ABOUT LAMONT COMPANIES
Founded by Jeff Lamont in 1998, Lamont Companies began to undertake their first project, a Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen, SD. From these unassuming beginnings, and with the help of a dedicated team, Mr. Lamont has aggressively developed many franchised hotels, convention centers, restaurants, strip malls, apartment developments and casinos throughout the United States. During this expansive growth, Mr. Lamont and his team mastered every facet of modern hospitality development and management, providing for the foundation and inception of what is now a first-rate, multi-unit hotel management and development company. Currently, LCI continues to grow in the hospitality market with a number of developments in various stages of construction. With a focus on new-build properties, LCI consistently develops quality products in every market it enters. Going beyond the requirements of each brand or tenant, LCI ensures its customers comfortable accommodations in inviting surroundings with gracious hospitality. We are a full, turnkey real estate development, management, investment, construction, and procurement company catering to the hospitality and development industries.
Jeff Lamont – CEO/President
Jeffrey G. Lamont is from Aberdeen, SD and attended Aberdeen Central high school. He graduated from Augustana College in 1998 where he attained his B.S. degree in business management and accounting. Upon graduation, he came back to Aberdeen and started Lamont Companies, Inc. a management, development, construction, and investment firm. He and his partners developed, owned and managed multiple Holiday Inn Express Hotels in the Midwest area, starting with Aberdeen, SD. He is responsible for the entire development process, including market feasibility, site selection, financing, construction, and property management.
Over the past 18 years, Lamont Companies, Inc. as general partner has developed, owned and managed many hotels with brands including Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott International.
Jeff is big on diversification and has expanded his portfolio to include an array of investments outside of the hotel industry. Jeff has developed, constructed and manages retail malls, convention centers, restaurants, casinos, retail and office building and general contracting. Jeff’s family also owns various land and bank holding companies in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. He also has a background in farming and ranch management.
Over the years Jeff has acquired a professional staff of hotel general managers, project managers, accountants, architects, construction executive supervisors, bookkeepers, developers, and hotel staff. He has prided himself on having the brightest staff performing the best possible services. Through his hard work, honesty and integrity he has created lasting relationships with respective subcontractors, vendors, various City Councils, investment partners, land owners, customers and hotel franchises.
Jeff currently resides in Aberdeen, SD with his wife and child.
Nate Kessler – Vice President of Operations
Nate Kessler is Vice President of Operations for Lamont Companies. Nate is responsible for the overall operations of all hotels, restaurants, convention centers, and casinos for LCI’s growing portfolio of hospitality businesses. Nate brings with him more than a decade of hospitality industry experience with a ground-up knowledge of all operations. Nate joined LCI when the company only had a couple of locations.
In his current role, Nate oversees all regions across the U.S. successfully steering every phase of the business; from the opening of new hotels, human resources, sales and marketing, to financial management. Prior to joining LCI in December of 2005, Nate was a commercial insurance broker specializing in risk management in the hospitality industry. Nate graduated with honors from Black Hills State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics.
Nate currently resides in Aberdeen, SD with his wife and three children. When not working or spending time with his family he enjoys the beautiful S.D. outdoors hunting and fishing.
Chris Lamont – Vice President of Construction
Chris Lamont is from Aberdeen, SD and attended Aberdeen Central high school. He is responsible for the entire construction process, including hiring and supervision of project managers, negotiating pricing with contractors, contract writing for sub-contractors, and coordination of team members.
Over the past 10 years, Chris has overseen all facets of Lamont Companies construction projects from beginning to end. He plans, executes, and finalizes projects according to strict deadlines and stays with in the given budget. Chris also defines the project’s objectives and oversees quality control throughout its life cycle.
Chris resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Marni, and two children.
Kathy Onkka – Chief Financial Officer
Kathleen Onkka is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 37 years of experience. She excels with all levels of organization and leads by example with her high performing teams. Kathy has earned the respect of her peers and follows through on commitments and is extremely disciplined with firm integrity. She refuses to give up on challenging tasks and constantly thinks out-of-the-box. The accounting staff that Kathy supervises has successfully been in compliance and passed numerous audits.
Kathy graduated with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Accounting and Management from the University of South Dakota in Springfield. After graduation she began her career in Aberdeen and worked as an accountant for a local western store for five years. She then launched her initial interest into the hospitality industry as she worked for Super 8 Builders in the construction department, which was eventually sold to Hospitality Builders Inc, where she continued her employment for the next fifteen years. She then moved from Aberdeen and became the Business Manager for six years at a local public school for grades K-12. Her deep roots to South Dakota transitioned her career back to Aberdeen and Lamont Companies Inc. where she has been the past twelve years.
Kathy is one of the first two original employees that have been with Lamont Companies Inc during their successful growth and expansion. Our accounting services and staff come highly recommended by our certified public accountants. Lamont Companies Inc and their professional staff have the skills and qualifications to service your properties needs from construction through operations.
Todd Lamont – Vice President of Design & Procurement
Todd Lamont is from Aberdeen, SD and graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD in 2008 where he attained his B.S. degree in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and marketing. Upon graduation, he came back to Aberdeen and started working for Lamont Companies. He is responsible for running the design and procurement department of Lamont Companies, Inc.
Over the past 8 years, Todd has worked with Lamont Companies, Inc. to construct many properties. Over the years Todd has acquired many contacts and acquaintances in the hotel procurement industry. From this list of contacts and experience he is able to hit budget numbers that are far below industry average budget numbers while maintaining an above standard finished product.
Todd currently lives in Aberdeen, SD with his wife and child.
Elizabeth Stoks – Vice President of Development
For the last 12 years, Elizabeth has continued to expand her position within LCI and currently facilitates the development of new projects and existing renovations. She has a close working relationship with business franchisees, city officials and community members, contractors, and business administration staff to help move each project forward, from start to finish.
Elizabeth currently resides in Aberdeen with her husband and child, and is actively involved with the Aberdeen Rural Fire Department Auxiliary, Sacred Heart Church, and the Aberdeen Soccer Association.