David Marvin, founder and president of Legacy Ventures®, was an early believer in downtown Atlanta’s resurgence. Since making his first investment downtown in 1994, Marvin has developed $500 million in downtown real estate. Atlanta tested Legacy, but the firm has expanded its footprint regionally. In addition to development, Legacy today has hotel and restaurant operating divisions that employ roundly 1,000 people. Legacy’s in-house financial, marketing, design and construction teams represent collaborative resources for its development, asset management, and operations initiatives.
Marvin’s professional career began as a graduate engineer on the docks of Electric Boat Naval Shipyard. Ten years into his career, Marvin transitioned from construction to real estate. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Science degree in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is active on several civic boards, including the Atlanta Rotary Club, Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Board, Chair of ADID Interagency Law Enforcement Task Force, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, the Georgia State University School of Hospitality’s Advisory Board and Founder/Chairman of the Centennial Park District®.
A CPA with experience at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, Mr. O’Hanlon is well seasoned in real estate with senior-level experience at both public and private firms. He has held positions of SVP & CFO of Dominion Homes, Division President of Beazer Home USA and EVP of KB Home. Mr. O’Hanlon is returning to Atlanta where he spent the first half of his career, after earning an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University.
Richards joined Legacy in 2011 to organize the firm’s Hotel Operations division. He has since developed a team that is focused on sales and revenue management, expense management, product quality, team satisfaction and the guest experience. He is actively involved in the hotel development process, analyzing and underwriting potential projects and performs an asset management role for several projects. He oversees a corporate team of ten.
Richards has 35 years of relevant experience, which includes Vice President of Asset Management for Lodgian, Inc., where he contributed to capital planning and investment strategies, implementation of property improvement plans, brand conversions, and renovations; Regional Revenue Manager; and VP of Operations. Prior positions include general manager roles with Winegardner & Hammons and Prime Hospitality.
He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS degree from the School of Business and Economics.
Mr. Bullock has over fifteen year’s of experience in the restaurant industry working with high-volume, industry-leading companies. He began his career in 1995 with Houston’s restaurants in Atlanta. After being promoted to General Manager, Mr. Bullock operated stores in both New Orleans and Houston. In 2000 Mr. Bullock left Houston’s to become Vice President of Operations for Border Cafe Restaurants. In 2007 Mr. Bullock joined Bricktop’s Restaurant Company. Bricktop’s was founded by the original Houston’s co-founder Joe Ledbetter and industry veteran Tom Brunnberg. Mr. Bullock earned his Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University and his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is an active member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board.
Ms. Moore has 20 years of experience in the hospitality and finance industries, beginning her career as a CPA in Memphis, TN with the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. Her finance background transitioned well into the hospitality field, where she began her tenure with Hilton Worldwide (formerly Promus Hotel Corporation). Her time with Hilton included multi-property financial analysis and operational positions of increasing responsibility. Moore’s experience spanned urban, resort and suburban markets, with a specialization in the all-suite category. Her responsibilities included revenue generation, all facets of hotel operations, finance and cash management as well as capital planning and renovations. In her role at Legacy, Moore oversees the day-to-day operations of all hotel assets. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business and Economics where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
Jeff Sime joined Legacy Restaurant Partners in late 2013 as the vice president of operations and oversees the day-to-day operations of all Legacy Restaurants. Sime is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in every aspect of restaurant operations, from site selection and menu development to training and strategic growth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in both hospitality administration and marketing from Florida State University.
As Director of Business Development, Caroline Karlberg is responsible for identifying new business opportunities that meet Legacy Ventures’ investment objectives, including opportunities in acquisition, ground-up development, and third party operations management. Once identified, she underwrites and reports on targeted business opportunities, providing market research, entitlement analysis, operating projections, and discounted cash flow modeling and sensitivity analyses. Caroline oversees the acquisition and development process in collaboration with company leadership, as well as the operations, design and construction, and finance teams. Additionally, she is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee, which directs the long-term strategies of the company and ensures that the company consistently delivers exceptional customer experiences, yielding measurably better results for partners and investors.
Caroline brings to Legacy Ventures a wealth of professional experience, with prior tenures at Goldman, Sachs & Co; PKF Consulting USA; and TPG Hotels & Resorts. In her previous work involving the hospitality, lodging and real estate industries, she conducted market and financial feasibility studies, portfolio valuations, appraisals and business valuations, strategic research assignments, and repositioning and operational analyses. In her most recent role at TPG, Caroline was responsible for overseeing the hotel acquisition process from deal identification to underwriting through due diligence, acquisition, and transition to operations team. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. She is a member of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, Georgia Women in Lodging, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association, and she is the Vice President of the Bucknell Club of Atlanta.
