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.
Michael Cooney, Regional Director of Operations
Michael Cooney is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. Michael began his career in the industry as a teenage dishwasher in a successful Italian restaurant, working his way through every position in the kitchen and front of the house. He has not strayed outside of the hospitality industry since that very first dishwasher’s job.
Michael graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island, where he continued to work in the restaurant industry while attending classes. He returned to Ohio a year after graduation, continuing his studies at Ohio Dominican College. He has continued to seek out educational opportunities specific to the hospitality industry throughout his career.
Michael has worked in all areas and facets of hotels and food and beverage operations, leading teams as the General Manager of highly successful, upscale restaurants; and, multiple full service hotels across the Marriott, Hilton and IHG brand families. Throughout his career Michael 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.
Michael strongly believes in always "Taking Ownership" and operating every hotel as if he owned it himself. His time as the owner of a successful pub taught him that every detail, every guest interaction, every penny earned and penny spent matters. This level of attention to detail has earned hotels Michael has operated many accolades, including Service Excellence & Quality Excellence awards, and the coveted AAA 4-Diamond rating. Michael has translated his attention to detail and take ownership style into a mantra that he instills in all of his hotel leaders and associates every day.
Michael resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Dana, and their three children, Aidan, Liam and Maeve.
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.
Bhuvan Chhatrapati, Vice President of Finance
Bhuvan Chhatrapati 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. Bhuvan has joined our organization with 17 years of finance experience in various firms in NY and NJ. For the past 5 years, he held a position as Controller, and prior to that he held various other Management positions in accounting and finance. Bhuvan’s financial experience spans across various industries, included but not limited to Advertising, Cash Management and Technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.
Paul Fick, 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 Cucciniello, 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.