MMI Asks for a Little Jingle

Picture3Members of the home office committed to a day of service in celebration of the season.  (L to R) Jessica Humphreys, Accounting; Trey Tracy, Technical Services; and Loyd Marbury, Accounting are pictured below with the Salvation Army bell.

The kettle was overflowing and yet folks continued to give even as the gentleman loaded it into the van.  Great work and many thanks.  It feels good when you are doing something good.


Sledge Named Vice President of Operations

Picture2After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in hospitality management in 1989, Scott Sledge began management training for MMI Hotel Group in Nashville, TN at the Cabot Lodge—Nashville.  He has served several MMI hotels in a variety of positions including Sales Manager, Front Office Manager and Assistant General Manager.  In 1994, he was promoted to General Manager at the Cabot Lodge-Jackson North in Ridgeland.

Expanding beyond the Cabot Lodge brand, Sledge assumed additional responsibilities in a dual role as Regional Director of Operations overseeing MMI operations in Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana in 1999.  As Joe Morgan reduces his responsibilities out of his Gainesville office, Sledge has expanded his support of properties into the Florida market as well.

We look forward to the coming years and opportunities that our hotels will provide for associates and guest alike.


Joe Morgan Retires After 47 Years with MMI

Joe MorganForty Seven years ago Joe Morgan left the University of Southern Mississippi and began a career in hospitality.  He had no industry training and little if any work experience that might have given some indication of his capabilities for this type work.  Regardless, he convinced Earle Jones and Frank Peyton that he would work hard and be a positive force within a very young organization, Mississippi Management, Inc.

From that humble beginning, Joe was both unstoppable and unflappable.  He rose through the ranks serving in every capacity imaginable within the MMI organization.  He has led the organization’s operations for the vast majority of his career.  I even had the pleasure of serving as one of his General Managers in the early 1980s.  I suppose what I marvel most is his ability to understand and manage such a diverse, multi-generational workforce.  He is an amazing manager of people.

By now you have likely guessed that something is up.  And yes, Joe Morgan plans on retiring at the end of this year.  Joe and I have discussed retirement for many years, but always at his insistence.  He said that he wanted it to be his decision.  Two years ago he said he was ready.  He didn’t factor in the possibility that I might ask him to remain a bit longer, but gladly acquiesced to a longer tenure.

Though Joe will relinquish the majority of his responsibilities, I don’t think he is quite ready to go cold turkey.  So we plan on utilizing him on a more limited basis with specific opportunities.

Going forward, operations will be divided between Scott Sledge and Micajah Sturdivant.  With big shoes to fill, Scott will add all limited service hotels in Florida to his existing group with the Crowne Plaza and the King & Prince reporting to Micajah Sturdivant.  Joe will maintain an association with the company overseeing special projects throughout 2011.

– Gaines