River City Six – Ryan Kramer
Meet Ryan Kramer, the chief engineer for The Kindler Hotel.
Tell us a little about your business.
The Kindler Hotel, which officially opened in October of 2019, is Lincoln’s first and only independently owned and operated boutique hotel. It has become a unique place that brings people together, whether it’s overnight guests or friends meeting up for drinks and appetizers in the Boitano’s Lounge. The Kindler’s neo-classical architecture and sophisticated accommodations create a boutique hotel experience Lincoln hasn’t seen before. In my position, I get to have my hands in all aspects of the hotel. It’s a behind-the-scenes role, but everything I do ensures the guest has a comfortable and seamless experience. Every day brings something new, so I am constantly learning new things.
How did you get started in the business?
This career landed in my lap when I was looking for a change in what I was currently doing, and this was a great opportunity to get back into the hospitality industry which I enjoy thoroughly. I am a pretty handy guy, and it is a thrill going to work to make sure the hotel is always working and looking its best.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Being able to work for such a wonderful company and a beautiful hotel as The Kindler Hotel.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have a lovely wife. Her name is Jodi and we have been married for eight years. I have a beautiful daughter named Josie who is 10 and in the fourth grade. She loves to play basketball. Watching her grow up is one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I also have two fur babies, a pug named Gizmo and a Boston terrier named Fritz. We are currently building a tiny house!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When my daughter was born. I have always wanted a child.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Relax watching a movie or playing video games.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I have a motorcycle and, during nice weather, I like to take it out for a ride.
Who inspires you?
My daughter. Watching her learn and grow as a human is so inspiring.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“It is what it is.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be more musically inclined. It would be cool to play the guitar.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It is very informative.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?