Our Team at LinGate

Glenn Higdon


LinGate is headed by its founder, chairman and CEO Glenn D. Higdon. Mr. Higdon, a former certified financial planner, has developed, built and operated nearly 30 hotels since entering the hospitality industry in 1986. He serves as president of all the hotels' general partnerships and is majority owner of both Linmar Hospitality Group and Gateway Lodging, Inc, the two companies that make up LinGate. Mr. Higdon has also developed many other non-hospitality related ventures. Glenn received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University.

Mary Higdon

Interior Design

Mary Higdon heads LinGate’s in-house design firm Crown Design. With over 20 years experience, Mary has a long established reputation for exquisite taste and innovative design excellence. Specializing in hospitality, commercial and high-end residential interior design projects, Mary integrates color, texture, patterns, lighting and architectural features to work seamlessly with efficient, practical function. Mary has created many fresh and inspiring designs with a classic, timeless signature while working with industry-leading hospitality companies like Marriott, Hilton and Intercontinental Hotel Group, as well as many other commercial and residential clients.

Terri Myles

Terri Myles

Finance and Human Resources

Tim Knipp


A former associate of Marriott International, Tim joined LinGate in 1992 as opening general manager of the company’s first Marriott franchise hotel and rose to Director of Hotel Operations in 1995. He is responsible for the daily management of the LinGate portfolio; including P&L, cost control, brand standards, property maintenance, quality assurance programs and guest satisfaction scores. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Morehead State University.

Claude M. Bacon

Administration, Sales, Ecommerce

Claude has held positions in capital development, recruitment, sales, international/diversity communications, and educational leadership. He works directly with hotel sales, e-commerce, and social media, as well as in LinGate’s development, management contracts, and investor relations. Claude received his bachelors and masters degrees from Western Kentucky University in public relations, marketing, and communications.

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Kevin Payne


Kevin brings over 25 years of experience in the technology field, having worked in the banking, retail, and education industries. Kevin oversees corporate technology and acts as the technical liaison with its hotel franchise partners. He has been a member of the LinGate team since 2012. Kevin is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

Chris McCarthy

Construction and Maintenance

Mr. McCarthy brings 22 years of construction experience to LinGate. He has directed various types of projects to include banks, schools, churches, aluminum plants, highways and hotels. Chris’ previous positions served multiple levels as skilled tradesman, foreman, and supervisor to include a vast array of trades. In addition to construction, Chris leads contractor solicitation, awarding bids, tracking costs, and ensuring quality for LinGate. Mr. McCarthy has been recognized for his duties by multiple owners and operators.

Josh Higdon

Financial Analyst, Hotel Support Specialist

Josh started at LinGate Corporate after serving multiple hotels in various positions: Assistant General Manager, front desk, hotel support. Currently, he prepares and analyzes current and new build hotel financial information, tracks new ecommerce opportunities, assists in new hotel openings, and monitors the hotel’s daily performance. Josh received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Western Kentucky University.

Alex Higdon

Quality Control, Administration

Alex joined LinGate Corporate after serving multiple hotels in various positions: front desk, laundry, housekeeping, breakfast attendant, night audit, and bartender. At corporate, he evaluates the hotel’s daily performance, guest satisfaction, new project pro formas. Alex implements the quality control assurance programs and develops the execution of each plan with the hotel general manager. Alex received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sociology-Criminology from Western Kentucky University.