Brian Keane started his career in 1989 at Sopwell House and secured a role as a trainee manager working through all departments of the hotel.
After leaving Sopwell House in 1994, he took a big risk and moved to the Isle of Wight to work for William Bailey who had purchased The Royal Hotel. The next three years he spent working for Bailey and helping to develop the property into the Island’s first four-star hotel, focusing on how sales and marketing is key to evolving a new hotel.
His work didn’t go unnoticed and he was recognised with an Acorn Award in 1998, after which he returned to the mainland and opportunities aplenty presented themselves. He joined Burnham Beeches as deputy GM and spent two years working for County Hotels under the direction of Charles Holmes.
His passion for hospitality continued to burn and he was spurred by the dream of owning his own hotel. In 2005, he purchased The Riverside in Mildenhall and built up the property’s reputation, winning numerous awards as well as Les Routiers Hotel of the Year for the East of England.
He sold up in 2005 and had a period out of the industry, until 2012 when he began to build Cameron hotels across the East of England, supported by Natwest and drafting in Best Western to support the management and growth strategy of the expanding portfolio.
Now the group comprises four hotels and growth is still firmly on the agenda. Keane has ambitions of Cameron becoming a larger regional hotel group over the course of the next few years with hotels in the 50-100 bedroom marketplace.
Cameron Ventures Group
Region: East of England