Driving Demand.

Maximizing Profits.


An Industry Leader.

A History of Success.


Graves Hospitality

Passion Forward.

Development Expertise. Management Savvy.

Recognized consistently as an industry leader, Graves Hospitality has developed and managed more than 100 hotels and restaurants, and numerous residential and commercial properties. Our development skills and management services are honed from 35 years of industry success.

Brand Development

Luxury Hotel & Resort Management

Site/Property Development

Rooms Management

Investor Relations

Food & Beverage Management

Revenue Pipelines

Property Marketing

HR Management


Global & Regional Sales Force

Financial Services Management

Sales Management Technology

Information Technology

Guest Luxuries Loyalty Program

Procurement Relationship Management


Decades of Hotel Experience

Graves Hospitality hotels achieve the highest ratings and are awarded the highest levels of recognition within their respective brands and markets. GH has decades of experience working within major branded hotel groups such as Radisson, Marriott, ICH — Holiday Inn, Best Western and Le Meridian as well as with independent hotel groups such as World Hotels and direct GDS providers. Our hotels showcase our skill at understanding the intricacies of specific locations and submarkets, identifying the right concept and developing relevant, high-quality projects to drive demand and profitability.


An Award-Winning History

Unlike most hotel development and management companies who outsource their food and beverage outlets, GH is an unparalleled resource for creating, building and managing signature, award-winning restaurant and event spaces—both within hotels and free standing. Our development expertise includes site identification, concept creation, design and build, team member employment, marketing initiatives and ongoing management. We understand city and state ordinances and adeptly hire, negotiate and oversee contractors to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.


Targeted Successful Projects

Graves Hospitality successfully develops housing projects that consistently garner above-market sales and commercial projects that reward investors through efficient management and adept leasing. Keenly aware of the specific nuances inherent to unique neighborhoods and urban areas, Graves Hospitality delivers targeted projects that capture niche markets and maximize investor profits. The Graves' "Residences at McCaran Park" led the New York, Williamsburg area in sales per square foot while selling out completely prior to the project's construction completion.

Meet the Corporate Team

Our commitment to being the best means hiring the best. Our corporate team oversees brand and project development, marketing initiatives, operational outcomes, and management of over 1000 team members at more than 25 different hotel, restaurant, and development projects.

Benjamin Graves


As Chief Operating Officer, Ben Graves guides the innovation, design direction and execution of the Graves Hospitality business. He is renowned for always trying to improve and innovate, seen throughout the successfully launched projects. Ben maintains a close connection to the City of Minneapolis, serving on the Warehouse District Association board and Safe City Committee for Minneapolis. With multiple award winning, internationally recognized hotels, Ben has been part of the team that has kick-started the local hospitality renaissance.

James Graves


James Graves is the founder of Graves Hospitality, using innovation, foresight and tenacity to fuel his success in the hospitality industry. Graves gained national attention during his competitive congressional race against Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann in 2012.

Matt Mering

Director of Development

As part of Graves Hospitality, Matt analyzes new hotel development opportunities, assists in capital raises and sources new developments for the Graves team. Additionally, he oversees all of the company's food and beverage operations.

Lisa Zollars

Director of Finance and Administration

Lisa Zollars joined Graves Hospitality in January 2006. Lisa oversees the accounting and administrative functions for all Graves Hospitality locations. Prior to that, she has held many roles in the hospitality industry, most recently with CSM Lodging. With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Lisa provides a wealth of knowledge and value in her position. Lisa also serves on the board of trustees for both the Greater Metropolitan Hotel Employers-Employees Health & Welfare Fund and the Bar & Restaurant and On Sale Pension Fund.

John Occhiato

Corporate Chef

John Occhiato joined the Graves Hospitality team as the Executive Chef of the graves|601 Hotel. In his current role as the Corporate Chef for Graves Hospitality, he opens new restaurants all around the country, while leading the kitchen at the St. Paul InterContinental Hotel. For the past 16 years Occhiato has been a local leader in fine dining cuisine, doing outreach by teaching classes and donating his services to many Twin Cities charities.

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