Show #: 002
Title: Greg Hennes | Starting with Kickstarter; Greg Hennes takes art big. How he brought his dream to reality through crazy commitment and creativity.
Guest: Greg Hennes
Company: The Jennings Hotel URL: jenningshotel.com
“Talk is cheap and action is important” Greg Hennes
Greg Hennes, fell in love with Joseph, Oregon, and the surrounding area. After returning year-after-year hunting for a way to put down roots there, an opportunity actually found him. Enter the Jennings Hotel in downtown Joseph. The historical building was extreme disrepair when it “found” Greg.
Using traditional financing from an open-minded local bank, Greg secured the property knowing that he’d have to get creative to take the project to the place his vision had in mind. He used Kickstarter as a spring board, something he’d never tried before, and it was successful. Greg funded at 133% and was off to the races.
His project is not one that would be considered anything close to “typical” as far as hotels and renovations go. In fact, it leaned far more toward art project, making it an absolutely spot on alternative development speaking to what it means to truly Radify a project
Listen in to learn more about the project, how he did it, and what’s next for The Jennings Hotel.
The Radify Development Podcast the resource and community for alternative developers, welcomes Greg Hennes, founder of The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon.
This is an episode full of awesome takeaways around going from concept to reality on a complex alternative development project. Listen in as Greg walks us through the journey of his renovation and business ramp up that’s been five-years in the making (and counting) on the Jennings Hotel.
Greg bought the building before knowing exactly how he’d fund his vision. He knew immediately that he’d have to get creative.
His project is not one that would be considered anything close to “typical” as far as hotels and renovations go. In fact, it leaned far more toward art project, making it an absolutely spot on alternative development speaking to what it means to truly Radify a project.
Greg was able to envision an amazing destination experience in the dilapidated structure, he just needed to figure out how to fund it and get the project moving forward. He thought of Kickstarter and started to research the crowd-funded platform.
He recruited a few talented friends who shared his amazing vision and they went to work.
Turns out his hunch was right – he funded at 133%!
As often happens with visionary projects, the Jennigs Hotel found Greg. He knew he wanted to live a mountain lifestyle in a small town and he was continually on the search for cabins and property in the areas around the West that he loved so much. In the project he was able to move to Joseph and deploy his passion and skills for a creative building and business development.
Greg loves to work on his alternative development himself as he guides it to completion. He’s forging relationships with local artists and craftsman to deliver on the facets of his vision that his personal skill set can’t create. From each room’s individually curated design, to the original tile entry, and the incredible cedar sauna, Greg shows us the place where development and art collide; it’s called The Jennings Hotel.
At Radify Development, we view the Jennings Hotel as a masterpiece that’s continually evolving.
This project is one of true vision and commitment and in this interview, you’ll be able to relate with the overwhelming sense that the Jenning’s project continually seems to just be getting started.
Thankfully, that’s okay with Greg! He’s already rounding out his business strategy on the property to include a continuation of his artist-residency-program, a new guest-chef program, and expanding the bed base of the historic, renovated building.
Another thing that becomes apparent on this episode: Greg has the bug, which is something I know the Radify Development podcast audience can strongly relate with. He’s scoping out another property in Joseph with hopes to put together a craft school concept, focused on keeping the art of traditional building alive through retreats and programs.
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