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.

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 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.”

Sturdivant Completes Service on IHG Owners Association Board of Directors

logomasterAfter serving on the IHG Owners Association Global Board of Directors for 2015, MMI Hotel Group President Micajah Sturdivant returns to focus his attention to local matters.  Since the 1950s, a MMI leader has been involved in some form or fashion in the IHG Owners Association.  This body was formed soon after Kemmons Wilson developed the Holiday Inn brand and the Jones and Sturdivant families invested in franchises.  Recognizing the opportunity to work with the franchisor in a collaborative manner, the Owners Association has grown to carry great influence for the entire hospitality industry.

Today, The IHG Owners Association is the owners’ voice to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). The organization is comprised of owners of IHG properties throughout the world, working hand-in-hand to improve the profitability of our hotels, strengthen our system and exchange ideas and best practices. The Association represents the interests of nearly 2,000 owners and operators of more than 3,400 IHG brand hotels.  The Association works together with IHG to maintain the highest professional hospitality standards for its brands.

Mike Sturdivant, Earle Jones, and Gaines Sturdivant have all had to honor of serving as President of the IHG Owners Association.

When Micajah joined MMI nearly 10 years ago, he was encouraged to immediately begin volunteering for this advisory organization.  After serving on and leading various committees for several years, the 2015 President selected Micajah to serve on the Global Board.  The IHG Owners Association Board of Directors is responsible for leading the Association and determining the direction it will take to fulfill its mission.

The Board is comprised of 24 owners of IHG brand hotels who are also leaders in the hospitality industry, from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). IHG senior executives also hold seats on the Board.

Hotel Vue Welcomes Executive Chef Wallace

Hotel Vue is very excited to introduce Cody Wallace, ou11742624_873989889362244_8160337855408791729_nr new Executive Chef.

Cody Wallace was recently named Executive Chef for Hotel Vue located Natchez, MS. The announcement was made by Clara Nell Brown, General Manager of the 91 room property.

Wallace previously served as Executive Chef at Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant, a small town steak and seafood restaurant located in Calhoun, LA. His primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of the culinary department while promoting southern hospitality and maintaining the highest quality food standards.

MMI Hotel Group Designed to Assist Hotel Ownerships with Wide-Ranging Hotel Management Services

With a near 60 year history, MMI Hotel Group is broadening its portfolio by delivering comprehensive development and third party management services to owners and partners. Having great success in franchisor relationships and industry leading independent branding and operational strategies, MMI Hotel Group is ready to assist any ownership structure with achieving strong financial results and top of the line asset care. The company’s roots and successes are centered on the relationships and culture it creates within its people, hotels and industry partnerships.

If you are ready to discuss your hotel’s potential and how we can improve performance and create a higher return on your asset, contact us today.


For more information on MMI please contact:

Jack Warner, Director of Strategic Partnerships

MMI Hotel Group

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MMI Hotel Group to assume management of Natchez hotel

MMI Hotel Group will assume management of the Vue Hotel and Restaurant located in Natchez, MS effective September 29th. The hotel was recently acquired by Riverview Hotel Management, a limited liability company formed by local investors and businessmen.

Beyond the daily operations, the hotel management company will be assisting the ownership with re-branding the property as well as any upgrade and renovation efforts associated with the acquisition.

MMI Hotel Group is the hotel management company division of MMI Hospitality headquartered in Flowood, MS.

“It will be the company’s first managed property in Natchez.” Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, says. “The company is excited to be entering the Natchez market and partnering with local, successful leadership.”

The company currently owns, operates or manages select and full service hotels across the Southeastern United States and over 50 locations where it manages the food & beverage operations of non-hotel properties through MMI Dining Services.

“The company is currently pursuing more management opportunities across the Southeast,” said Jack Warner, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “This partnership in Natchez further demonstrates the future of our management company. We are partnering with local ownership that are taking a distressed asset and wanting to make it something the community is proud of. We are actively looking for hotel ownership that needs assistance in turning around or developing a property and creating a larger return on investment.”

About MMI Hotel Group

MMI was founded in 1956 with the operation of its first property – a Holiday Inn in Meridian, Mississippi (among this national chain’s first Inns). MMI is comprised of two distinct, yet fully interdependent and complementing divisions: MMI Hotel Group, a hotel management company and MMI Dining Systems, a food and beverage operator. Together, the two divisions own, manage or serve over 100 locations in the southeast U.S., bringing the MMI commitment to excellence to tens of thousands of guests each day. MMI Hotel Group has operated over 50 hotel properties through ownership and management contracts throughout the Southeast. The size and sophistication of hotels within this portfolio covers the full spectrum of offerings from a limited service branded hotel to a historic, luxury beach and golf resort. Today, MMI Hotel Group is partnered with some of the nation’s most admired hospitality brands, including Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Preferred Hotels. And over the years, these franchised properties have been the recipients of numerous industry awards that reflect the hotel management company’s commitment to excellence.

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Island Charm, Mississippi Style

MMI and The King and Prince Resort were honored to be highlighted in the July / August issue of Mississippi Magazine.



The heart of the Sturdivant and Jones families and MMI has proven to go hand in hand with the warmth and kindness that The King and Prince has always embodied through the years.  “We strive to pride real-deal, authentic, to-the-core Southern hospitality,” says Micajah.  “That’s what we pride ourselves in – offering unrivaled Southern hospitality.”  The visionaries behind MMI – Earle and Mike – can surely rest easy knowing their mission of showcasing true hospitality, Mississippi-style is carrying on from generation to generation.

The full article can be found at King&Prince.