Although Legacy Hospitality is only six years old, its roots in New Mexico go back to 1978 through Aleem's father, now semi-retired Mohamed Kassam.
The family has developed close to 20 hotels in the state over the years but has sold most of them to pursue new opportunities, Aleem Kassam said. Legacy currently has seven properties in New Mexico employing 300-350 workers, he said.
One of the keys to Legacy's hotel development is having a related construction company, Alpha Legacy Construction, headed by Aleem's brother, Faizel Kassam.
They also have hotel properties in Canada and are scouting opportunities in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California, Aleem Kassam said.
The Hilton Garden project in Uptown, designed by Tafazzul Hussain of Albuquerque, will result in about 100 jobs, he said.
Copyright (c) 2007, Albuquerque Journal, N.M. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.