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.


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.


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.


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.

Top 10 Benefits of Working in Hospitality

If you are like any normal student who did not score full rides to college, you probably had work to do while in school. You may have had the babysitter gig, been a waiter, bussed tables, delivered pizzas, or something else related to service.

You also probably never thought you would do anything remotely similar to that job once you got into the “real world” as they call it. Most of these jobs are serving people, and are categorized in the Hospitality industry.

While you may have not ever imagined yourself in one of these environments full-time, I am going to show you 10 reasons why a career in hospitality may be the right fit for you.

The Top 10 Reasons Hospitality Is The Right Path For You

  1. Challenging And Fast-Paced Environment

Do you ever feel like it is groundhog day? You get up, brush your teeth, take a shower (I hope), go to school/work and learn/do the same things, come home, watch Netflix while eating dinner and go to bed.

Any job in Hospitality is so far removed from this concept that if it were a planet, it would be farther from the sun than Pluto! Each day is a new day with new challenges. If you prefer to do the same thing over and over again, be my guest (pun intended).

  1. Career Stability

After the recession in 2008-2009, many markets crashed and jobs became scarce. Do you have any idea of where people went to work after being laid off? You guessed it – Hospitality.

Jobs in hospitality have grown 17% from 2004 – 2014 compared to the average of others at 14%.

  1. Climb The Ladder…Two Rungs At Once!

The great thing about hospitality is that everyone is given a shot to climb their way to the top. Although the same could be said of other industries, hospitality is drenched with opportunity to earn more responsibility and grow in status. Even a Busboy can grow to be a Store Manager.

  1. Knowledge and Skill Growth

Similarly to the idea of climbing the ladder, you are always learning something new – from new knowledge to knowing how to handle complicated situations. After just a year on a job, you are exposed to many challenges that force you to expand your figurative tool belt.

For example, a Bellhop learns how to observe little details to enhance service level, a Catering Manager learns different menu styles for different groups soon knowing what a group needs before being asked, and a waitress learns to balance ten plates on her head (okay maybe that is a stretch, but you get the point).

  1. Cultural Exposure

Just as hospitality jobs are everywhere, so will you meet people from everywhere. A large part of Hospitality is giving people respite from traveling and normal work/life activities.

You are going to see many people from all across the world come through your doors. Where else can you meet a Russian, a Jamaican, and an Australian all in one day?

  1. Visible Impact

Some people who work in manufacturing plants or in software programming do not get the chance to see the end product. In the Hospitality space, you get to see how your actions make someone’s day in real-time. For example, a Waiter may count the number of people he makes smile in one shift.

  1. Do You Like People?

If you are any relative of an extrovert (even a second-cousin), you will find your fill in hospitality. If you are an introvert, that is also okay! There are jobs for you too such as a Catering Chef or a Virtual Travel Agent.

  1. Flexibility (but we’re not talking about Yoga)

Some may wince at the idea that I am talking about the idea of flexibility, often citing working holidays, weekends and nights. The truth of the matter is that you also have a flexible work schedule where you can set the tone for when you want to work.

In a traditional environment, you are handcuffed to the 9-5 slot every day! What a difference it could make if you could beat the traffic or go grocery shopping without the hustle and bustle.

  1. Do You Like Being Around Cool People?

The thing about hospitality is that you are surrounded around by really cool people all of the time. What other environment offers a culture where everyone shares the philosophy of serving other people?

  1. Bring Out Your Inner Entrepreneur

You will often find yourself getting creative with problem-solving and implementing on-the-go solutions that are Entrepreneur-esque. With other jobs, you are typically tied to policies and regulations, but most of the time in Hospitality you can make a change with the snap of your fingers and you get to see the bottom-line results.

Hospitality may not be for everyone, I get it. there are some people who like dull lives where they would rather sit in a cubicle at the same time every day for the rest of their lives. But, if you are looking for something more than that, a chance to grow and make a difference one person at a time, hospitality may be the gig for you.

Thanks to Jackie Edwards for providing MMI with this content.

Think BIG

MMI Hotel Group, a Mississippi-based hotel management company who manages Hilton and IHG branded hotels for the Chawla family, is pleased to share that entrepreneurialism is alive and relationships still matter.   Yesterday, Chawla Hotels announced Scion at West End will be the first location of the American Idea Hotel’s newest brand by Trump Hotels.  The new hotel will be located in Cleveland, MS – one of several communities in the Mississippi Delta where the Chawla family owns hotels.


The first Scion Hotel by Trump Hotels is going to be in Mississippi?

Mississippi is actually the home to several firsts.  Every corner of the world has its own signature music, art and literature, but Mississippi has a depth of cultural richness that few regions can rival.  In addition to the artists, authors, and a long list of recipes worthy of recognition, the State of Mississippi’s significance in America’s music proved significant enough to authorize the nation’s only Grammy-sanctioned museum outside of L.A. (and we don’t mean Lower Alabama).


An official Grammy Museum in Mississippi?

An official Grammy Museum in Mississippi?  Yes.  Carved between miles of row crops covering the majority of the Mississippi Delta is this uniquely Southern tribute to America’s music.  For years, this unique pocket of American life has produced a culture of creativity (highlighting music and food) and a focus on the innate senses of hospitality.  Mississippi was tagged as “The Hospitality State” many moons ago for a reason…and it still rings true today.

We at MMI Hotel Group might be biased in this belief because we have roots in the Mississippi Delta and have been sharing this hospitality with hotel guests across the Southeast for over sixty years.  It is the same commitment that die-hard corporate travelers and international tourists alike have been amazed to experience in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the traditions of society, art, music, and food that might be taken for granted elsewhere.

Congratulations to Dinesh & Suresh Chawla for thinking BIG.  Their sense of hospitality obviously resonated with Donald Trump, Jr. and the Trump Hotels team.  The Delta thanks you for this recognition.