Andrew R. Lucas, CHA

Updated Oct 2018


My 20 years in the Hospitality industry have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and experience that I use to benefit my career, associates, stakeholders, and clients.  Most recently I’ve gone full time in our new family real estate investing business, where we buy distressed properties and return them to the community as fully repaired homes for rent or purchase.



Oct 2008 – Present
Owner and Operator, Lucas Properties and Columbia Cash Home Buyers

  • Columbia, SC Community Developer
  • Specialize in finding Distressed Homes
  • Renovate homes for resale or for rent
  • Buy problem properties with cash and quick closes
  • Investing in projects large or small and new or old

Apr 2012 – Oct 2018  & July ‘05-Oct ’08        IMIC Hotels
General Manager, Inn at USC Wyndham Garden

  • Lodging Manager of the Year by SCRLA
  • TripAdvisor moved from 34 to 5 within first year and maintaining top 10
  • Operated an Independent Historic property with unique approaches to Sales and Management
  • Successfully converted Independent Property into a record setting Wyndham Garden
  • Groomed the 2014 Wyndham Hotels Sales Leader of the Year.
  • Record Growth, Revenue, and Bottom line

Oct. 2010 – Apr. 2012
Interstate Hotels and Resort Mgmt.        General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott NW

  • Increased revenues by 30% in First Year
  • Drove Revpar Index up 20% by negotiating contracts of corporate accounts and  by instilling sales culture with all associates
  • Maintained and increased Guest Satisfaction scores with a proactive and preventative vision

Oct. 2008-Oct. 2010
Raines Development Group          General Manager, Residence Inn by Marriott

  • Developed and executed opening sales and marketing action plan
  • Facilitated the progression of building the hotel through opening
  • First Year Revpar Index 113.6, 93% Guest Satisfaction, 20% Turnover Rate


Awards, Certifications and Community Leadership

  • 2016 SCRLA Lodging Manager of the Year
  • Palmetto Health Foundation Children’s Hospital Board Vice Chair
  • President of Columbia Lodging and Restaurant Association Board
  • SC Rest and Lodging Assoc Board of Directors, and Membership Committee Chair
  • Certified Hotel Administrator, CHA, by AH&LA
  • Selected as Americas 30 Top Hotel Talent under 30 by Hotel Management Magazine
  • Marriott “Sales Edge” Graduate
  • Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Wyndham Hotel & Resort certified GM
  • Leadership Columbia Graduate
  • First Baptist Church Associate Deacon
  • Harvest Hope Young Producers Board Member, Vice Chair
  • AH&LA Gateway Under 30 Columbia Chapter founding President


University of South Carolina

Masters Degree

  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management Major