Keith AlexanderSenior Vice President of OperationsAs Senior Vice President of Operations, Keith is responsible for the overall financial and operational performance of Schulte Hospitality's portfolio of hotel assets. He oversees a team of sales, revenue and operations professionals whose objective is to see that all of the hotel assets are aligned with the company's culture and core values; ensuring the delivery of exceptional financial results to our owners; delivering memorable guest experiences; and driving loyalty and retention among our team members. Keith brings with him over 20 years of industry knowledge and experience with highly- reputable, hospitality organizations such as Noble Investment Group and GF Management.
Keith joined Schulte Hospitality in 2011 and previously held the position of Regional Vice President for its full-service portfolio, and Vice President of Operations. During that time, Keith was responsible for leading Schulte Hospitality Operations during a period that saw the company grow from $91 million in annual revenues to over $280 million. Keith, who also represents Schulte Hospitality in brand/owner relations, also serves on the Advisory Council for Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. Keith is married to his wife of seven years, Thais, and has two children, Tessa and Thiago.
Jason PeoplesSenior Vice PresidentJason helped grow and directly oversees the performance and development of a team of 20+ above property Sales support leaders, as well as 100+ property level Sales leaders. Jason's career has developed alongside of Schulte's portfolio growth from 24 hotels to over 100, during which time Jason has held roles as General Manager, Regional Vice President of Operations, Senior Regional Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Sales.
Prior to Joining Schulte in 2014, he spent 14 years with Hotels Unlimited where he learned each discipline of the hotel industry from his roles as Executive Chef, Director of Catering, Revenue Manager, Assistant General Manager, and General Manager. His multi-faceted background brings a unique perspective to his current role as Senior Vice President of Sales.
Originally from Trenton New Jersey, Jason currently resides in South Florida with his wife Kristen, and two young children Harper and Jaxson. During down time, he enjoys running, golfing and exploring new hotels with his family.
Katie WollrichChief Marketing OfficerKatie brings over 14 years of client and agency marketing experience to the Schulte team. She is a proven marketing leader who has developed and executed industry-leading advertising programs that delivered sales results and double-digit improvements in brand health attributes. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing & Advertising at Papa John’s International, where she developed the strategy and content for all consumer touchpoints globally, including store design. Prior to that she spent five years working for Wendy’s corporate in several roles, including leading the development of integrated digital and broadcast advertising that drove brand recognition, growth, and revenue. She also has extensive agency experience, including six years at DDB, doing account management, new product campaigns, brand management, strategy, and creative research for a variety of clients such as McDonald’s, Capital One, and Cars.com.
She is passionate about creating advertising that leverages the power of social media and consumer insights. Her work has earned her a number of international awards (Cannes Lions, Effie, Shorty Awards, and Advertising Research Foundation David Ogilvy Award) and she has had the privilege to produce four Super Bowl Commercials and over 250 television advertisements. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Speech Communication from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She lives in Louisville with her husband and two young sons.
Kevin GallagherPresidentKevin Gallagher is President of Schulte Hospitality and is responsible for overseeing the operations and finances of the company's 151 hotels located in 31 states. As President, Kevin is involved in setting the strategic direction of the company and co-chairs the firm's investment committee with CEO, Darryl Schulte. Prior to his recent appointment as president, Kevin served as the company's Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Kevin helped grow the company from 18 to 65 hotels by creating a platform for sourcing, underwriting and closing acquisitions for Schulte Hospitality and its affiliates and partners. During his tenure as CFO, Kevin led the team in acquiring more than $750 million in assets, as well as executing on debt procurement of $500 million across multiple portfolios. He also led all capital market, finance, accounting and legal activities for both the real estate development group and the hospitality management company, he also served as a key member of the executive committee.
Prior to joining Schulte Hospitality Group, Kevin served in key roles for various publicly-held companies, including United Airlines, where he led the corporate sales channel - CIBC Worldwide Markets - as an equity analyst, and First Union Capital Markets, in derivative trading. Kevin hopes to help guide and oversee Schulte's continued market leadership and financial growth for years to come. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree in Economics from Tufts University. After living in nine states, Kevin now calls Kentucky his home. He resides in Louisville with his wife, Grace, and their two young sons, Reed and Penn. He leads an active lifestyle and enjoys running, biking and travel.
Ray SchulteChief Operating OfficerAs a founding partner of Schulte Hospitality, Ray Schulte oversees all operational aspects for our hotel portfolio. Since the company's inception, he has managed the growth of the company from its first location to its current portfolio of over 151 hotels in 31 states, additionally he has been instrumental in implementing and developing the systems and procedures that have allowed the company to streamline its operations and achieve best-in-class results for its investors and ownership groups. Today he oversees $300 million in top-line revenues, $1.4 billion of asset value and over 8,400 associates. He is also involved in the management of the company's real estate, office and retail holdings.
Prior to founding Schulte Hospitality Group with his brother and father, he worked with John Q. Hammons, Summit Hotels and a Dallas-based real estate developer. Ray studied business administration at the University of Colorado. Ray is an avid sports fan and enjoys golf, skiing and traveling. He supports the charity The V Foundation for cancer research (jimmyv.org), named for college basketball coach Jim Valvano. The V Foundation holds a four-star rating - the highest - and 100% of its support goes directly to cancer research. Ray uses the inspirational words of Coach Valvano as motivation in his daily life.
Darryl SchulteChairman and CEODarryl Schulte is a third-generation hotelier. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Darryl decided to build upon his family's knowledge of the hotel business and form the Schulte Hospitality Group with his father and brother in 1999. Since then, Schulte Hospitality has grown to encompass all aspects of hotel management, development and financing. Through Darryl's leadership and staunch commitment to the company's core values, he has successfully grown the company from its first management agreement in Detroit to 151 properties in 31 states, with current or past ownership interests in the vast majority of these properties. Darryl continues to lead Schulte Hospitality's growth and operates hotels for institutional partners including global private equity firms and publicly traded REITs, as well as its various independent owner and investor groups.
Darryl believes that the relationships he creates and nurtures are the company's most valuable asset. Prior to forming Schulte Hospitality Group, Darryl started his career in hospitality as general manager of various franchised hotels in California, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. He quickly moved from hotel operations to hotel development, becoming a pre-opening, development and construction specialist wherein he worked closely with developers, general contractors, franchisors and financial institutions to ensure timely delivery of a quality finished product.
Darryl's professional achievements include developing, acquiring and financing more than $2.5 billion in real estate transactions, the successful formation and sale of Summit Real Estate Group - a real estate investment company that developed over 4 million square feet of mixed-use space in the greater Chicago area from 2001 to 2006 - and the formation of joint ventures with Starwood Capital Group, which have acquired nearly 70 hotels and is active today in the hotel space. Darryl resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and five beautiful daughters.