HE Partners with Olympic Wrestler for Portfolio Management

ATLANTA—Hotel Equities (HE) has partnered with Lincoln McIlravy, former Olympic wrestler turned hotelier, and his hospitality company, Serve 20:28. HE has assumed management of McIlravy’s portfolio of hotels in Iowa and Nebraska.

“When we talked with Joe [Reardon] and Brad [Rahinsky] about getting the best out of others for their benefit and the benefit of the company…that was in line with what we believe,” said McIlravy. “We are so grateful to be able to partner with HE and showcase the ability to execute on that.”

Reardon, chief development officer, HE, shares that sentiment. “It has to be a symbiotic relationship in order to be successful,” he said.

That realization happened quickly, he added, referencing the first time he and Rahinsky, HE’s president/CEO, broke bread with Lincoln and his wife and partner, Lisa. “It was apparent from our initial visit that they [the McIlravys]were a team we wanted to work with,” he said. “That type of alignment enables us to join together to become a driving force in hospitality. We couldn’t be happier to partner with Lincoln and Lisa and their exceptional team at Serve 20:28.”

Along with that strong cultural fit, HE will also bring its team development and support-training platforms as it commences hotel management at the four hotels managed by Serve 20:28, something McIlravy and his wife say will be vital.

“We’ve always believed that it’s really important for the success of our people and their careers to develop and enjoy their growth,” he stated. Adding that they believe HE’s hotel management will allow for more employee opportunities to learn, teach and execute properly is also why they are “so excited about partnering with HE.”

HE has an extensive offering of  hotel management training programs available to associates, students and recent college graduates interested in continuing their growth in the hospitality industry.

HE assumed management of the four-hotel portfolio in mid-January, including the Homewood Suites by Hilton Iowa River Landing and Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City in Coralville, IA; the Staybridge Suites in Des Moines, IA; and the Hampton Inn South Heritage Park in Lincoln, NE.

Plans are in place for McIlravy’s newest hotel, a seven-story, premium-branded 112-room lifestyle/extended-stay hotel in Des Moines, to have a target opening by summer 2021. In regard to Serve 20:28’s future portfolio growth and development, discussions about exclusive project investment with HE are in the works.

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