Cotton House Hotel Breaks Ground

With expectations in place to complete construction in the first quarter of 2019, The Cotton House Cleveland, MS is well underway.  A recent article in Delta Business Journal provided an update on this welcomed offering for the community and the travelers from around the world who are intrigued by the culture and caring that Mississippi is known for.

Home2 Story Flies Around the World

Home2 Suites St Simons Island, GA continues to receive global recognition for its unique setting attached to a newly constructed FBO at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI).  The 88-suite hotel is just over a year old, but already claiming great praise for its finishes and features.

Aviation International News recently completed a FBO spotlight on Golden Isles Aviation.

Converting to Formula Blue

The Holiday Inn Express – Winona, Mississippi will soon begin updating the decor throughout the hotel to be in line with the brand’s new look and feel.  Titled “Formula Blue”, the fresh interior design package will align the hotel with any new Holiday Inn Express that is opening this year.

This will be the second Holiday Inn Express & Suites that MMI Hotel Group has managed through a Formula Blue conversion in the last two years.  Communicating about and coordinating the construction such that guest impact is minimized is critical.  MMI has been successful in retaining guests through the process and positioning the hotel appropriately as the work is completed in a manner which provides the returns that ownership needs to pay for the work IHG requires.  We look forward to sharing this same strategy for Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Winona.

Airbnb, Labor Concerns, Tax Reform Lead Exec Forum

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Hotel industry leaders who attended the recent Presidents’ Dinner in conjunction with the Memphis Lodging Industry Update were eager to speak about a number of topics affecting their businesses, but five portions of the two-hour conversation commanded most of the attention.

For the third year, Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, was asked to participate in this open discussion among the region’s top hotel ownership and management companies.  Remarks from the forum are provided in the link below.

http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/275778/Airbnb-labor-concerns-tax-reform-lead-exec-forum

Cabot Lodge Leadership Update

(l-t-r) Emily Chandler, Scott May, Harriett Burt

Cabot Lodge’s unique decor and amenity offerings have resonated with guests since the brand’s inception in the mid 1980s.  More important, though, is the sincere service that the team has been recognized with time and time again.  This focus on each guest interaction has been a priority of property leadership for years.  In fact, three of those tenured leaders have recently been promoted to exciting new positions.

Recognizing that markets move and brands must remain relevant, the Cabot Lodge hotels of greater Jackson will be working together to coordinate communication and consistent, positive guest experiences with the promotion of Scott May to Area General Manager – Cabot Lodge brand.  Scott’s tenure with Cabot Lodge’s founding company, MMI Hotel Group spans nearly years serving in a number of the company’s hotels across the Southeast.

Directly supporting Scott on a per-property basis will be Harriett Burt and Emily Chandler, two additional MMI veterans.  Harriett Burt has been promoted to Assistant General Manager, Cabot Lodge at Millsaps College.  Emily Chandler has been promote to Assistant General Manager, Cabot Lodge – Ridgeland.

The combined tenure of these three MMI team members exceeds 50 years of service to their guests and their teams.

MMI Asked to Manage IHG Hotel

MMI Hospitality Group is pleased to share that its hotel management division, MMI Hotel Group, has been asked to oversee all responsibilities of the recently acquired Holiday Inn Express & Suites -Winona, Mississippi.   The subject property is the first IHG asset for the ownership group and, therefore, having MMI as its third-party management company provides all parties with the confidence that the guest experience and franchise relations will earn high marks.

MMI Hotel Group has worked continuously with IHG since our company’s founding in 1956 when MMI opened the thirteenth Holiday Inn in the world.  Through this long-lasting relationship, MMI has not only been awarded for top performing properties across a number of categories, but has held positions of influence and leadership in the IHG Owners Association with three past Chairmen of the Board being MMI executives.

Well Deserved Recognition

More than 350 attended the inaugural Golden Isles Hospitality Celebration last night as a time to recognize individuals, businesses and other organizations for their contributions to Glynn County’s tourism industry.  Eight awards were given including The Behind the Scenes Award which honors an individual who works tirelessly as a champion of tourism with little recognition.  It went to MMI’s own Connie Towns, for her 40 years in housekeeping at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  (We knew the judges would have been crazy to consider anyone else!)

