About the Innkeepers:
Peter and Rick “retired” from their corporate hotel careers (see below) in 2004 after they bought the Grandview Gardens property with Jan in 2001 and did a major renovation and expansion, adding approximately 4,000 sq ft to the original historic property. The B & B opened in September of 2004. In Fall of 2008, Rick’s mother, Jan, joined the B & B operations team. All 3 innkeepers help in all aspects of the B & B, but each has their specific area of responsibility. Peter is in charge of day-to-day operations. Rick handles sales, marketing, PR and reservations. Jan assists with administration, day-to-day bookkeeping and general financial issues and supervises the gardening. All three innkeepers take turns preparing and serving breakfast. Running a B & B is a lot of work but the Innkeepers are enjoying their life in the hospitality business!
Peter Emmerich graduated from the world-renowned Lausanne Hospitality University in Switzerland with a Hotel Management degree. Peter has held operations, sales and marketing positions with numerous international hotel groups and until Summer 2004, Peter was Vice-President Membership Development at SRS-WORLDHOTELS in Frankfurt Germany, an association of 400 privately owned and managed deluxe hotels worldwide. Peter speaks English, German, Spanish, French and some Italian. Peter is past president and past board member of the Florida State Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (www.fbbi.org), past board member for the Grandview Heights Neighborhood Association, current member of the Society of the Four Arts and a Realtor (R) with the Corcoran Group, Palm Beach.
Rick Rose graduated from the Florida State University School of Business with a degree in Hospitality Management. Rick, who speaks English and German, has worked with in both operations and sales for various hotel groups and most recently (until Jan 2004) as Regional Director of Sales for Central and Eastern Europe at InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s largest conglomerate of hotel brands and restaurants including Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts. Rick is very involved in local community issues and is a past president of the Grandview Heights’ Neighborhood Association, a member of the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and currently serves on the board of Discover the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s destination marketing organization. In addition, Rick is the official historian and tour guide for the Worth Avenue Association in Palm Beach, writes a column about The Palm Beaches in the German quarterly Florida Sun Magazine and has published the leading guide to the Palm Beaches called “Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town”.
Jan Weimar, a first generation American and native of West Palm Beach, retired in 2008 from Moyle, Flanigan, Katz, Breton, White & Krasker Law Offices in West Palm Beach where she was Director of Administration. Jan enjoyed a long and succesful career in all aspects of business management and administration, in particular within the financial and personnel management sectors. Jan has also successfully owned and managed her own businesses within the real estate and retail markets and is a past board member and Treasurer of the Grandview Heights Neighborhood Association.