Richard J. Kenney, 32, works in Miami as associate director of housing operations and facilities at the University of Miami. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Kenney discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I Do: I provide our clients with the resources and facilities necessary to tell the story they want to share with their conference and camp participants. In doing so, I work to to highlight the University of Miami’s great spaces, resources and staff to our community and on a national level.
How I Got Here: I started out in a local hotel, Boston Burlington Marriott, in high school setting up for banquets, weddings, business meetings and more—moving from there into a banquet server before leaving for college. My hospitality experience came back after receiving my master’s degree and working for the University of Tennessee, where I was able to experience summer camps and conferences. Now I am working to bring the University of Miami into the national spotlight as a premier conference, meeting, and camp location.
Greatest Career Accomplishment: I was responsible for the creation of a one-stop location for any external conference or camp clients looking to host their events at the University of Miami.
Impressive Stats: Since arriving at the University of Miami in 2013, I’ve increased revenue by 200 percent; increased the average number of bed nights per group by 115 percent; increased occupancy and the average length of stay by 115 percent and increased the average group size by 35 percent.