Who We Are
About the Company

our passion

Lincoln Hotel Group was founded in 1998 so John and Tami Klimpel could build a company that reflected their values. We strive to create a culture our team members thrive in, our guests remember and our owners trust. LHG provides the local knowledge we believe necessary to achieve our mission of providing superior hotel guest experience, financial performance and growth opportunities for our employees, at each of our managed properties as well as internally. It is an industry we love and therefore rarely feels like work.

John and Tami’s vision when LHG was formed over 30 years ago has not wavered.

As we continue to grow our business our vision remains at the core of our mission: to establish a culture which clearly defines the goals, values, expectations and attitudes that everyone in our company truly believes in. We have identified market leaders to join our team in order to meet our mission objectives and better serve our guests.

corporate management team

  • John E. Klimpel

  • Tami A. Klimpel

  • Richard Gosnell

  • Roland Morgan

  • Robb Shull

  • Lucas Arias

  • Joe Kotopka

  • Steve Young

  • Megan Hartmann

  • Melanie Thompson

  • Carrie Fleck

John E. Klimpel

Director of Development

John Klimpel has 45 active years in the Hospitality and Food and Beverage Industry. Starting out as a busboy in St.Louis then a Food and Beverage Manager, he learned all aspects of the industry. His growing passion and work ethic brought him to Lincoln, NE, where he was given the opportunity to run a full service hotel. In 1998 John and Tami purchased their first hotel, founding Lincoln Hotel Group in the process. Since then, John has overseen the full development of over 35 hotels.

Though Lincoln Hotel group has continued to grow and change, John Klimpel’s selfless attitude remains true today. He doesn’t hesitate to pick up a broom in the lobby or help serve food in the kitchen. His strong work ethic and loyalty are the driving force to Lincoln Hotel Group’s continued success. John is always looking for opportunities to expand Lincoln Hotel Group and is looking forward to the bright future surrounding the company he and his wife have built.

John Klimpel has 5 kids that he loves dearly and constantly supports in everything that they do. He loves getting to know his employees, traveling and of course the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tami A. Klimpel


Tami A. Klimpel has more than 25 years experience in the hotel industry. She began her career at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1998 John and Tami purchased their first hotel in which Tami was the General Manager. In that capacity, she gained a keen sense of the importance of the hotel’s employees and delivering a satisfactory experience to each of the hotel’s guests. In recent years, Tami has been the Human Resource Consultant and Training Advocate for several hotels owned and managed by Lincoln Hotel Group. She believes that “if you take care of your employees, they will take care of your guests, which will in turn create revenue for investors.” This mentality is key to the continued success that John and Tami have witnessed over the years. Tami currently serves as Lincoln Hotel Group’s President, CEO, ensuring that every aspect of our process runs smoothly.

Tami is the mother of three boys, a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force and two crazy twin boys. She enjoys baseball, traveling, a fun girls trip and a good sale.

Richard Gosnell

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Gosnell, a retired certified public accountant, has 40 years’ experience in the financial and accounting profession. His career includes 9 years accounting, audit and consulting experience with Deloitte Touché, an international accounting firm; 10 years as Chief Financial Officer for two publicly held manufacturing and technology businesses and 16 years consulting experience in the Technology, Food Manufacturing, Real Estate Industries, and more recently, the Hotel Industry. Mr. Gosnell began consulting for the Klimpel owned and managed hotels in 2002, assisting with accounting, finance and development activities for a number of hotel projects. Mr. Gosnell currently serves as LHG’s Chief Financial Officer, where his focus is on financial performance of each hotel property under management, as well as development activities for new hotel properties.

Roland Morgan

Director of Operations

Roland started with Lincoln Hotel Group in October of 1999. Starting out as a part-time desk clerk at the Holiday Inn South County Center in St. Louis, MO, he fell in love with the industry and quickly moved up the ranks and began managing hotels for the group 2 years into his career. With his versatility and ability to adapt, Roland has become our go-to to help with renovations, acquisitions, and new builds. He has opened Cendant, Marriott, IHG, and Hilton hotels on our behalf and has stepped in and managed/oversaw the operations of nearly 20 different hotels over the years. He has laid the foundation for award winning hotels and has always been able to provide a strong return for our investors. As Lincoln Hotel Group’s portfolio grew, Roland was the right pick to oversee the operations of our hotels. In May of 2015, Roland became the Director of Operations for the group and has strived to continue our success to be leaders in each of our markets and amongst our brands. Loyalty, trust, commitment, this is what we are about, and this is what Roland is to us. Roland is a family man who loves watching his kids play sports, the outdoors, and has slowly become a fan of Husker football.

