Jeff Schmitz is majority owner of J.S. Capitol Management, LLC. He has over 20 years experience in the construction and development industries, totaling more than 20 million square feet and valued in costs over $300 million. With over 100 projects completed or under development, his vast experience spans from manufacturing facilities to institutional, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, healthcare and residential. As President and CEO of several entities, he is involved in developments underway in several states and is responsible for strategic planning and operations. As the strategic planner, he interfaces with architects, engineers, developers and owners to create business plans, project schedules and financial-investment models. In the hospitality industry, he has completed numerous construction and development projects. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University, with a concentration in Building Construction Technology, as well as a Residential Builder’s License.
Wayne McAteer has devoted his entire professional career to the lodging and hospitality industry. In 1960, his career began overseeing 15 hotels with Washington DC based Motel Management Corporation. In 1972, he joined Continental Hotel Corporation in Miami, FL and held the position of Partner and Vice President until early 1988. His roles included the day to day operations of the company, and he played a major role in development. In addition, he was an integral part of developing the company’s philosophy, concepts and setting operating standards. Continental Hotel Corporation started with two hotels and by the early 1980’s had a portfolio of 89 upscale to luxury hotels that the company owned, operated and developed. In the Spring of 1988 Wayne formed his own company, Wesley Hotel Group headquartered in Atlanta, GA, where he held the position of President and Chief Executive Office. He was responsible for the total development and operations of Wesley Hotel Group. The company was positioned to be a third party management company for major institutions such as insurance companies, banks, pension funds, and individual owners. Wesley grew from one hotel in 1988 to 33 hotels by 1992. In 1995, Wesley Hotel Group partnered with Ridgewood Hotels, Inc. a publicly held company, where he held the position of Vice President of Operations. Wayne won the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Developer of the Year in 2007 for his involvement in developing and opening the first new build for the Hotel Indigo brand in Sarasota, Florida. He has supported over 75 developments in his career to include a four diamond international resort internationally in Scotland and top award winning, renowned hotels here in the United States. Wayne has the experience in every facet of hotel operations and involvement in both domestic and international markets from hotels and resorts to state of the art conference centers.
Richard Goodrum is an entrepreneurial-spirited leader with over 15 years in hospitality development, market feasibility, global sales, marketing, and operations management. He is a strategic, creative business planner with effective implementation and follow-through. His passion for both business and personal growth is presented in his attention to detail and successes. Over the last four years, he completed numerous feasibility studies to include new urbanism, asset valuations, and hotel business plans for operating and new developments. He directs and supports company managed assets with both short term and long term goals to maximize asset values. Richard pioneers sales and operating teams within its managed asset portfolio for both new developments and operating facilities. He has a personal track record in overseeing 30+ managed hotel assets ranging from mid-scale to luxury and both independent and franchise affiliated properties. He has solidified brand knowledge with Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham, IHG, Starwood, Choice, Best Western, Preferred Hotels, and other prestigious brand affiliations. Prior to co-founding Paradise Hotel Group & J.S. Capitol Management, LLC he held the position of Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing during his four year tenure with Ridgewood Hotels, Inc. and Chateau Élan Hotels & Resorts. He was deemed a turn-around specialist for under-performing assets for the company’s third party managed and receivership properties. In the late 1990’s, Richard served two roles for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. One as a National Account Owner representing over 150 properties in corporate travel including Wyndham Garden Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Resorts, and Grand Heritage. He also held the title of Director of Sales in Development while opening the Wyndham Memphis Downtown. Mr. Goodrum received the Sales Manager of the Year Award in the 50+ hotel Garden Division for his sales initiatives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.
Kim Brinkman has over 20 years experience in accounting. She is currently Controller for J.S. Capitol Management, LLC, and several other entities owned by Jeff Schmitz. As Controller, she is experienced in retail, hospitality and public and private ventures.