Richard is a seasoned real estate broker with over 30 years of experience in the marketing and negotiating of commercial real estate transactions. Richard has closed over $2 Billion in commercial transactions, which has consisted of more than $1.5 Billion in hospitality and gaming transactions. In 2014 Richard was elected to the Board of Directors for Hotel Brokers International (HBI), the commercial real estate industry's largest, most experienced network of hotel brokerage specialists.
Prior to founding The Ehmer Group, a boutique Hospitality Brokerage and Consulting Company, in 2010, Richard was a founding member of the National Hospitality Group at Marcus & Millichap, training and mentoring investment sales associates from across the country. After an impeccable career of over 25 years with Marcus & Millichap, as a First Vice President and Senior Director of the National Hospitality & Gaming Group, Richard joined NAI Global as Managing Director of the NAI Global Hospitality Group, where he assisted in the formation and management of a network wide brokerage platform designed to assist NAI’s client base with the acquisition and disposition of hospitality assets worldwide.
During his career, Richard has worked extensively with key hospitality executives and principals to assist them with the marketing and sales of their assets and has negotiated hundreds of successful transactions on behalf of his clients. Richard has represented the full spectrum of hospitality owners, including hospitality REITS, public hotel companies, gaming companies, insurance companies, hotel management companies, offshore investors, and multiple-to-single asset owners. His experience covers resorts, full service hotels, boutique hotels, select service hotels, limited service hotels, casinos, development projects, and leasehold transactions. He also has expertise in negotiating franchise and hotel management contracts for his clients.
Prior to his real estate brokerage career, Richard worked in the construction industry using his Civil and Heavy Construction Engineering Degree from Arizona State University to build hotels and other commercial buildings in the major New York Metropolitan Area.