First Hospitality has appointed Ray Nugent to director of renovations and facilities. Nugent has directed over $1 billion in governmental, commercial and residential construction projects throughout his 25-year career, which includes his role as director of facilities for Bellagio Resort Las Vegas.
In his new role as DRF, Nugent is responsible for executing First Hospitality’s renovation program, property improvement plans and new developments. He also manages the facility and engineering support teams and assists new and existing properties. Prior to joining First Hospitality, Nugent oversaw operations and strategy of the facilities department for Bellagio and executed significant projects for the resort, including a $20 million suite remodel spanning 1,000 rooms and a $12.5 million casino remodel. From 2010-2016, Nugent held the role of assistant director of facility operations for Fox Valley Park District, the second largest park district in Illinois, where he managed all facility maintenance and construction for three community centers totaling over 550,000 sq. ft. of fitness, aquatic and educational facilities.
In addition to commercial and retail projects, Nugent has experience on the residential side with significant developments such as McKinley Gardens Townhomes, a $20 million construction project encompassing eight new buildings. In 2002, Nugent established the construction start up R and R Builders Corporation where he led the company as owner and president.
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