Kevin Kovall

Chief Hotel Operations Officer

Since 1994



I grew up on Eagle Lake, just north of Willmar, Minnesota. I graduated from UW-Stout in Hotel and Restaurant Management and went on to receive an MBA from Columbia College. I started with RMC in 1994 as the General Manager of the Super 8 in Wausau, WI, moved to Columbia, MO to open the Hampton Inn in 1996 and have been in my current role since 2003. Earlier in my career, I worked with focused service hotel companies and spent time managing food and beverage operations. I met my wife, Katy, in college. We were married in 1981 and have four children. My wife and I enjoy traveling and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. I also like to spend time outdoor gardening or doing home remodeling projects.

Favorite Quote

My father once told me, “Kevin, in order to get by in this world you need to be smart or lucky... good thing you are lucky.”