SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--August 30, 2011--John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts today announced Joseph (Joe) Kelly’s appointment to regional vice president. The 28-year hospitality veteran will be responsible for overseeing operations for 13 of John Q. Hammons’ properties in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Kelly will report to Joe Morrissey, senior vice president of operations for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ national portfolio of 78 hotels in 24 states. Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.
Most recently, Kelly served as general manager of John Q. Hammons’ Embassy Suites Tampa Hotel & Conference Center near the University of South Florida and Busch Gardens. His expanded responsibilities include product quality, operations efficiencies, financial performance and talent management on behalf of John Q. Hammons’ Embassy Suites Hotels, Homewood Suites, Renaissance and Residence Inn branded properties in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Prior to his joining John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Kelly was vice president of operations at Atlanta-based Lodgian Inc., where he was responsible for 28 hotels. His hospitality career also includes eight years with Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., where he served as general manager for Radisson and Holiday Inn branded properties. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Management at State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed the Executive Development Program from the College of Business at The Ohio State University.
“Joe has a collaborative, hands-on leadership style that translates to impressive performance results,” Morrissey said. “His extensive experience with sales, marketing and operations for top hotel franchises is ideal for John Q. Hammons’ diverse portfolio.”
About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Embassy Suites Hotels; Hampton Inn & Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Marriott; Plaza Hotels Collection; Radisson; Renaissance; Residence Inn by Marriott; and Sheraton. With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.