With the guiding mantra of “beautiful design is good business,” Roger co-founded The Gettys Group Companies with Andrew Fay in 1988. He now leads the development strategy and analysis for this award-winning and influential global hospitality design, procurement, branding and consulting firm.
A true hospitality visionary, Roger’s vision and forward-thinking approach has grown The Gettys Group Companies into a global company with six offices in the U.S., Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He frequently shares his industry insights on the redevelopment, renovation and repositioning of hotels for various publications and organizations.
A graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Roger’s vast knowledge, combined with his civic work with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the International Society for Hospitality Consultants and the White House Conference Delegate for Small Business, has earned him Hospitality Design Magazine’s prestigious Platinum Circle Award, an honor widely recognized for praising exceptional achievement in the hospitality design industry.
An Australian native who now proudly calls Chicago home, Andrew is the President and Founding Partner of The Gettys Group Companies, where he has spearheaded nearly three decades of growth for this groundbreaking and award-winning global hospitality interior design, consulting, branding and procurement firm.
By leveraging Andrew’s diverse background in design, hotel operations, real estate finance and branding, The Gettys Group Companies has established a worldwide reputation for having an innovative and creative approach to the hotel design and development process. The firm has also earned rankings among the top global hospitality design and procurement firms while completing several hundred hospitality projects throughout the world.
An honors graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Andrew is a noted industry speaker who is frequently engaged to share his expertise and insight about the hospitality industry, business strategy and global trends. He is also active with a number of civic groups in his adopted hometown of Chicago.
As Chief Development Officer, Jerry is responsible for implementing strategic goals to grow the firm’s real estate portfolio by creating capacity for innovative, efficient and effective development projects. He is focused on sourcing real estate investments, developing plans to pursue the selected strategic investment initiatives, creating and maintaining an effective acquisition team and managing the people, programs, processes, and analysis of acquiring real estate, recommending and executing financing programs for the existing portfolio, assisting in sourcing debt capital to support the activities of the real estate portfolio and overseeing the operations of the real estate portfolio.
With over 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Jerry has a broad knowledge of hotel operations, program management, procurement management, design implementation and development. During his 25+ years at The Gettys Group Companies, Jerry has held positions from Project Manager to Chief Operating Officer and has been responsible for overseeing, developing and setting the direction for the Gettys teams, leading projects worth billions of dollars, across the globe.
Jerry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Illinois State University.
An accomplished professional with almost two decades experience in private industry and public accounting, Brad is The Gettys Group Companies’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role as well as his position on the Advisory Board, Brad is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to position The Gettys Group Companies to achieve its strategic growth objectives.
Prior to joining The Gettys Group Companies, Brad worked as the Controller for Interra Development Partners, a commercial developer based in Chicago and joint venture partner with Prudential Real Estate Investors. He was also a Senior Auditor for the Chicago Real Estate Group of Ernst & Young LLP.
Brad is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is an adjunct professor of managerial accounting at the Keller Graduate School of Management. He received his Master of Accountancy from Miami University of Ohio.
From crunching numbers to hitting all the right notes, Brad once sang on stage with John Mellencamp.
With a passion for pioneering innovative approaches to hospitality design, Ron identifies new strategic growth initiatives for The Gettys Group Companies family of companies. A collaborative and an innovative thinker, Ron has shaped hundreds of hotels, resorts and brand initiatives over more than three decades with us.
In 2003, Ron was key in establishing the Hotel of Tomorrow® Project, an industry-leading think tank that brought together more than 100 companies to envision the future of hospitality. He is currently leading a new phase of this project, aimed at addressing the new needs that have arisen for hospitality in 2020. His vision also led to the founding of Gettys ONE—our interior design group dedicated to branded hotels—and our branding group—where he led brand creation and strategic thinking projects for boutique properties, large industry events and international brands.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted in numerous publications for his hospitality, design and branding insights. Ron received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He is affiliated with the Hospitality Advisory Council at DePaul University, School of Hospitality Leadership. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France; EM Lyon in Paris; Haaga Helia University in Helsinki, Finland; and Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.
