Hotel Charleston Airport and Convention Center in North Charleston,
|NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – March 30, 2007 – John
Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts today announced Peter Steketee as general
manager of the Embassy Suites® Hotel Charleston Airport and Convention
Center in North Charleston (www.embassysuitescharleston.com).
Throughout his 30 years of hospitality experience, Steketee has received numerous awards and honors, including Embassy Suites Hotel’s 2005 General Manager of the Year. He also brings seasoned management and sales experience garnered from his service at hotels and hotel companies in eight states throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboards. The Embassy Suites Hotel Charleston Airport is operated by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com).
Preceding his appointment, Steketee served as general manager for the Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa and Conference Center. His ability to develop effective management teams and build loyal client partnerships increased the hotel’s market share and garnered prestigious performance recognition from the Embassy Suites Hotels brand. In 2005, the hotel was ranked as the best full-service hotel based on associate satisfaction in the John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts portfolio. Prior, Steketee held general manager positions with hotels and conference centers in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; and Fort Lee, New Jersey. He is a Michigan State University graduate and began in the hospitality industry as a director of sales and front office manager with the Holiday Inn in Lansing, Mich.
“The position of general manager requires proven leadership, extensive management experience and the ability to relate to varied environments and people on all levels,” said Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. “Peter has a proven track record of successful leadership and a strong commitment to providing quality guest experiences. We are confident in his abilities to advance the company’s commitment to excellence.”
Steketee’s awards and industry honors include Embassy Suites Hotels’ General Manager of the Year (2005), Illinois Lodging Association’s Illinois Hotelier of the Year (2000) and numerous excellence awards for quality performance. His civic and industry contributions have included past board leadership positions of the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and Hillsborough County Florida Hotel Motel Association, as well as YMCA involvement in Chicago and St. Petersburg.
“It’s a pleasure to work with a general manager of Peter’s caliber. His seasoned sales experience, financial management and employee relations skills will greatly contribute to the success of the hotel,” said Bill Mead, regional vice president for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.
About the Embassy Suites Hotel Charleston Airport and Convention
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