John Logsdon, Regional Director of Operations
John Logsdon is a 23-year veteran of the hospitality industry. After serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, John began his career as a Bellman in a full-service Sheraton hotel and never looked back.
Throughout his career, John has worked in all areas and facets of hotels and food and beverage operations, leading teams as the Food and Beverage Director as well as General Manager of several full service hotels and upscale Food and Beverage properties. Throughout his career John has managed teams through many renovations, PIP projects, new builds and conversions, and he understands the needs of the guests as well as the needs of the staff throughout those sometimes challenging transition periods. John strongly believes in always "Raising the Bar" and never being satisfied with your accomplishments of yesterday. A mantra that he instills in all of his staff members and associates every day.
John resides in Green, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their two great kids Sophia and Jack.
Kelly Pakenham, Human Resource Manager
Kelly Pakenham is the Human Resources Manager at Matrix Personnel Solutions, Inc. Her experience includes over 12 years in Human Resources with emphasis in Talent Management, Employee Relations, Legal Compliance, Benefits/Compensation, and Training. Kelly has held generalist and manager roles at organizations in the following industries: medical device, government contracting and medical marketing communications. She has managed projects such as implementing systems payroll, employee time management, document flow, and benefit conversions.
Michael Fox, Vice President of Finance
Mike Fox is the Vice President, Finance for RUKH Development and is responsible for the financial operations and reporting of all the entities owned and operated by RUKH Development. Mike has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries. He has held senior management positions in construction and bioscience companies. Mike received his MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management and is a certified public accountant.
Paul Flick, Construction Director
Paul Fick was first introduced to construction and building maintenance at a young age of seven by helping his father finish concrete. That's when his passion of construction and development was born. His love and knowledge grew when he started helping a residential home builder and apprentice for a plumber and an electrician. Using this knowledge, he and his father, opened PD& L Contracting, which employed several full-time employees, and averaged two new construction properties per year and many additions and renovations. PD & L's focus was customer satisfaction and quality for a fair price. Paul was directly responsible for all day-to-day operations and employees.
From there, Paul joined an electrical contractor to resume the trade and challenge himself while receiving his electrician license and becoming lead electrician at several different locations.
Always looking for a new challenge, he went back to general contracting with Windsor Construction and was placed as a superintendent and worked on several different properties, which included Extended Stay America, Bethlehem, Centenary College Dormitory and Comfort Suites in Somerset where he met and developed a rapport with owner Rupen Patel.
Since then, Paul has been a part of the RUKH team and considers it as a new and exciting challenge.
Catherine Baumgartner, Purchasing Manager
Catherine has been the purchasing manager since 2008 at Radius Hospitality and RUKH Development. She developed a passion for the hospitality industry while working for a wedding planner during high school. Catherine furthered her quest by graduating from The County College of Morris with a degree in Hospitality Management. Catherine was realizing her talents as a leader and was promoted to a food and beverage manager for a hotel while attending college. Catherine joined the sales department at the Imperia and worked closely with clients and staff to execute events and became a quick study in the art of negotiations. She was promoted to the corporate office as purchasing manager for Radius Hospitality and RUKH Development.
She has been instrumental in saving significant dollars companywide while improving product quality across multiple businesses. Her expertise entails negotiating pricing contracts, property conversions, development, interior and exterior property purchasing. She has implemented GPO companies, manages web based purchasing systems utilized at each property, and has developed several new streamlined procedures for effectiveness and efficiencies. Catherine is enthusiastic about approaching every challenge head on with determination.