GF Management Hires Hospitality Veteran, John Rubino, as Executive Vice President of Operations

GF Management announced the appointment of hospitality industry veteran John Rubino as Executive Vice President of Operations, adding another highly experienced executive to its leadership team.

Mr. Rubino brings over 35 years of experience, holding various industry positions including Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Operations, Regional Director of Operations, Area Manager, and General Manager, throughout his career. Prior to joining GF, Mr. Rubino directly oversaw a hotel portfolio valued at over $6.8B, comprised of over 300 nationally branded hotels. Well versed in culture cultivation and associate engagement, his nationwide team consisted of roughly 15,000 associates. He has opened more than 50 nationally branded hotels, transitioned over 300 hotels into one of the world’s largest third-party hotel management companies, assisted and directed hotels struggling with financial performance and meeting brands’ guest service standards.

Mr. Rubino served as Adjunct Faculty Member in Travel & Tourism, instructing students in Dining Room Management and Front Office Management for 8 years. He has also authored course books in Hotel Management for national educational organizations. He has participated in and holds seats on many influential councils and boards throughout the industry. Some notable seats include: New York City Hotel Association and President of Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, along with internal company representation on the Affordable Care Act Committee, Chair of General Manager Advisory Council, Committee Member of the General Manager on-boarding program, and editor of “Eye on Service” newsletter.

“John has the leadership experience and a proven track record in focusing on long-term third-party management assets, which is exactly what we need to focus on our continued growth,” said Ken Kochenour, President & CEO, GF Management. “The addition of John to our executive team will allow us to aggressively grow our managed division while we continue to further expand our owned properties.”

Mr. Rubino holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University’s School of Hospitality and Management.