David Robert, CHA

David Robert, CHA

David Robert, CHA
Managing Member & CEO

David Robert, CHAAs co-founder and principal of Midas Hospitality, David serves as the Development Director. He has over 25 years of hospitality experience and has previously held management positions with Intercontinental Hotel Group, Impac Hotels, MidAmerica Hotels and Hospitality Management Associates Hotels.

With David’s guidance, Midas Hospitality has developed, built, opened and ramped up numerous properties in the last four years including Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites. He manages the pre-opening process for all of Midas’ new projects.

David serves on the Board of Commissioners for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which is responsible for the hotel marketing of the greater St. Louis area, and manages America’s Center Convention facility and the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. David is the President of the South County Economic Development Corporation which is a non-profit organization promoting new business development in the St. Louis South County area. He serves on the Candlewood Suites Committee of the International Association of Holiday Inn’s Owners Association. He is also the past president of the St. Louis South County Chamber of Commerce.

Managing Member & CEO

J.T. Norville, CPA

J.T. Norville, CPA
Co-Founder and Managing Member

J.T. Norville

Mr. Norville co-founded Midas Hospitality, LLC with David Robert in 2006 at the age of 29. Midas has grown 1,626 percent since its inception and has 35 hotels in 14 states in its portfolio. The Company has grown from J.T.’s basement to over 900 associates. J.T. led the growth of the Company with the capitalization of over $400MM of hotel acquisitions and developments. Under Mr. Norville & Robert’s leadership, Midas has completed 19 hotel developments in 6 different states. J.T. has also completed 15 SEC 506 Regulation D offerings at Midas. J.T. launched the Legacy Suites brand at Midas and developed 3 hotels. The Legacy Suites brand and portfolio was successfully sold to a national extended-stay brand. Mr. Norville launched Midas Capital and this company manages Midas Hotel Fund which is a $100MM alternative real estate investment vehicle that will have 10-15 hotels in its portfolio. J.T. co-founded MC Hotel Construction with David Robert in 2010 and the Company has grown to a $60MM general contractor since its formation.
Prior to co-founding Midas, Mr. Norville served as the CFO for Hospitality Management Associates for 3 years where he was responsible for overseeing all financial functions for the Company. Hospitality Management Associates had a portfolio of 13 hotels at the time of his departure.
Preceding his work in the hospitality industry, Mr. Norville spent over 5 years in public accounting with Humes & Barrington, PC, which was a mid-sized firm focusing on privately held businesses. At Humes & Barrington PC, J.T. focused on clients in the real estate and construction industry and promoted to Manager at the firm preceding his departure.
Mr. Norville started his career with Emerson Electric in the internal audit department. J.T. was part of audit teams that travelled the United States performing internal audits on all of Emerson’s owned companies.
Mr. Norville received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from The University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.
J.T. has been a member of YPO since 2012 and has served on the YPO Saint Louis Gateway chapter since 2012. J.T. also has served as the Leadership Chair of Zion Lutheran School since 2014.
J.T. grew up on a farm in central Illinois where him and his Father managed 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat and raised livestock. His Father still manages the family farm today. J.T. met Maria, his high school sweet heart, in Illinois and they have been married 18 years and live in St. Charles, MO with their three beautiful girls (Grace, Lucy & Olive).

Co-Founder and Managing Member

Jim Brueggemann, CPA

Jim Brueggemann, CPA
Vice President of Finance

Jim Brueggemann, CPA

Jim Brueggemann joined Midas Hospitality with over 18 years of accounting and finance experience. As Vice President of Finance, he is responsible for managing the corporate accounting office of the Company including the delivery of accurate and timely financial analysis.

Jim graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a BSBA in Accounting and began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP. He has spent the majority of his career working in real estate construction/development and property management. As CFO for MLP Companies, Jim led an accounting department that was responsible for the management of 11 apartment complexes across the Midwest.

In his previous roles, Jim has gained experience in financial statement preparation, cash flow management, project financing, insurance and risk management, budgeting and projections, and tax return preparation. A proven leader, Jim is known for his ability to build effective and productive working relationships with the members of his financial team and throughout all levels of an organization. Jim has built his accounting career on a foundation of integrity, sharp financial analysis, and customer service.

CFO

Marc Connor

Marc Connor
Chief Experience Officer

Marc Connor

Marc Connor has more than 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with innovation, organization, marketing and strategy. Prior to joining the Midas organization, he held senior positions with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the global advertising agency POSSIBLE. Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Chief Experience Officer

Linda Emmenegger

Linda Emmenegger

Linda Emmenegger
Vice President of Operations

Linda Emmenegger

Linda Emmenegger is a 30+ year hotel executive who has extensive knowledge in the development and management of ground-up hotel and residential mixed-unit properties. Her passion about this business is a family tradition; she spent most of her career in the family business, Breckenridge Hotels, a Midwestern hotel company that developed and managed over 40 hotel properties. Emmenegger held the position of Corporate Director of Operations for Breckenridge prior to taking over as Managing Member in late 2005.

