Richard Rock, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rock is an attorney and a businessman with a vast
range of experience in the areas of business development,
and labor negotiations.
loss. He officially retired
on January 14, 1997. Although retired, Mr. Rock still
serves in an advisory capacity.
Richard J. David, CHA, Executive VP,
Mr. David is responsible for the overall
daily operations of the management company,
in particular the operations of each
Rockgate Hotel. With over 25 years of
industry experience, Rich is proficient
in all phases of hotel management, including
food and beverage, sales and marketing,
revenue management, and asset protection.
Rich has vast experience in new hotel
construction and hotel renovations. Mr
David's management background includes
numerous positions ranging from General
Manager to Vice President of Operations
within the industry.
Rich joined Rockgate in 1996 and has served in various
positions within the company. He has been in his current
role since 2000. Rich is a graduate of Syracuse University's
Whitman School of Management. He is a Certified
Hotel Administrator (CHA), as designated
by the Educational Institute of the
American Hotel and Motel Association.
Lawrence C. Gates, President
Mr. Gates is President of Rockgate Management. he is also an attorney practicing law in Johnson County, Kansas (surburban Kansas City) for 35 years. He founded the law firm of Gates, Shields, and Fergu)
Mr. Gates has been active in real estate development
for over 30 years, including the developmson, P.A. in 1980. Mr. Gates has been active in real estate development for over 30 years, including the developmend and or ownership of residential subdvisions, apartment units, office space and group homes for developmentally disabled adults in addition to hotels.
Larry has served on the Board of Directors of Mercantile Bank
of Kansas City and of Firstar Bank of Kansas. Presently,
he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of US Bank of
Overland Park/Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He is also a member of the Board of
Directors of Community Living Opportunities, a not
for profit agency involved in providing living and working opportunities for developmentally
Gayle Gerhold, Corporate Controller
Ms. Gerhold joined Rockgate Management
in 2001 when the accounting
office was moved to Kansas City. Under
direction, the office was relocated from Albany,
NY to Kansas City without any disruption to overall
Gerhold has over 25 years of experience in accounting.
Prior to joining Rockgate she served as the Controller/CFO
of a privately held electronics and
also worked for International Paper Company and
Waddell and Reed Financial Services. Gayle is a graduate
of the University of Missouri at Kansas City with
a Bachelors Degree
Administration and Accounting. Gayle has implemented
new financial systems and controls
providing an efficient turn- key
support package to our general managers.