It’s hard to imagine the st. luis resort industry thriving without the work of a couple of guys in their 30s.
Their company Nemacolin, a full-service hotel management and catering company, has been in business since 2008 and is the company behind the likes of The Grove and The Luxor, the two most luxurious hotels in the country.
The company is a pioneer in the st louis industry and has taken a significant step forward since the recession.
“We’ve always been looking for opportunities to expand our footprint and grow,” said Andrew R. Johnson, Nemaclin’s CEO and co-founder.
“As the industry grows, it’s great to be part of it.”
Nemaclins management team of five people makes it a pretty good fit for the St. Louis market, Johnson said, with a wide range of positions ranging from hospitality to operations to retail.
The team has helped to launch St.
Louis’s largest hotel chain, The Grove, which operates on a shoestring budget, Johnson added.
The Grove was founded in the early 2000s by Johnson, who is also the founder of a local franchise company, The Lodge, that specializes in upscale hotels.
The Lodges business model is different from the Grove’s, where Johnson owns a majority stake.
The Lodge franchisees charge a percentage of the gross revenue earned by the company.
The revenue streams are then split 50-50 between Johnson and the Lodges owners.
Johnson said that since the company started, it has been able to invest in new properties that are built around the Lodgers brand, and that’s what helped make The Grove so successful.
“It was a huge step forward for us,” Johnson said.
“Our company has grown from a small operation into a major hotel company, which is an incredible accomplishment.”
The Grove is now one of the most successful hotels in St. Charles, according to Johnson, and it’s hard not to see Nemacino as a leader in the St Louis market.
“I think Nemacinos success is largely due to its excellent management and talent,” Johnson added, adding that the company has been working with many local businesses to bring their brands to the Grove.
“Their business is so well managed that I believe it’s very hard for an outside entity to make a significant dent in it.”
The Lodgers franchise, Johnson explained, has become a “huge success story,” but they aren’t the only ones.
“They’ve made it their goal to build out and expand their brand,” he said.
Nemacins current owners are trying to make sure that their brand is seen as the next big thing in the industry, and they’ve partnered with local business owners to bring a variety of hotels and services to the area.
Johnson also said that he and his team have been actively recruiting local talent to help build out the business and improve the quality of their offerings.
“This is a business where the management is phenomenal, so we’re looking to add more quality people to the team,” Johnson continued.
Nemacs management team is now working to build an online booking system and will be opening a hotel reservation service in early 2017.
Johnson believes that the success of the Grove and the success and expansion of Nemacina are both tied to a growing tourism industry in St Louis, and he believes that Nemacinas success is a direct result of his company’s management and service offerings.
Johnson was also a part of the team that brought the St Joseph’s Lodge to St. Clair County in 2012.
The lodge opened in late 2013, and now operates out of the historic St. Joseph’s Church in St Clair City.
Johnson noted that Nemacs success is also a direct reflection of the hospitality and services offered by his company.
“If you look at what we do, we do a lot of things that we think are really good for the business,” Johnson explained.
“When we do something like that, people come here for that experience.”
Nemacs hospitality offerings are already well-known in the local St. Cloud community, with the company currently serving as the primary provider of lodging and services at the popular St. John’s University campus in the community.
Nemacia is one of three local hotels operating in the region, with two in the metro area.
In addition to the St John’s Lodge, Nemacia also operates in St Cloud, St. Paul and Duluth.
Johnson described the company as being focused on “great experiences and quality.”
Nemacia has also developed its own suite of suites that include a private beach, pool, spa and a fitness center.
Johnson added that Nemacia will continue to develop additional properties to help fill the needs of the community, and said that the growth of the st- louis resort market is important to Nemacinos success.
“A lot of people are looking to St Louis for their next big vacation, and we want to be the ones to help them,” Johnson concluded.
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