We are proud to announce Richard Kessler was featured as one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders for his devotion to inspiring people through captivating hotels, incredible restaurants and unique experiences. Kessler has been developing his entrepreneurial skills since he was a young kid, growing and selling vegetables in his local community. Now as Chairman & CEO of The Kessler Collection, he is drawn to the hospitality industry because it’s “constantly presenting new obstacles and opportunities due to cultural and economic shifts and competitive forces.”

He is passionate about collecting art and displays his own pieces in every Kessler Collection property, whether it’s in the hallways or the hotel’s Art Gallery. Most people may not know that he recently guest-directed the Orlando Symphony Orchestra, and designed a custom Grand Bohemian Bösendorfer piano from the legendary Viennese company.

Florida Trend Magazine is a premiere business publication read by 250,000 influential business executives, civic leaders and government officials each month. Recently, the editors published Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, a year-long research initiative resulting in a list of powerful innovators across major industries like finance, hospitality, manufacturing and more.