Chris McDonough, AIA
With his long and diverse background in hospitality, food & beverage, retail, multifamily and custom residential spanning more than 25 years, Chris has always centered his design approach around true collaboration with all key stakeholders on his projects. His ability to see all aspects of the project process as both an accomplished interior designer as well as a licensed architect — from business development to establishing scope to setting expectations — allows Chris to gain consensus and guide his dynamic team in creating award-winning projects around the world that are beautiful, functional and fiscally successful. A natural teacher, he takes great satisfaction in seeing his team members learn and grow through his hands-on approach and mentorship.
Chris leverages this experience and emphasis on partnership, hospitality and developing the story of spaces to lead Gettys Interiors and Gettys ONE. His team-first leadership philosophy builds a culture of trust for his staff, clients and the end user — the guest.
McDonough has worked on such high-profile projects as the Tribune Tower Residences and the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, The Rand Tower Hotel in Minneapolis (a Marriott Tribute), the Hyatt Regency in Portland, the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood in Los Angeles, and the AGC Rotana & Rayhaan in Dubai, UAE.
Growing up and working in the Chicago area, Chris received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA); Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
For the past 15 years, Molly has worked all over the globe leading business development initiatives within North and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific
Affectionately nicknamed “the linker” because she bounces around so frequently, Molly defines her role as the dot connector—the bridge between the business and creative sides of the business. She proudly wears many hats—preparing presentations, getting to know people and putting the right players together—all to ensure that every project has a smooth and successful execution. She is the face of the firm’s business development efforts, maintaining and continuing to grow it, and building strategic partnerships.
A risk-taker, adventurer and boundary pusher whose biggest fear is being uninspired, Molly believes that having a bit of a colorful personality has the power to open doors.
Director Dave Li’s solution-driven attitude and his strong organizational skills make him a natural leader. He is committed to international best practices, guiding our Manila studio to provide exceptional design and technical support for our global interior design teams.
Before returning to the Philippines and joining The Gettys Group Companies, Dave previously resided in Singapore, where he contributed to international projects with DP Group Interiors and Hirsch Bedner Associates. His extensive project experience includes serviced residences and hotel developments for various international hotel brands in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Dave holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in architecture from the University of Santo Tomas. He is a certified as a Licensed Architect in the Republic of the Philippines.
Kara Orth oversees the interior design direction for the fast-paced, brand-standard projects of our Gettys ONE team. She leverages her expertise in brands like Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott to creatively meet each property’s unique needs while satisfying brand requirements.
Hailing from Park Ridge, Illinois, Kara holds a degree in interior and environmental design from the CIDA-accredited program at Illinois State University where she also minored in business administration.
During her downtime, Kara enjoys taking advantage of good weather to get active outdoors, unwinding by whipping up a batch of cookies or spending some quality time with her corgi, Cheddar.
As a Senior Director for Gettys Interiors, Ryan’s responsibilities include leading other design team members though project design development and management, client presentations and correspondence, drawing documentation, coordination and quality control, FF&E specifications, and construction administration. From concept through completion, Ryan develops thoughtful concepts and unique solutions that create an elevated experience for guests and ensure the overall success of our client’s project vision.
Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His extensive training and background allow him to skillfully develop concepts that carry through in design statements, details, and elevated incorporation of art that successfully reinforce storytelling through design. His dedication to efficient project management and creative problem solving is an invaluable asset to his team and to his client’s projects.
As a Director with Gettys Interiors, Matt delivers beautiful environments for our hospitality clients, managing the project process from concept to completion with attentive client service and commitment to great design. A skilled graphic artist, he delights in his ability to translate the conceptual to the tangible, allowing our clients to experience a space before it’s built through robust renderings and virtual and augmented reality tools.
A design enthusiast from an early age and an avid traveler, he draws inspiration from his journeys around the globe, as well as the iconic design found throughout his current hometown of Chicago. This international influence can be found in his work on projects such as the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, The Farnam in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island.
As Senior Director of Populate Procurement, Anne is responsible for project management, nurturing client relationships and mentorship of the team.
