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.

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.

MMI Selected to Manage Operations for Ridgeland Hotel

unnamedMMI Hotel Group, a full-service hospitality management company, has been appointed by Rambakir of America, LLC to oversee all operations and sales services for the 111-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites–Ridgeland.  Having recently completed a refresh of the property’s interiors and parking lot, the hotel is positioned well for IHG Reward Club members and highway-bookers alike.  The consistency that a traditional Holiday Inn Express guest has come to expect will be found in Ridgeland.

MMI will add Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Ridgeland to an already strong portfolio of independent and franchised select-service hotels across greater Jackson.  “Strength comes in numbers when one is looking to ensure a quality of experience across a community,” stated Scott Sledge, VP of Operations for MMI Hotel Group.  “Our reputation stands on the security and service provided in our hotels for first time visitors and long-term business relationships alike.  We believe the community will recognize the support MMI brings to the existing on-property and are grateful to the hotel’s owners for giving us this opportunity.”

The Pilot House Under New Leadership

Sidney Ashmore was recently named Restaurant Manager for The Pilot House located at Hotel Vue in Natchez, MS.  The announcement was made by Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hospitality Groasup.

In taking the helm at The Pilot House, Ashmore returns to his home state after exercising his creative and professional training both at restaurants and event venues in greater Chicago.  He has over 15 years of experience in food and beverage, from casual to upscale fine dining, and private corporate parties and meetings, as well as weddings and grand receptions.

While in the Midwest, Sidney was recognized in a local article for his Southern flair creating pasta and pizzas. Sidney will be working directly with Executive Chef Brad Seyfarth to further The Pilot House’s experience high on the bluff.  Signature cocktails and shareable dishes will come to life as Hotel Vue’s signature restaurant is energized by Sidney’s experience.

“You can expect a comfort experience in 2017 with a new, casual menu and sincere service, “ Ashmore added.

MMI Expands Management Support in Mississippi Delta

at-the-crossroads-clarksdaleMMI Hotel Group was retained to manage all operations and sales services for Chawla Hotel’s three properties in Clarksdale, MS.  The portfolio of hotels includes Hilton and Choice brands with the Hampton Inn already being recognized with a Lighthouse Award as one of the top 5% of Hampton hotels in 2015 – recognized for high rankings in accommodations, service and quality.

“We are delighted to further our operations and marketing support for the Chawla family.  There is no greater growth than with partners who value your work and desire to give you more opportunities to prove yourself,” said Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group.

All three properties will continue to be owned by Chawla Hotels, the MS Delta’s largest developer and owner of quality, select service hotels.

MMI Adds Hilton & IHG Hotels

MMI Hotel Group recently executed third-party management contracts for two north Mississippi hotel properties.  As of March 1, 2016, Holiday Inn Express – Grenada, MS began receiving the support of MMI’s suite of hospitality management and marketing services.  Hampton Inn – Yazoo City, MS will join the MMI family on April 1, 2016.  Both properties will continue to be owned by Chawla Hotels, the MS Delta’s largest developer and owner of quality, select service hotels.

“We are pleased to extend our corporate support to the Chawla family as they continue to invest in the communities that value true Southern hospitality,” stated Micajah Sturdivant, President at MMI Hotel Group.  “We believe we will be able to provide immediate operational support to the properties thereby allowing ownership to dedicate their attention to continued expansion.”  MMI’s long-term relationships with Hilton and IHG enable its team to leverage a host of resources for Team Members and guests alike.

Cabot Lodge Supported By Red Lion Franchise System

CabotLogo-RLHWe are excited to share that a relationship between Cabot Lodge Jackson North and Red Lion Hotel Corporation has been finalized.  The attached press release gives an overview of the arrangement.  With long-term, personal relationships into the new executive team at Red Lion, a Pacific Northwest-based and themed hotel franchisor, our MMI team has explored the possibility of adding an international franchisor’s back-end systems, distribution and support to the Cabot Lodge brand.

We believe exciting results are in the near future which will justify expanding our relationship with Red Lion within our Cabot Lodge portfolio of hotels and beyond.

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MMI Hospitality Group Recognized among Mississippi’s Best Employers

Shelby Trusty, Director of Human Resources for MMI Hospitality Group, accepts the Best Places to Work honor from MBJ Publisher Alan Turner.

Shelby Trusty, Director of Human Resources for MMI Hospitality Group, accepts the Best Places to Work honor from MBJ Publisher Alan Turner.

MMI Hospitality Group is immensely honored to be recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal in their 2015 Best Places to Work in Mississippi listing. On Friday, June 26th, MMI Hospitality Group was honored at a luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Business Journal in Jackson, Mississippi where it was recognized in the large category among other noteworthy employers.

MMI Hospitality Group centers itself around its Core Values: We put people first; We pursue excellence; We embrace change; We act with integrity; and We serve our community. These values make us who we are. As we change and grow, the beliefs that are most important to us stay the same. Being part of MMI Hospitality Group means being part of a family with a proud history and a thriving culture.

MMI does not use the word “employee”. We use the term Team Member to recognize that we are all part of a team working together towards a common goal. We support each other to achieve success. This practice results in our Team Members remaining engaged in our work, as well as low turnover. To reward service, MMI offers recognition at each milestone anniversary. Our co-founder, Mr. Earle Jones, began our first service recognition program around the principle of providing an “experience” for each Team Member. Since our business is all about serving guests, Mr. Jones wanted to allow our Team Members to BE the guest. At 20 years, Team Members receive a Carnival cruise for two. At 30 years, Team Members are given an allowance for a 4 night/5 day vacation for two anywhere in the continental US. At 40 years, Team Members are given an allowance for a 5 night/6 day vacation for two to the location of their choice. Monetary awards are given at other milestone anniversaries.

MMI values our people. We place an importance on celebrating not only our successes as a company, but also those of our people. If you walk in to any of our locations on any given day, you may encounter a birthday celebration, a baby shower for a Team Member, or a monthly Team Member Appreciation luncheon. We want our people to enjoy their time at MMI and spread that positive attitude on to the guests we encounter each day.

From the very beginning, MMI has been more than just a business. We are a family, first. Our business has grown quite a bit since that first day in 1956, and our family has grown right along with it. Handshakes are passed on and hugs run rampant, and as we continue to grow, we promise that this will never change.

Each year, the MBJ accepts nominations from Mississippi businesses for this recognition. Partnered with Southern Research Group, MBJ sends out surveys to the Team Members of each business to measure different factors that make a great place to work such as engagement, transparency, development, fairness, and trust. Team Members are asked to anonymously rank their employer on this survey, and results are submitted directly to Southern Research Group who compiles the data and designates the honorees that make the list.