dave Yeager closely structures, transitions and manages the hotel portfolio with a customized ownership approach to hotel finance. Yeager provides 34 years of financial management and leadership to the hospitality industry. He has guided financial operations for such prominent companies as Marriott International, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts and Stouffer Hotels & Resorts.

Yeager has directed notable ownership groups including Nestle USA, Alcoa, JMB Realty, Lloyds of London, CTF Holdings, MONY Life and AXA Financial. Yeager provides keen financial insight during numerous hospitality and associated business transitions and acquisitions.

Yeager has achieved tremendous success optimizing profit and cash flow with an ownership approach to hotel finance. Yeager earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati.

Stanley Gray
VP Construction

Stanley Gray oversees multi-million dollar expansions, renovations, build outs and major capital projects while providing support to ongoing replacement reserve and facilities management programs. Gray is a 35 year veteran in the construction industry overseeing a diverse array of construction projects including expansions, renovations, tenant improvements, environmental issues and major capital projects.

Throughout his tenure with Classic’s parent company, Grossman Company Properties, Gray has directed multi-million dollar expansions of retail malls, office building projects and hotel renovations, including Arizona Biltmore and Arizona Grand Resort re-developments.

Gray is a graduate of the American General Contractors Association for Project Management.

Nancy Silver
VP Organizational Development

With over 25 years in Human Resources, Nancy Silver has spent her professional life inspiring people and organizations, creating optimal, visual and measurable results in service, leadership, relationships, wellness and teamwork.

Nancy’s
career highlights include opening the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, 17 years with Destination Hotels as the Area HR Director for Royal Palms Resort and Spa, leading her own HR/service consulting company and, most recently, transitioning the former Ritz Carlton Phoenix into the new Camby Hotel. Most noteworthy is Nancy’s personalized connection to culture creation, commitment to service excellence, talent search, training and organizational development.

John Grossman
VP Development & Design

John Grossman oversees Development and Design Management for Classic Hotels & Resorts® and is involved in all aspects of project conception, design direction, marketing and programming.  He is also responsible for the development, management and coordination of strategic projects and acquisitions.

In addition, John is President of Classic’s parent company, Grossman Company Properties. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2001, John joined Work Force Housing Associates, a San Francisco based developer specializing in residential in-fill projects throughout the Bay Area. In 2005, John attended the University of New South Wales and received his Masters in Real Estate Development. While completing his studies, he began work with Greengate Property Group, a Sydney, Australia based developer specializing in Senior Accommodation.  During his 4-year tenure with Greengate, John managed the development and design management of more than 450 independent and assisted living units. John is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and Urban Land Institute.

Jake Gray
Vice President of Acquisitions & Development

Jake Gray holds the position of Vice President of Acquisitions and Development with Grossman Company Properties and Classic Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Jake participates in the acquisition, financing, strategy, development and operations of various new and existing assets in the portfolio.

Jake is an active contributor to Arizona organizations that enhance our community and business environment. He is currently serving as Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Partnership Forum Program and Vice Chair of ULI’s Young Leaders Group. Jake is also active with Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and is currently serving as a “big brother”.

Originally from Phoenix, Jake holds a BS in Construction Management, minor in Business from Northern Arizona University and a Professional Certificate of Real Estate Development from Arizona State Universities Masters in Real Estate Development Program.

Tom Bobo
Development Manager

Tom Bobo focuses on acquisitions, new business opportunities and due diligence. He provides underwriting analysis directly to Classic’s senior management.

Tom provides financial analysis, valuation underwriting, and qualitative strategic assessments of target properties. Tom attended the University of San Diego for graduate school where he received his Master of Business Administration, and received a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. While at USD, Tom represented the graduate business school on USD’s Graduate Student Council. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Vision & Philosophy

Our hospitality management company based on superior and enduring relationships

Leadership

We offer extensive senior management experience demonstrating success in property acquisitions and daily management

Capabilities

Recognized as an innovative luxury hotel and resort operator, Classic Hotels & Resorts offers a seasoned and imaginative management team

Partnerships

Classic Hotels & Resorts’ property acquisition and development strategy focuses on the full-service luxury segment of the hospitality market.

Testimonials

Read what our clients and partners have to say about us.

Sustainability

Classic Hotels & Resorts is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability guided by our hotel and green certification partnerships.

Press & Awards

Celebrating 30 years of awards and service.

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WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY

…quality, flexibility, customer-centric solutions and independent thinking…

Dave Gabri, President, Associated Luxury Hotels International

I admire Classic’s exceptional ability to anticipate and capitalize on shifting market conditions.

Tom Littleton, President, LMG Data Mining

Write a book for other hotels to follow!!

Maria Webster, Meeting Planner, InterDent, Inc