Born in Quincy IL and raised in Hannibal, Steve is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He went to work for State Farm after graduating from UCM and soon joined the family business overseeing openings and operations for the Ehrhardt’s Hardee’s locations. In the late 1990s, his focus shifted to and remains on the hotel side of the business. He is active in the community, serving on multiple boards including the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission and Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council. He has previously led the Lebanon Economic Development Partnership, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, St. Robert Transportation District, Fort Leonard Wood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Steve has also served as president of the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association and global chairman of the IHG Owners Association. He lives in southwest Missouri with his wife Donna.