Anne earned a Bachelor’s in Economics from The University of Chicago. A seasoned hospitality veteran, Anne came to The Gettys Group Companies from Hyatt Corporation over seven years ago. Her experience in that position in addition to her work as a Capital/Operational Purchasing Coordinator, have made her well-versed in collaborating with hotel management on pricing for capital and FF&E items, analyzing hotel spend against capital budgets and assisting with marketing, food and beverage and brand standards projects.
Anne is currently Chapter President of NEWH’s Chicago chapter – leading a team focused on scholarship, education and networking in the hospitality industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Chris, and creating a loving environment for their many foster dogs, whom they help prepare to find their forever homes.
A passion for hospitality and the desire to help build communities and meaningfully invest in people has guided Jessica’s career path and led her to The Gettys Group Companies, where she serves as Account Director of Gettys Branding. She applies her distinctive skill set acquired over more than a decade in healthcare marketing and digital media management to this business-critical leadership role.
Her traditional agency background grounds Jessica’s client management approach in strategy, process implementation, and the ability to translate customer needs into creative deliverables. In addition, Jessica’s experience working with a hospitality training nonprofit as well as her consultancy with Hospitality of the Future Think Tank, a global consortium of business leaders dedicated to ensuring the sustainable development of the hospitality industry, give her a unique, 360-degree perspective on the scope of Gettys projects.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications, Advertising and Public Relations from Towson University. After residing in both Costa Rica and Panama, she now lives in Philadelphia in a home she renovated, enjoys traveling, meeting new and interesting people, and hiking with her dog.
With more than 15 years of experience in retail, residential, and hotel development, Damir analyzes development opportunities with a focus on architecture, project and construction management, and hotel feasibility. Prior to joining RDP, Damir worked for a large hospitality brokerage, operations and ownership firm where he gained experience in all aspects of hotel development. His multi-faceted background and strengths on both the creative and analytical sides of the business provide him with a uniquely holistic approach to problem solving. Damir has overseen the design and implementation of more than 130 retail, department and grocery stores; and has designed, project-managed and directed procurement for the renovations of several hotels in USA and Canada.
The father of two young children, Damir is a soccer fanatic and coffee connoisseur who enjoys traveling, especially to his homeland in Balkans. He was born in Mostar, Yugoslavia and, attended schools in Slovenia, as well as Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Mark is an established IT professional and now the Senior Director of Technology & Operations at The Gettys Group Companies. With a keen eye for integrating technological advancements with operations management, Mark directs the technological innovation and operational streamlining of the firm’s global operations.
Drawing from his rich experience of over two decades in the IT industry and a previous stint with a general contractor, Mark brings a unique perspective to the operational execution and technological needs of designing and constructing commercial buildings.
Mark is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, VMware Certified Professional, and Cisco Certified Network Associate. His distinguished career at The Gettys Group Companies includes pivotal contributions such as the implementation of the Citrix XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Office 365 migration, and a global file sharing system. This system has significantly improved collaboration across the firm’s multiple locations.
In his current role, Mark is leading the charge in the firm’s burgeoning Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality initiatives, a testament to his forward-thinking approach. He leverages his extensive technological knowledge and trainer experience to enhance operational efficiency across all levels of the organization. This has led to more streamlined processes, cost reductions, and improved productivity, proving instrumental in the firm’s growth.
Outside of his professional role, Mark’s passions lie in knowledge sharing across a range of topics, cooking, and engaging in a good game of basketball. He believes that his commitment to continual learning and improvement transcends the workplace, applying to all areas of life.
Our leadership brings a depth of experience across hotel management, real estate development, finance, and design disciplines. From seasoned professionals to emerging talents, our team comes from a variety of backgrounds; it’s these diverse perspectives that drive our work.
We measure ourselves successful when our differentiated environments become can’t-miss destinations; when we’ve unlocked new value for our clients by developing creative, new revenue streams; when guest satisfaction ratings show that a memorable experience goes hand-in-hand with a great bottom line.
But more than anything, we value making people feel great—our dedicated clients, our talented teams and the guests who stay at our properties.