Akash Gaur serves as project executive for all design and construction projects and manages the in-house design and construction team. Akash is responsible for the design, budget and schedule for active development projects. Akash is also actively involved in the new development and acquisition processes.
Akash has 20 years of experience in the real estate development industry, managing projects from prospects through closeout. As Director of Building Design Services at Cortland Partners, Akash led the implementation effort for BIM (Building information Modelling)/VBC to ensure data sharing between construction, investments, operations, design, and facility management. Akash’s prior experience also includes a lengthy tenure at Perkins + Will, where he rose from Intern Architect to Senior Design Manager. Akash holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and is also a graduate of the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. Akash is a registered Georgia Architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Chef Blobaum comes to Legacy most recently from The Liberty House Restaurant Corporation where he served as corporate chef to Bone’s, Blue Ridge Grill and OK Café. Chef Blobaum’s passion for producing creative dishes began at an early age in his native Iowa where he learned to experience and appreciate the benefits of organic farming and agricultural sustainability firsthand. Educated at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., Chef Blobaum has enjoyed a coast-to-coast career. The classically French trained chef enjoys combining classic regional fare with fresh flavors of locally and garden-grown ingredients.
Ron Fader joined Legacy Ventures in 2012 to assist with the formation of the Hotel Operations division, and today he is responsible for all hotel and restaurant financial reporting, forecasting, and budgeting. He oversees the on-property and corporate accounting teams and leads the development and improvement of business processes, accounting policies and procedures, and internal controls. Ron also provides strategic leadership in designing and leveraging Legacy Ventures’ financial reporting systems to accommodate its portfolio growth.
Ron has over 25 years of experience in accounting, valuation, financial analysis, and planning across the hospitality and student housing fields. Starting as a CPA with PKF, he later spent nine years with Hilton Worldwide, rising to Director of Finance-Operations Analysis. There, Ron and his team were responsible for the accounting processes, full financial reporting, planning, and analysis for 175+ full and limited service hotels. Ron went on to serve as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) for seven years, where he developed a team of business analysts responsible for delivering operations analysis, business strategy and financial planning functions for 200+ full and limited service hotels. Prior to joining Legacy Ventures, Ron served as the Associate Director of Budget and Finance for the Department of Housing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he had overall leadership for the financial and business operations of the Department of Housing. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business where he graduated cum laude.
Mr. Szymanik has over 30 years of hotel experience in operations and sales, beginning his career in Event Services with Hyatt Hotels in Dearborn, MI. He moved to Atlanta to join the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in the early 1980’s. From there, he held sales roles of varying levels for several brands. His Director of Sales experience includes multiple submarkets within the Atlanta Metro area, both with hotels and with special events off-premise catering. Prior to joining Legacy, he led sales for 11 years at one of Legacy’s owned assets, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. In his regional role with Legacy, Szymanik oversees sales, marketing and revenue management efforts for the portfolio of hotels.
Ms. Holcomb has been in the hospitality industry for her entire career, beginning in health care with the Wilder Foundation, based in St. Paul, MN. Her health care background, training and leadership skills transitioned well into a hotel career. Prior to joining Legacy, Holcomb spent over ten years at hotels in the greater Atlanta area, experiencing several hotel management companies and full-service branded hotels. Her strong operational leadership skills balanced well with her human capital development skills at property level and in her expanded multi-property responsibilities. In her role at Legacy, Holcomb oversees the Human Resources function from the corporate level, supporting all managed hotels in the development, implementation and maintenance of Human Resources initiatives, strategies and processes.
Sruthy Kuruvilla joins Legacy Ventures with extensive experience in Law Enforcement, Security, and Loss Prevention. After graduating with a Master’s of Science degree in Criminology from Buffalo State College, he started his career as a Police Officer with New York City Police Department. He relocated to Georgia and joined the City of Duluth Police Department where he was quickly promoted to the rank of Corporal in the Criminal Investigation Division supervising a Crime Suppression Unit tasked with investigating major felonies and reducing jurisdictional crime rates. Sruthy transitioned to the private sector as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for an environmental company. He then had the opportunity to develop nationally adapted campaigns and security programs for a retail trade association. In his role with Legacy Ventures, he will be responsible for planning, maintaining, and auditing effectiveness of all loss prevention and security measures, while developing training and life safety programs.
