Hans van der Reijden
Founder and CEO
With more than 25 years of dedicated service as an international hotelier, Hans van der Reijden is recognized as a hospitality expert and a respected leader.
As founder and CEO, Hans leads Ithaka’s development initiatives and spearheads the company’s academic partnership with Auburn University’s Hospitality Management Program. A visionary leader in the world of luxury hospitality, Hans has a record of successfully launching, turning around and expanding organizations.
Hans was a Partner in Capella Hotel Group from its founding in 2003 until 2018. Prior to joining Capella, he served as an Executive in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for 11 years, opening hotels across the globe.
He was named “Hotelier of the Year” in 2007 and “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019 by the Alabama Hospitality Association, “Tourism Executive of the Year” by the State of Alabama in 2014 and was awarded the Award of Excellence by the Alabama Travel Council in 2014. Hans is an active member and has served as Chairman of the Board for both the Alabama Hospitality & Restaurant Association as well as the Alabama Travel Council. He also serves on the advisory board for the Alabama Tourism Department, an appointment by Governor Kay Ivey.
Managing Partner, Sales and Marketing
Todd Scholl oversees marketing and brand awareness for Ithaka’s property portfolio. A nearly 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Todd has left his mark on some of the finest properties in the U.S., including Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri; the Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri; and the Hyatt Regency Tulsa, the largest hotel in Oklahoma. Additionally, Todd spent seven years working with The Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the director of sales and marketing. During his tenure in Little Rock, he oversaw more than $26 million in hotel revenue annually and achieved the Forbes Four-Star designation.
Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
Managing Partner, Food and Beverage
Adam Keeshan oversees Ithaka’s entire food and beverage operation and works with individual properties to streamline and solidify their food and beverage offerings. Adam has worked within the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, with a background that includes time in independent full service restaurants and bars, fast-casual concepts and country clubs. Adam serves on the Young Alumni Council for Auburn University and sits on Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association board. Adam also holds his Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and has passed the Introductory Sommelier course with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Auburn University.
Managing Partner, Culinary Operations
Leo Maurelli works with Ithaka’s properties to provide guidance to each restaurant overseen by the company to ensure quality, original menus and distinct food pairings. Chef Leo has served as Executive Chef at famed restaurants throughout the state of Alabama, including The Hotel at Auburn University. He was honored as the 2011 Alabama Restaurant Association and Alabama Hospitality Association Chef of the Year, and is consistently voted as one of Best Chef’s America: South since 2014.
Chef Leo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University.
Managing Partner, Talent, Learning and Culture
Keisha Echols leads all aspects of Ithaka’s human resources team, including employee recruitment, training and interpretation of state and federal employment law. A Human Resource professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field, Keisha has worked for companies that include the Sara Lee Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Chick-fil-A.
Keisha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National-Louis University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University. She obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2006 through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), as well as earning a SHRM-CP designation in 2015.
Managing Partner, Finance
John Hopkins oversees all aspects of Ithaka’s financial management. With nearly 30 years in finance, John is a seasoned professional with experience in financial, managerial, ownership and entrepreneurial leadership in the hospitality industry. As a key manager within facilities throughout the U.S., including most recently The Hotel at Auburn University, John has overseen significant reductions in costs and increases in profitability.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University.
Managing Partner, Rooms Operations
Paul Reggio oversees all rooms operations within Ithaka’s property portfolio. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Paul has been a part of numerous luxury hotels, resorts and full service conference centers throughout the U.S. He worked as an executive leader with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International and West Paces Hotel Group with proven balanced scorecard results. Paul played key roles in several hotel openings and management transformations. In 2013, he was named “Partner of the Year” by the University of Southern Mississippi Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Program.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from The University of Southern Mississippi.
C. Scott Rohm
An industry veteran with more than 30 years in some of the highest regarded brands and operators, Rohm works in close partnership with Ithaka to unlock value and deliver exceptional results. Scott’s experience includes field and corporate office roles with Ritz-Carlton, an equity partner and SVP of Operations for the creation and introduction of the Capella brand and the C.O.O. position of the ultra-luxe Auberge Resorts Collection as it doubled in size. Additionally, he was responsible for development, implementation and management of operational controls to effectively grow the collection and ensure financial strength through operating efficiency.
“The essence of hospitality is to find joy in serving others.”
“Hospitality stems from the humility of service to others no matter what challenges present themselves.”
“Hospitality is honoring friends and strangers alike with a spirit of service and generosity.”
“Hospitality is like The Force… it grows within you every time you serve others!”
“Hospitality to me is about embracing others and making them feel at home and at peace in a warm, comfortable, trusted environment. It is a time of fellowship that allows you to catch up with old friends, make new ones and connect with family. Hospitality provides an opportunity for heart-felt connections to take place.”
“Hospitality is a marathon, not a sprint. Sustaining excellence is what separates those who truly get it.”
“The beauty of hospitality is the ability to create personal connections through unique and memorable experiences.”