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Director of Development

Rich Chism leads the Innisfree Hotel’s Development Department.  He oversees planning, design, financial feasibility, entitlements, and construction as well as coordinates the activities of professionals such as architects, engineers, attorneys, contractors, lenders, real estate agents, property managers, vendors, franchisors and government officials.

Mr. Chism worked as manager with two commercial real estate development companies prior to joining Innisfree in 2008.  Since joining Innisfree his development team has successfully constructed two Gulf front resorts including a 206 room Holiday Inn Resort, Pensacola Beach, Florida and a 160 room Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach, Alabama.  He recently completed an eleven acre development at the Pensacola International Airport that includes a 127 room Hyatt Place Hotel with plans for retail, restaurant and office spaces.  

Under his leadership the development team completed the fast track construction of the popular Red Fish Blue Fish restaurant on Pensacola Beach and opened a 152 room Holiday Inn Resort on Fort Walton Beach in April, 2014.

Rich served in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator for 11 years after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in 1989. He then went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business.