Vision and Leadership
The Liv Hospitality corporate vision is to be the leader in the hospitality industry for western South Dakota. We strive to achieve growth and profitability for our company and our employees through expert management and operations, providing quality service and promoting the strength of our property brands. We maintain an acute understanding of the seasonal tourism fluctuations for the Black Hills region and develop the type of sustainable programs that keep our properties and our guests satisfied year-round.
We believe in the importance of investing in our local communities, and in turn, investing in the people who help us become the best. Every year, Liv Hospitality gives back to local charities and other worthy causes and we encourage participation for various fundraising events and volunteer efforts. Liv also recognizes that our employees are one of our most valuable assets; therefore, we strive to create work environments which promote respect, offer encouragement, and provide resources for our employees to excel professionally at present and in to the future.
Caleb Arceneaux, Chief Executive Officer
Caleb joined Liv Hospitality in May 2008 after spending nearly 15 years as a hospitality professional in hotel, casino, and food and beverage operations. His hotel management experience originates in the Pacific Northwest where he worked within several full-service resorts and limited-service products, uniquely qualifying him to lead the Liv Hospitality portfolio of properties. Caleb has an extensive knowledge base in player reinvestment strategies, direct marketing, promotional programs, operational efficiencies, internal controls, and maximizing ROI with various CRM management systems. Mr. Arceneaux has in-depth experience in both commercial and Native American casino jurisdictions. Caleb’s food and beverage experience originates in conference services and has developed into a solid background that consists of new construction project management, franchised food and beverage operations, menu development, cost control, and operational efficiencies. In addition to leading the Liv team, Mr. Arceneaux serves on the Business Improvement District Board of Directors for Rapid City as well as serving as the President of the Deadwood Gaming Association.
Ken Klug, Chief Financial Officer
Ken joined Liv Hospitality in March 2006. He oversees all financial aspects of Liv properties including payroll, taxes, internal controls, financial statements, and budgeting. He provides nearly 20 years experience in finance and accounting in the hospitality and gaming industries. Ken specializes in establishing the financial components of startup properties and served previously as an auditor with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Mr. Klug is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.
Kayti ratigan, chief operating officer
Mrs. Ratigan joined Liv Hospitality in April 2011 and has nearly ten years of experience in Hotels and Tourism. Kayti has experience in timeshares, resorts, and all sizes of hotels. Kayti began her career in a timeshare resort in Orlando, Fla., and quickly fell in love with the industry. Kayti has extensive knowledge in hotel operations, revenue management, front desk training, and sales techniques. Kayti is responsible for all Liv hotel property revenues, maximizing profits, and strategically placing hotel rates within the market for maximum profitability.
LYNZIE MONTAGUE, VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING
Lynzie joined Liv Hospitality in July 2012 and has over ten years of sales experience. Lynzie started her career with Liv Hospitality as the Director of Sales for the Hotel Alex Johnson. From there, she was promoted to Hotel General Manager where she converted the property from a Choice Hotel to the Hilton Worldwide family of brands. Lynzie brings with her extensive knowledge ranging from operations, revenue management, food and beverage, sales techniques and customer service. Lynzie is responsible for all Liv hotel property sales, bringing in new groups, growing revenue, maximizing profitability, training, and networking.
Jeff Paulsen, Senior Staff Accountant
Jeff joined the Liv Hospitality team in March of 2006. His primary responsibility is the daily accounting for the Liv Hospitality properties including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash management. Jeff was born and raised in Rapid City and gained valuable customer service and management skills in his 27 years in the machine shop industry. Mr. Paulsen attended National American University with an emphasis in accounting.
Liz Patton, CREATIVE MANAGER
Born and raised in the Black Hills, Liz began her creative career as an independent designer for local clients and businesses. She officially joined the Liv Hospitality team in August 2012 as the first in-house graphic designer. She brings with her a creative mind and an extensive knowledge in marketing and graphic design, including continued education certifications in various Adobe design programs. As the team’s creative manager, Liz’s role is to develop and maintain consistent branding, research growing trends, manage internal creative projects, and oversee all advertising and marketing efforts for Liv’s resort properties in Rapid City and Deadwood.
ANNALE OLSON, PAYROLL & BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR
Annale grew up in Mayville-Portland, N.D., and began her college career at the University of North Dakota. While pursuing a degree in general business, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Brisbane, Australia. Upon completion, she felt ambitious to explore: find fresh, new faces, places, and opportunities, and decided to relocate to Rapid City. With relatives in town for about ten years prior, she had a decent feel for the area and knew that some of her favorite activities — hiking, skiing, kayaking, camping, and days at the lake — would make the Black Hills an amazing place to call home. Annale stumbled upon the opportunity to use her business background at Liv Hospitality’s corporate offices in the summer of 2017 after working a few part-time jobs throughout her first year in Rapid City (including a time as a barista at Starbucks in the Hotel Alex Johnson). Annale looks forward to growing with the company, both personally and professionally.
kyle lambert, controller
Kyle joined the Liv Hospitality team in May of 2018. He is responsible for advising property managers by providing them with the financial information necessary to develop successful strategies. Kyle spent the first eight years of his professional career as an auditor for a certified public accounting firm specializing in hospitality and gaming industries. He graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy. Very active in numerous professional associations, Kyle is a board member and Treasurer of the Allied Art Fund as well as a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rapid City. He is also a member of the Rapid City Young Professional Group, serving on the Steering Committee from 2014 to 2017 as well as earning the title of 2015 Young Professional of the Year.
valerie graumann, graphic designer
Valerie joined Liv Hospitality as a graphic designer in October 2016. She is responsible for developing consistent brand creative for all Liv properties. Valerie has an education in apparel design and converted those skills to four years of graphic design experience with various companies. The experience of owning her own graphic design firm, along with living abroad and in several "melting pots," gave her an understanding in the importance of relations, business, and culture. Throughout the years, Valerie has made it her mission to make the most of every moment and opportunity. She believes there is always room to grow and that life is too short not to go big.
Hannah McKelvey, Digital marketer
Hannah, an East River native, earned her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from The University of South Dakota. She joined Liv Hospitality in January 2018 specializing in social media marketing, digital media strategies, and SEO. Well-versed in the metrics and tactics that make digital marketing successful, Hannah utilizes her skills and creativity to continuously improve the online presence of Liv Hospitality’s properties. Her love for creativity can be found in all aspects of her life as she enjoys art, crafting, and refurbishing furniture. Hannah is enthusiastic about learning all the ins and outs of the industry and helping Liv grow as a company.