JN+A's Jonathan Nehmer announces retirement

Jonathan C. Nehmer, founder/chairman of architecture and project management firm Jonathan Nehmer + Associates, has scheduled his retirement for the end of 2019.   

Nehmer took a step back in 2015 to focus on business development and handed over the day-to-day operations of the firm to Warren G. Feldman and Scott P. Rosenberg, who will continue to lead JN+A.

Nehmer started his career as an architect for the Marriott Corporation in 1978 before moving to Ramada Hotels, where he held the position of VP of design and technical services. In 1989, Nehmer, along with his wife Geri, formed his own company to focus on providing project management and architecture services for the hospitality industry. In 2000, he partnered with HVS International to form hospitality interior design firm HVS Design, which has recently added a branding division. Today, Feldman, Rosenberg and Christine Shanahan serve as principals of HVS Design. 

Notable recent projects in the company's portfolio include architecture for the Hyatt Place in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and project management for the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Jon worked diligently to create and establish the firms with a focus on providing clients with innovative designs that align with their budget, are delivered on schedule, and satisfy the guests’ needs,” said Feldman, CEO of JN+A. “He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the hospitality design and construction industry. Over the past the five years, Scott and I have continued to nurture the firm’s lasting reputation as a recognized industry leader in design and project management. We look forward to the future of the firms and building upon the foundation and legacy he left us.”

From left: Deborah L. Forrest, founder of ForrestPerkins; Scott Rosenberg, president of Jonathan Nehmer + Associates; Jonathan Nehmer, chairman and founder of JN+A; and Phil Cordell, global head of new brand development, Hilton, gathered at the NYU Hospitality Conference in June. Photo credit: Hotel Management

Nehmer received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. He also served as co-committee chair of the 2007 ISHC CapEx Study. Since that time, JN+A and HVS Design have continued to update renovation capital expenditure costs on an annual basis for the hospitality industry through their "Hotel Cost Estimating Guide" publication. 

Today, JN+A and HVS Design comprise a team of 50 architects, designers, project managers and administrative staff who work together to coordinate the design process. The firms engage in renovations, repositioning, restorations and new-build projects around the world for a variety of project types, including hotels, resorts, conference centers, mixed-use developments, restaurants and office/retail spaces.