Mr.Cordle has spent over 20 years in the residential and commercial construction industry and has experience with multi-million dollar homes, condominiums, hotels, and multi-family projects. Mr.Cordle also managed work for the State of Georgia including a major structural renovation of the 42 story ‘Two Peachtree Tower’ and a historic rehabilitation of the Georgia State Capital. Prior to joining the Legacy team Mr.Cordle worked in Atlanta at the Winter Construction Company. Mr.Cordle studied Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.
Trina Martinez manages Legacy’s construction projects, including new construction, renovation, and ongoing maintenance. She is responsible for contract administration and document control, draws, progress billing, as well as managing invoicing and vendor payment on multiple projects. She also assists with pricing exercises, competitive bidding, and procurement of materials and services, as well as maintaining close coordination with field personnel, operations, and accounting throughout the project.
Prior to joining Legacy in 2007, Trina provided construction management services for more than $340 million of construction projects in the metro Atlanta market for Holder Construction and Winter Construction. Through her work at Winter, she is proud to have participated in the 24/7 Gateway project, a short-term and long-term shelter for Atlanta’s homeless, veterans and individuals pursuing substance abuse treatment and counseling. At Legacy, Trina has organized the donation of liquidated furniture items from hotel renovations to various charitable organizations, including the Teen Challenge Facility, and she participates in the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at Legacy’s Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park. Trina holds a Bachelor of Science in Structural Design from Purdue University’s School of Engineering and Technology.
Ms. Herd came to Legacy with 13 years of extensive experience in commercial and residential interior design. She previously owned an interior design business and her portfolio includes a wide range of project types from resort work in Costa Rica to new and remodeled high-end residential projects in the US and India, as well as restaurants/nightclubs and flagship corporate offices. Her work has been featured in Southern Living and Kitchen Trends. While working for Home Depot Supply, she gained an extensive background in wholesale building supply and thus brings a unique understanding of project budget concerns and constraints to Legacy. Ms. Herd received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brad Boatner has been with the Legacy family since 2014 as the Vice President of Sales and oversees the dynamic sales team for the restaurant division. Boatner started his career over 20 years ago in the hospitality industry with the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. He has been thoroughly involved in hotel and restaurant operations for numerous entities such as Omni Mandalay Dallas, Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hilton Anatole Dallas where he was the Associate Director of Sales, three of the premier convention hotels in Texas. After leaving the Hilton, he spent four years with the Arlington, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau as the Director of Sales working alongside the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and various hotels and restaurants throughout the city. His most previous position was with Expedia.com as the Area Manager over the southeast U.S.
Mr. Boatner received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
Ashley Bridges joined Legacy in early 2017 as the Director of Marketing for the restaurant division. Ashley oversees all aspects of strategic marketing and public relations efforts, management of social media platforms, and website content and design. She is also responsible for developing and maintaining local partnerships and sponsorships within the greater Atlanta area.
Ashley attended Georgia Southern University, where she studied hotel and restaurant management. She started her career in restaurant operations before transitioning into sales and marketing in 2007. Prior to joining Legacy Ventures, Ashley served as Director of Marketing at HUSA Management, Inc. in Houston. She has also held marketing management roles at Levy Restaurants in Houston, Tinsley Hospitality Group in Santa Fe, N.M., and Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC.
Mr. Buhrman brings over twenty five years of catering, sales, customer service, hospitality, logistics, and food and beverage operations management to the Legacy team. He began his career over 20 years ago in southern California managing a fast casual family restaurant concept, then in 1998 he joined the renowned Peasant Restaurant group in Atlanta. In 2004 he joined forces with a small catering start up and spent a decade in his capacity as Director of Sales and Operations, building the firm to a multi-million dollar catering and restaurant operation. Since arriving at Legacy in early 2014, Rhys has managed Atlanta’s famous Ventanas event facility, in addition to serving as General Manager for Legacy’s catering division, Legacy Catering and Events.
