Gene Kornota

Gene Kornota co-founded Rebel Hospitality (formerly Neighborhood Development Corporation) in 1988 and has been putting his imagination and development expertise to work ever since. Gene has overseen the design of over 15 independent boutique and brand hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues in the Chicago market and Memphis.
As a Principal of Rebel Hospitality, Gene focuses much of his attention on the planning, creative, branding, engineering, and design end of the business. He is integrally involved in each and every facet from conception, the build, design specifications and carrying the︎ vision through branding. Gene has an ear to the ground and an astute understanding of what consumers are looking for – combined with his knowledge of current trends, Gene creates hotels full of imagination with a ︎specific eye for ‘experience’.
Gene speaks on many hospitality industry panels and trade shows on the topic of boutique hotel development, investment and design. Under Gene’s leadership, virtually every property and outlet has received multiple industry, press and consumer awards and accolades for spectacular design as well as innovative extra’s. Gene’s philosophy is always about finding those one or two things ︎that will continue to delight and surprise his guests.