A native of Glynn County, Connie has worked in The King and Prince Resort’s Housekeeping Department for four decades, and now serves as the department manager. Connie has always known that a big part of the guest experience is the hotel accommodations – their home away from home. Her passion for making that “home” the best it can be has helped bring countless tourists to The King and Prince throughout her years of service. Some say that a smile is the most important part of a hospitality professional’s uniform. Connie’s love for her job and her co workers shines through in the the bright smile and positive attitude with which she greets everyone she encounters. Housekeeping is a difficult job on both body and mind. It takes a high energy individual to succeed in that field, and Connie’s enthusiasm inspires the housekeeping team to take pride in their hard work.

Connie’s reliability and work ethic make up the cornerstone of her success, and set a great example for the entire King and Prince team in their goal to provide excellent service with Southern hospitality.

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/inaugural-golden-isles-hospitality-celebration-turnout-overwhelming/article_310a12c0-9070-5c31-9fcc-11c99d89e744.html

New Year. New Projects.

With the beginning of a new year comes new opportunities for MMI to spread the warmth of hospitality to more guests and team members in new markets across the Southeast.  It is exciting to share a bit of information about the various projects in our development pipeline including:

– Hotel Indigo, Hattiesburg, MS (opening summer 2018)

– Hampton Inn & Suites, Saraland, AL (opening winter 2018)

– The Cotton House Hotel, Cleveland, MS (opening spring 2019)

– to-be-named Overton Square hotel, Memphis, TN (opening spring 2020)

These four projects demonstrate the range of capabilities the MMI family is skilled at executing on behalf of the assets’ owners.  Franchised.  Independent.  Select-Service.  Full-Service.  MMI Hotel Group can confidently say that we do it all by building on the legacy of sincere interest in our people and how we all relate to trends in travel patterns, customer preferences, and a keen ear for local intelligence.

Georgia Superintendents Name Moore their Best of the Year

Chuck Moore, Golf Course Superintendent. The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club, 100 Tabbystone, St. Simons Island, GA. Photographed on 11/01/2017.

Members of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association have lauded Chuck Moore from The King and Prince Golf Course on St. Simons Island as their Superintendent of the Year. Moore was honored in front of about 200 colleagues and industry representatives during the association’s annual awards banquet at The King and Prince Beach Resort on December 4.

Moore was selected on the basis of his agronomic expertise along with his extensive support for his colleagues and association over many years. Rick Mattox, general manager at The King and Prince Golf Course, describes Moore as “one of the kindest and most innovative people I have ever known.” “He has provided our facility with a quality product day in and day out since he started,” he adds.

Moore has been superintendent at The King and Prince since the summer of 2000 but his relationship with the Joe Lee design began in 1995. He arrived as an intern under former Georgia GCSA director, Berry Collett, CGCS. He stayed on as a crew member after graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and worked his way up to the assistant superintendent’s role. In 1999, he left for his first golf course superintendent position at Francis Lake Golf Club in Lake Park.

Soon after, Collett accepted the role of director of golf course maintenance at Sea Island Golf Club where he hosts the RSM Classic for the PGA Tour. Moore was immediately invited back and has been at The King and Prince ever since. Over that time Moore has hosted the Georgia GCSA golf championship four times and the association’s popular bermudagrass conference 10 times.

“Chuck’s dedication to his golf course, his facility and to the betterment of his colleagues sets the bar for all of us,” says new Georgia GCSA president Scott Griffith, from the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens. “He epitomizes what it takes to earn this award, which is the highest honor we can bestow.” The Superintendent of the Year award is presented in partnership with Corbin Turf and Ornamental Supply.

MMI HIRES DAVE JENNER AS CFO

We are excited to announce that Dave Jenner has accepted the role of Chief Financial Officer of MMI Hospitality Group.  For the first time in a long time, we have chosen a candidate outside of the MMI family who we believe respects our corporate culture while bringing industry insight and fresh perspective to our executive team in the Home Office.  Dave’s first day with MMI will be Monday, December 4, 2017.

Dave comes to us after growing Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s largest hotel management company, 10x and taking it public, serving in various roles at Gaylord Opryland and overseeing finance at The Atlantis in The Bahamas.  We are excited to build on Dave’s experience as our various business units explore new ways of working and growth opportunities.

Mike Hart’s title will change to Senior Vice President – Finance for MMI Hospitality Group effective January 1, 2018.  Thereafter, he will be focused on our founding families’ investments while sharing his many years of experience in the MMI CFO role.  Everyone recognizes that Dave has big shoes to fill following Mike in the role of CFO.

Once Dave gets settled into his new office in Flowood, he will shadow Mike’s work through year-end and then begin to reach out and introduce himself to the larger MMI family of team members.