Mr. Lancaster is a CPA with experience in public accounting, real estate and construction industries. He has extensive experience as the controller in job cost accounting entities. He has designed and implemented accounting internal controls and procedures. His wealth of experience in financial reporting allows him to effectively communicate to fellow team members. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Mr. Watkins’ experience spans over ten years in the hospitality and service industries. His passion for service, innovation and diversity were easily applied to his first hospitality position with Hilton Worldwide in 2005. From there his career afforded him the opportunity to recruit and manage operational teams within the Starwood, Best Western, and Hilton brands as well as learn the sales and revenue functions through various roles. His experience spans airport, downtown and suburban markets. Currently Mr. Watkins creates and manages the revenue strategy for the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Northlake and provides facilitation and project work related to the revenue process of the company’s other hotel assets. He is a graduate of Westwood College in Atlanta, GA.
Matt Deckard began his culinary career in 1992 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Chi CHiS, a very popular Mexican restaurant. Deckard worked his way up in the kitchen throughout high school and then attended the Harrisburg College of Culinary Arts. In 1998 he traveled to Charleston, South Carolina where he learned the basics of Southern cookery. Deckard has worked in several well-known establishments including Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, Garrison’s Broiler and Tap and Cypress Street Pint and Plate. Deckard began as the executive chef at Glenn’s Kitchen in January 2015. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, baseball and running.
Chef McCormick began his career at an early age working with his father at a bar and grill in his hometown of Rochester, NY. After majoring in engineering and physics for two years, he chose to pursue a career in hospitality, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Matt moved to Atlanta to join J. Alexanders Restaurants in 2005 and was quickly promoted to Executive Chef of the Birmingham, AL location shortly after finishing training. He also worked as Executive Chef in Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale, and assisted with several new restaurant openings before joining Seasons 52 in 2009 to open the Coral Gables, FL location as Executive Chef Partner.
With Legacy Ventures, Chef McCormick oversees culinary operations at 300 Marietta Street, including STATS, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, Twin Smokers BBQ, and Der Biergarten, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn, including Ventanas and Game X.
Timekiyo Wright oversees the day-to-day accounting and reporting for Legacy Ventures’ restaurants. Timekiyo has over 20 years of extensive and diverse accounting and financial reporting experience in companies with revenues in excess of $2 billion. Known as a motivated leader and an active team contributor who builds and develops trusting relationships through integrity and professional character, Timekiyo’s career includes actively addressing critical business and accounting issues by implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory and industry standards and supporting corporate and divisional strategic planning efforts through forecasting and operational/capital budget development activities. Timekiyo is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Management where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting.
Mr. King has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, beginning his career with the Wilderness Development Corporation at a water-park resort in Sevierville, Tennessee. The skills learned here opened the door to a positon with Hilton Worldwide in 2012. Mr. King’s time with Hilton introduced him to a wide-range of operational activities, such as being a Task Force General Manager for focused-service properties during times of need. Joining Legacy Ventures in 2016, Mr. King’s responsibilities include development and implementation of standardized accounting procedures at the property level, administering the internal audit program, and providing operations support for hotel managers. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Service Management, majoring in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism.
Christopher Cox manages all aspects of projects on Legacy’s portfolio of assets, including property renovations, tenant build-outs, property improvement plans, and upgrades to property systems. Christopher also provides support to the senior executives in the overall management of large development projects and participates in the new development and acquisition evaluation processes.
Christopher has over ten years of experience managing design and construction for hospitality and residential projects. Prior to joining Legacy, he worked at Noble Investment Group as Development Coordinator and helped manage hospitality projects throughout the U.S. Christopher has also worked for Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart, and Associates and The University of Georgia. He holds a Master of Science in Construction Management and Residential Real Estate Development and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Troy Landrey is a hospitality industry executive with 25 years of management experience. Troy graduated from Edinboro University in 1992, and has worked in hotels, restaurants, stadiums, event facilities and breweries. Troy has held positions from beverage manager to food and beverage director, and brewmaster to executive general manager. After spending 11 years, around the country with Dave & Buster’s, Troy has spent the last five years with Legacy Ventures, currently as the Area General Manager over its restaurant division. Troy lives in Sugar Hill, GA, has been married to his wife Mollie for 18 years and they have two boys, Gavin (10) and Mack (6).
Ms. Meyers serves as the Administrator for the hotel division. Before joining the Legacy team, she worked for Hilton at their Embassy Suites property in Tuscaloosa, AL. She started her career out of college as a Front Desk Representative where she managed many aspects in customer service. Meyers is a graduate of The University of Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Human Environmental Science degree in Hospitality.