Dennis Nighswonger, CCM appointed Vice President Corporate Food & Beverage Director of Lodgewell Management, LLC
Overland Park, KS – LodgeWell, LLC, a real estate development company headquartered in Overland Park, KS announced today that Dennis Nighswonger has been appointed Vice President Corporate Food & Beverage Director of Lodgewell Management, LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Lodgewell, LLC.
Dennis Nighswonger has over 26 years of Country Club Management with expertise in food, beverage, golf, fitness center and spa services. Dennis has been involved in Food and Beverage management his whole career. He started his management career in Denver, CO with Century Corporation who owned five major restaurants and clubs in the Denver area. Annual volume ranged from $2.1 million – $4.2 million. Dennis has been involved in turning around businesses by providing “Service Beyond Expectations” to stakeholders, patrons and associates. He has been involved in the renovation projects of over $38 million during his career.
Before joining LodgeWell, Dennis was the General Manager for the Brookridge Golf & Fitness located in Overland Park, KS. He was instrumental in the successful turnaround in club operations, which has resulted in a phenomenal club model for the future. $3.2 million was spent on renovating 18,000 sq. ft. including redesigning the casual lounge/dining area, building 10,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center and Locker Rooms. Brookridge Golf & Fitness went from 119 members in 2010 to 1,050 in 2013. Dennis also held the position of General Manager at the famous BIGHORN Golf Club considered one of the most prestigious communities and country clubs in the United States. Host to nationally televised golf events: The Skins Game, U.S. Senior Match Play Challenge, The Battle of BIGHORN, and the LPGA’s Samsung World Championship. Dennis was also the General Manager of the ThunderBird Country Club the first full service country club in the desert and the original home of the Bob Hope Classic.
Dennis’s career path demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit, proven ability for leadership and decision-making, well versed in all financial areas with the ability to increase revenue and control costs, excellent communications skills with members, as well as staff, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Capable of creating a positive image for a country club by providing a staff with great attitudes and a desire to deliver exceptional service for the members.
David C. Owen, Managing Member, said, “We are extremely pleased to have the professionalism and Food & Beverage experience he brings given his hospitality background. I am confident the expertise he brings to our company will significantly enhance hotel, convention center and resort operations.”
Dennis graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
About LodgeWell, LLC LodgeWell, LLC is a real estate development company owned by Dave Mashburn and David C. Owen. Lodgewell has a multi-disciplined professional team encompassing all facets of the hospitality industry including hotel development, management, real estate acquisition along with new hotel construction and renovation
Dave Mashburn: has over 30 years of experience in the development, design, construction, and management of hotel, resort and conference center projects across the country, totaling over $3 billion dollars in development. He has held senior level positions with such organizations as John Q Hammons Hotels and Resorts, Bass Pro Shops, Leisure Hotels and Resorts, Destination Ventures, Walton Construction and HNTB Corporation. Mr. Mashburn has significant experience in the development of large projects with complicated entitlements and incentives. As Development Director at John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts in Springfield, MO he directed the development of over twenty full service convention center and hotel projects across the country totaling over $1 billion in development.
Dave Owen: A former State Senator and Lt. Governor of Kansas, Mr. Owen has had a long career in banking, investment banking and real estate. He owned and served as Chairman and CEO of two banks in the Kansas City area one of which he chartered. As Regional Manager for Stephens Inc in Little Rock, AR he had oversight municipal finance and merger and acquisition activities in the Midwest region of the country. He was also owner of a highly successful real estate company in the Kansas City area.
For more information, contact: LodgeWell, LLC David C. Owen, Managing Member 8500 College Boulevard Overland Park, KS 66210 Phone: (913) 396-5982 Fax: (866) 811-4560 dowen@LodgeWell.com www.LodgeWell.com