Strategic Partnerships

We acquire ownership stakes in both established and next generation companies across Delmarva and multiple states. Currently, we have invested on Hotels, Real Estates, Communities, multiple business partnerships, and private equity managers in a diverse range of industries, where we seek long-term relationships and alignment. This strategy aims to provide our investors long-term, yield-producing investments with downside protections, finding value in both underlying fund manager performance and deal structure.

Lankford Ventures specializes in Hotel Management, Real Estate and other various investments in the lower to middle to high market. Through joint venture structures, Lankford Ventures partners with different entrepreneurs possessing significant local market knowledge.

Lankford Ventures started as a small real estate company which was later co-founded, with Preston Schell (Harvard MBA), as Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's. While Gene Lankford (Wharton School) operated two hotels that he owned, Atlantic Sands and Breakers, Preston began to joint venture several development projects. Eventually Gene sold the real estate agency to Preston. Gene and Lankford Ventures continue to operate his hotels and participate in several joint ventures with Preston Schell. Lankford Ventures continue to encourage partnerships and joint ventures in business.

Develop a win-win joint venture arrangement.

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Lankford Ventures Featured Hotels


Atlantic Sands Hotel

The Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center offers ideal oceanfront accommodations. With stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, you’re only steps away from the sun and sand of Rehoboth Beach.


Atlantic Crown Hotel

Believe in curating incredible experiences that you will remember forever. Created a one-of-a-kind place where people can come relax & enjoy all the authentic experiences Rehoboth beach has to offer.


The Breakers Hotel

Park on-site and discover the best attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping that Rehoboth Beach has to offer. The Breakers Hotel & Suites is an ideal accommodation choice for vacations and corporate meetings.


Man of Vision

Gene Lankford

Owner of the Atlantic Sands Hotel, the Breakers Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Village by the Sea strip mall, and two real estate companies called Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty and Lankford Properties.

Despite being an aloof, busy and lofty businessman, Mr. Lankford's friendly demeanor and his keen business sense make him the kind of man every businessman wants to know and secretly aspires to emulate.