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 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.
Jed leads the operations for the LinGate portfolio. He focuses on profitability through revenue management and expense control, adherence to brand standards, asset maintenance, and guest satisfaction. His emphasis on efficiency and constant operational improvement keeps the LinGate managed hotels moving in a positive direction. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Psychology and Management from the University of Virginia.
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.
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 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 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.