MMI & Cabot Lodge Recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs

15895995_10154905296951310_517088770299510639_oBoys & Girls Clubs of Central MS held its annual Youth of the Year competition Tuesday night at Cabot Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi.  “It is an honor for the Cabot Lodge team to host this event and see the development that Youth-of-the-Year provides for our City’s young people,” stated James McLeod, General Manager of Cabot Lodge – Milsaps College.

After crowning Iyanla Thomas as greater Jackson’s winner and representative in next month’s statewide competition, local advocates where recognized with awards.

MMI Hospitality Group was awarded as for its annual commitment to the Movement.  As the nation’s largest facility-based youth development program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a great partner for regional company.  “Regardless of where our hotels or dining facilities may be located, our Team Members share positive stories of their association in some way with the Boys & Girls Club Movement either as an alum, parent or grandparent.  We appreciate the opportunities Boys & Girls Clubs provide to our community and, specifically, our Team Members,” stated Micajah Sturdivant, MMI Hotel Group President and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Chairman of the Board.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members.  Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year.  The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

New Year. New Experience.

downloadThe Holiday Inn Express in Grenada might best be summed up simply as “New.”  2017 brings with it recently added leadership, a major renovation, and fresh perspective on hospitality.  General Manager Mary Graydon had no hotel management experience before being hired by MMI Hotel Group to lead the team at Holiday Inn Express.  “Mary has not only hit the mark, but exceeded expectations for our Team Members and guests alike,” states Scott Sledge, MMI’s VP of Operations.  “Her experience in getting The Polar Express ‘down the tracks’ is similar to what we do in the hotel business.  It’s all about the people.”

The hotel business is about hosting an environment that is safe, fresh and welcoming.  With guest service scores putting the Grenada property in the top ranks nationally, ownership knew it was time to ensure that the quality of product was appropriate.  As a result, Holiday Inn Express-Grenada is undergoing a significant renovation that pretty much touches every surface of the hotel –inside and out, guestrooms and common areas.  With a design that puts sleep quality, simplicity, and ease of maintenance at the center of its concept, Formula Blue, the franchisor’s latest prototype design is meant to appeal to Holiday Inn Express’s target guest—the “smart traveler.”   The renovation is being completed one floor at a time to ensure that guest impact is minimal before a schedule completion date in the second quarter of 2017.

Aviation Garden Sets Home2 Suites St Simons Island Apart

img_2516MMI Hospitality Group will expand its hospitality offerings on St Simons Island with the opening of the Home2 Suites at Malcolm McKinnon Airport on St. Simons.  Recognizing the site’s legacy and association with aeronautics, owners engaged Sea Island Landscaping to create an “Aviation Garden” based off the most basic principle of flight – the airfoil.

Upon entering the garden, it becomes clear that the pool is different than most standard commercial pools…it is in the basic shape of an airfoil.  However, in looking closer, it becomes obvious that the concept is not confined to simply the pool.  It is carried out throughout the entire pool (Aviation) garden.

From the pavers, to the shape of the seating areas, to the selection and placement of the plant materials, the basic principles of the physics of the airfoil are carried out through the garden.  David Wentworth of Sea Island Landscaping, states, “It becomes a living wind tunnel.  The placement of the airfoil, allows for the wind to funnel between the hotel building and the terminal building.  When one enters through the main gate and takes their eye across the airfoil, they virtually take flight out to the tarmac.”

Looking closer, the aviation theme is carried out on a more intimate scale with the selection of aviation artwork including an area designated for “Sculptor of the Year”.  This provides for the area to continue to be updated by local artists for returning guests to experience.

Director of Human Resources Announced

renee-stormesWe are excited to share that Renee Stormes has joined MMI Hospitality Group as Director of Human Resources.  With a resume that includes leadership roles and degrees in human resources and labor relations as well as hotel, restaurant and travel administration, I am confident in knowing that she is well suited to support the MMI family.

Renee began her career with MMI this week and is studying our handbook, policies and procedures feverishly in advance of getting out to meet the many Team Members she will support in her role going forward.

She is excited about this new role where she will bring two loves (HR and hospitality) together!

To learn more about Renee, you can visit her LinkedIn Profile.

MMI Announces New Home Office Leaders

mmihospitalityfinaltransparentMMI Hospitality Group, a full-service hospitality development and management company, announces the addition of four, new Home Office Team Members.

MMI is excited to share that Renee Stormes has joined MMI Hospitality Group as Director of Human Resources.  “With a resume that includes leadership roles and degrees in human resources and labor relations as well as hotel, restaurant and travel administration, we am confident in knowing that she is well suited to support the MMI family,” stated Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hospitality Group.

Amy Smith knows that excelling in IT requires a balance of technical and communication skills.  As MMI’s newest IT Specialist, Smith has already taken great strides in bolstering the full-service model that MMI Hospitality Group in known for.  The statement: “If you aren’t serving the guest, we at MMI are charged to serve those who are serving the guests.” is a company mantra.

Additionally, MMI Hotel Group, a division of MMI Hospitality Group, has selected Blake Butler to support its property teams as Resource Manager.  With operational experience at both Hilton and IHG-franchised hotels, Blake is qualified to tackle various tasks.  Just recently, Blake was recognized as Hotel Manager of the Year for the Holiday Inn Express he opened and led in Brookhaven, MS.

MMI Dining Systems, the company’s contract food service division, added Gene Pickardt to its team as Resource Manager.  Directly interacting with a number of organizations’ board and F&B Team Members, Pickardt demonstrates hospitality daily.