Margaritaville Holdings has named Rick Cunningham as vice president of hotel development. With more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Cunningham has been with Margaritaville for nearly one year and is responsible for cultivating relationships with hospitality ownership and development groups as he continues to grow Margaritaville’s portfolio of hotels and resorts around the world.
Margaritaville features 10 destination resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean and 23 additional locations in active development, four gaming locations and more than 60 food and beverage locations including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill.
“As we aggressively eye both domestic and international expansion, we couldn’t be happier to have Rick on our team,” said Jim Wiseman, president of Margaritaville development. “With a proven track record of success in high-profile hospitality development positions, we have complete confidence Rick will be an instrumental part of helping us bring the Margaritaville state of mind to new destinations near and far.”
Cunningham currently is working on new deals, including Margaritaville’s first urban property, which recently broke ground in downtown Nashville’s “SoBro” district. Additionally, he has supported the brand with its partnership with Driftwood Acquisitions & Development (DAD) to rebrand two high-profile resorts – Tan-Tar-A Resort in Central Missouri and Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Costa Rica.
Prior to joining Margaritaville, Cunningham spent nearly 20 years in various key roles at InterContinental Hotels Group. Most recently, he served as the company’s regional vice president of upscale development, overseeing IHG’s Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and EVEN Hotel brands in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean regions.