Emmenegger held every management position in the industry prior to becoming Corporate Director of Operations. Her operational knowledge is enhanced by working with several brands, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Doubletree, Breckenridge, Sheraton and Westin. Additionally Emmenegger’s expertise includes Country Club Management and Development. Linda was on the pre-opening and development team of the Country Club at the Legends, a 27-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, where she also held the position of General Manager. The Legends was one of the first corporately-owned, full- service country clubs in Missouri. The development also included 500 Residential home sites.

Linda is extremely detail-oriented, a superb decision-maker, and a motivator who ensures the commitment of her staff by holding herself to the same standards she expects of them. These talents have allowed her great success in overseeing the performance of multiple properties including several new-build openings. Ms. Emmenegger’s success and expertise in development started with a historic rehabilitation new-build project, one of the first in the area to combine Hotel and Residential Units. The project funding sources included State and Federal Tax Credit funding which covered over 40% of the cost of the project.

With a depth of knowledge in operations and development Emmenegger found a natural progression into Asset Management, strategic planning and financial analysis. Her experience working with appraisal firms, lenders and loan servicers has educated Emmenegger in the art of refinance and debt reduction. In 2007, with strong ties and relationships in the St. Louis market, Emmenegger became an independent hotel consultant, assisting local real estate developers with hospitality projects.

In 2010, with the changes in the hotel development market, Emmenegger went back to her operational roots by becoming the General Manager of the Holiday Inn South County Center, a Prism-managed property, and assisted the lender in marketing and selling the property. Following the same operational path, in mid-2012 she became the General Manager of the 300-room St. Louis Marriott West, a TPG-managed property.

Ms. Emmenegger earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Denver with a major in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Her start in the industry was with Marriott Hotels and following Marriott, Emmenegger moved to her home town of St. Louis where she now resides.

Vice President of Operations

Donna Price

Donna Price

Donna Price
Vice President of Human Resources

Donna Price

Donna Price joined Midas Hospitality with over 15 years of professional Human Resources experience in the hospitality industry. Working for Lodgian, Inc. as an Area HR Manager, Donna provided hands-on human resources guidance to general managers and department heads.

In her previous role as Corporate Director of HR for Hospitality Management Associates, Donna led the human resources efforts for more than 15 locations, with experience in assessing, developing and implementing HR practices and procedures at all levels. With multi-state experience in payroll, benefits, and compliance, her expertise and in-depth knowledge provide leadership and support in all components of human resources.

Donna graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and is a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

Vice President of Human
Resources

Linda Emmenegger

Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle
Vice President of Development

Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle joined Midas Hospitality as a General Manager in April, 2011. Chris has more than 15 years experience in Hospitality, holding leadership roles including Casino Rooms Division, Food & Beverage Operations, General Manager, Area Director of Operations, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage and most recently Corporate Director of Information Technology. Chris has previously held positions with Penn National Gaming, Davidson Hotels and Sage Hospitality. Chris’ proven leadership with Midas Hospitality has been instrumental in achieving desired results at each hotel.

Chris is now responsible for managing the day to day operations and of the Midas Development team with a focus on the New Hotel and Acquisition Pipeline as well as the Renovation Life Cycle. With Chris’ oversight, the Midas Development team has a hospitality driven focus on Project Planning, Procurement, Interior Design & Architecture, Scheduling, Budget Management and Project Execution.

Vice President of Development

Amy French

Amy French

Amy French
Corporate/Central Director of Sales

Amy French

Amy French joined Midas Hospitality in April, 2012 as Area Director of Sales for the St. Louis, MO market. Amy has more than 25 Years of Sales Experience in the St. Louis market in various Sales Leadership positions. Most recently, Amy was the Director of Sales at the Holiday Inn – South County / St. Louis.

Amy now serves as the Corporate/Central Director of Sales for Midas Hospitality overseeing the Sales Efforts in Midas Hospitality’s St. Louis, MO and Paducah, KY hotels. Amy’s efforts in her previous position as Area Director of Sales resulted in Tremendous Success at her properties where she provided a Direct Sales effort. Amy also oversees Company-Wide Sales Initiatives and Property/Area Directors of Sales in her respective Markets.

Corporate/Central Director of Sales

Lucinda Fryman
Lucinda Fryman

Lucinda Fryman
Corporate/Central Director of Revenue Management

Lucinda Fryman

Lucinda Fryman joined Midas Hospitality with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. For the past 14 years, Lucinda has worked with Hilton Hotels where various responsibilities have provided extensive industry knowledge. With Hilton, her main focus was revenue management. Lucinda was responsible for the revenue strategies for a Doubletree Hotel in Dallas, before moving to St. Louis where she managed strategies for two hotels. While in Dallas, she was also the Revenue Management coordinator for ten Hilton hotels throughout the Dallas area.

Prior work experience included serving as General Manager at a Fairfield Inn and a Hampton Inn. She then supervised the opening of hotels involving various brands throughout the Midwest and Texas. Subsequently, she served in an Area Director capacity for many of these same hotels.

Lucinda graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.

Corporate/Central Director of Revenue Management