Chairman of the Board of Guests Inc.
Managing Member of Gateway Partnerships & Companies
Keith D. Stephens is the Managing Member of Gateway Partnerships & Companies and the Chairman of the Board of Guests, Inc. He has extensive experience in the development, acquisition, financing, operations and sale of hotels.
Stephens, a lifetime resident of Virginia, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Virginia Tech in 1988. From 1988 to 1989 he was employed by Calvert Management Company as a Regional Director of Marketing.
Stephens was the first employee of Guests, Inc. and the Gateway Partnerships family when Guests began to manage hotels in April, 1989. Between 1989 and 1995 he served as the Director of Marketing and had responsibility for creating and implementing yield maintenance strategies and techniques, and for hiring and supervising all personnel that were involved in corporate sales and marketing. He developed and implemented numerous successful sales and marketing programs. In 1995 he was appointed the Executive Director of the Gateway Partnerships and Companies. In 2005, he acquired the controlling interest in Gateway Partnerships and Guests, Inc.
Over the course of his career, Stephens has been involved in obtaining mortgage financing for numerous Gateway properties and is thoroughly familiar with all types and varieties of lenders, loans, market trends and similar factors affecting hotel mortgage loans. Under the Gateway Partnership umbrella, he has led the acquisition and disposition of multiple properties and currently owns the controlling interest of nine of the hotels in the Guests, Inc. portfolio.
Stephens has served on numerous Boards and Committees of community and industry organizations. He and his wife chair the Executive Committee of the Shenandoah County Chapter of Young Life and have served on other local boards including the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, the Community Christian School, and the National Marketing Committee of the Choice Hotels Owner’s Council.