Robb Shull

Director of Sales and Marketing

It does not take long to realize Robb’s energy and passion for the hotel industry is genuine. Robb began his hotel career at The Cornhusker Hotel as the F&B Director. In 2003, Robb was named General Manager, directing a hotel renovation and a rebranding to a full-service Marriott Hotel. Since then, Robb has expanded his hotel expertise to include Hotel Sales & Marketing; becoming responsible for room revenue for an entire portfolio of hotels.

Robb has been fortunate enough to have worked under the three major hotel brands (Marriott, Hilton, IHG) and has been recognized for his dedication to delivering outstanding guest service multiple times. From Lincoln to Marriott and Hilton, Robb continues to showcase his skills in the Hospitality industry. In 2002 Robb was honored to be named to Nebraska’s “40 under 40” club, in 2003 Robb received Nebraska’s Lodger of the year award, in 2006 Robb was recognized as the “Spirit to Serve” award recipient – Marriott’s most distinguished service recognition award and in 2009 Robb was humbled to receive the “Spirit of the Hilton Garden Inn” award – Hilton’s very highest service recognition achievement.

Robb serves as the Director of Sales & Marketing for all hotels under LHG’s management.

Lucas Arias

Project Manager

Lucas serves as a Project Manager for construction of Lincoln Hotel Group managed hotels. He has 20 years of hospitality experience in restaurants and hotels. His job roles range from dishwashing, cooking, serving, management and sales. As a General Manager, Lucas received 4 IHG Torchbearer Awards as well multiple other recognitions. As Project Manager, Lucas has completed 5 projects and continues to serve alongside John in the building and development of new aproperties.

In his free time Lucas likes to play sports, workout, ice fish, and is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan.

Joe Kotopka

Assistant Hotel Controller

Joe Kotopka graduated from Doane University with B.A. in Accounting. He worked in banking for 8 years gaining experience from Customer Service to Commercial Lending. As Assistant Hotel Controller Joe is responsible for the daily accounting for all hotels, with the goal of producing consistent, timely, and accurate financial statements.

Outside of work hours Joe enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children.

Steve Young

Assistant Hotel Controller

Steve Young has spent his career in the Hospitality Industry, with the last 13 years on the financial side of the Hotel Industry and a part of the LHG Financial Team since late 2015. Prior to that he spent his career in Management, Quality Control, and the financial side of the Restaurant Business. Steve is a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and has independently brokered mortgage loans for over 20 years.

Steve enjoys travel, golf, and spending time with family.

Megan Hartmann

Office Manager

Megan was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2018 with a degree in Classics and History. She has 9 years of Guest services experience. Megan was selected to be an Intern at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. As Office Manager she runs the day-to-day activities of the corporate office and also is a member of the accounting team in which she handles Accounts Payables for each of the properties.

In her free time, she loves to read novels, travel, and spend time with her family.

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson is the General Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown/Haymarket. She has several years of experience in bank management and over 7 years of Hilton Garden Inn experience. After taking a break from banking to start a family she joined Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio as a part time night auditor. After a year of balancing the day and working overnight, she took a position as a front desk agent.

She joined the Lincoln Hotel Group team shortly after the Grand Opening of Hilton Garden Inn in 2013 as Sales Coordinator. She has worked as Bookkeeper, Front Office Manager and General Manager. Her knowledge of Hilton programs and products is great and loves learning new and different ways to honor every guest.

For many years Melanie has volunteered through several local clubs and charities, holding the Treasurer position on two PTO boards, Chairperson of Philanthropy committee and Chairperson of Fundraising. Melanie is focused on her family, loves watching basketball and interior design.

Carrie Fleck

Carrie Fleck, Human Resource Director, joined Lincoln Hotel Group in 2022 with over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry. Prior to LHG, Carrie was the General Manager for 22 years at an extended stay hotel and before that she worked multiple years at a downtown hotel as a front desk agent, reservations manager and catering and sales manager. She is leading the human resources efforts of LHG’s multiple locations. Her experience in hospitality has been helpful in assessing, developing, and implementing policies and procedures at all hotels.

Carrie is the mother of twin boys who keep her and her husband busy with all their activities. She loves baseball (especially when her boys are on the field), the Huskers and tailgating on football Saturdays