Jason Perkins joins The Karol Hotel, Adam Duffey moves to Fenway Hotel
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2022) – Tampa-based hospitality company Mainsail Lodging & Development has appointed Jason Perkins as General Manager of The Karol Hotel, the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. Perkins is replacing Adam Duffey, who is now the new General Manager of the historic Fenway Hotel in Dunedin, Florida. Both Perkins and Duffey will oversee hiring, training, and day-to-day operations at their respective properties, while maintaining implementation of Mainsail’s service strategies and initiatives to exceed guest expectations and increase market share.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jason to the Mainsail team and have Adam take the helm at Fenway Hotel,” said Joe Collier, President and Founder, Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Both bring extensive industry experience, passion for hospitality and intuitive leadership to these two boutique Tampa properties.”
Before becoming General Manager at The Karol Hotel, Perkins was Dual Director of Operations at the Lexington Marriott City Center & Residence Inn in Kentucky, where he guided the successful openings of two hotels and a rooftop restaurant. Prior to that, he was Director of Services at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in North Carolina. Perkins began his career as a Front Office Manager at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport and worked his way up through various positions at esteemed properties, including the Hotel Adagio in San Francisco and the W Atlanta Downtown. With more than 15 years in the hospitality industry, Perkins has a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from University of South Florida.
“Jason has devoted his entire career to the domestic hotel industry,” said Collier. “We look forward to him sharing his knowledge and expertise from hotels across the country with the guests and staff of The Karol, as well as our team at Mainsail.”
As former General Manager of The Karol Hotel, Adam Duffey helped open the property in 2020 and was recognized as Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice and AAA Four Diamond. A motivational leader with high expectations, Duffey developed his management and operations skill set in the Tampa/St. Pete area’s thriving hotel industry and continues to excel. “We’re confident Adam will bring his same level of enthusiasm and passion for service to Fenway,” added Collier.
The Karol Hotel is named for and inspired by Karol Kelly Bullard, “Miss Karol K,” wife of Fred Bullard, CEO of The Bullard Group, developer and owner of the property. The boutique hotel features 123 guest rooms and suites; the Vantage Rooftop Bar overlooking Tampa Bay; the signature K Club Bar & Bistro; a combined 7,340 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and executive conference rooms; and an outside pool and fitness center.
Originally opened in 1927, Fenway Hotel is an icon of the jazz age, playing host to notable explorers, artists, politicians, musicians and living legends in its time as an operating hotel. Considered the “most historically valuable structure” in Dunedin, Florida, the hotel was also home to the first radio station in Pinellas County, which began broadcasting in 1925. Today, the Fenway Hotel is a Mainsail Lodging & Development project in collaboration with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, which opened (Fall 2018) as a member of the prestigious Autograph Collection of Marriott International.