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Changes Afoot for The John Hardy Group

NEW YORK—Strategic hospitality development services firm, The John Hardy Group, revealed its official corporate name change to The Hardy Group after more than 27 years in business. The new name more broadly reflects an expanding leadership tier, that has grown after many years of expansion at the firm.

“By changing our name from The John Hardy Group to The Hardy Group, I’m proud to honor the range of men and women who have made this company a success in the hospitality development world,” said John Hardy, founder/CEO. “At the same time, we’re announcing the addition of several highly experienced individuals who will help bring this company into the next generation.”

Melanie Johns brings more than 30 years of financial reporting experience in various development, management and construction industries to The Hardy Group. Previously, she held several VP roles at Cortland Partners where she oversaw its accounting, financial planning, tax and investor reporting. With her extensive experience in finance, Johns will additionally bring forth her proficiency in implementing new technology and systems in accounting that will be an advantage for The Hardy Group, an innovative leader in the field. The John Hardy Group previously spun a project management and accounting technology out of its offices. Rivur, founded by development director Brent Hardy and CTO Max Ellerhorst, is currently used by The Hardy Group and three other industry firms.

Melanie Johns, CFO of The Hardy Group
Melanie Johns, CFO, The Hardy Group

“I am proud to join The Hardy Group in a moment of accelerated growth,” said Johns. “Working

together with John and Brent Hardy and the rest of the leadership team, we see tremendous potential for offering even greater value to our clients, with data-driven processes, leading to streamlined workflows and on-target project management.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, the company has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Paris. The New York office sees new leadership with Michael Linczyc as managing director and the promotion of Anthony Legamaro to senior project director.

With over 25-plus years of leadership experience, Linczyc’s background in business strategy, design and technical knowledge serve as an excellent resource for The Hardy Group.

Originally qualified and practiced as an architect in the U.K., Linczyc has a passion for design which reflects in all his work. Prior to The Hardy Group, he has held senior positions with creative innovators such as Rockwell Group, Wilson Associates, Starwood and Morgans Hotel Group. Most recently, Linczyc has worked on the $500 million, redevelopment of 35 acres of Fort Lauderdale Beach to include a hotel, residences, retail, office and a superyacht marina.

“This is an exciting time to be joining The Hardy Group and I could not be more inspired to be a part of the firm’s continued growth in New York City and beyond,” said Linczyc. “The Hardy Group is unique in the industry since it takes project management to the next level by offering development services that range from sustainability to development. I look forward to leveraging my experience and working with the team to deliver new and exciting projects for our clients.”

In his new position, Legamaro celebrates the recent competition of complex projects, including the 563-room Conrad Midtown hotel, and the Assemblage John St.—a modern apartment-style coworking/living space within a historic building in New York City’s Financial District. Legamaro is currently working on two new projects at the Regency Pittsburgh Airport and Newark Hilton Penn Station.

“Since I started in 2014, The Hardy Group has taught me invaluable lessons in the field of project management, and I look forward to using and expanding these tools as senior project director. I’m thrilled to continue working with this incredible team as we endeavor to build The Hardy Group’s impressive portfolio with more exciting projects,” said Legamaro.