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How Kemmons Wilson Transformed Lodging

How Kemmons Wilson Transformed Lodging

On August 17, 1968, Kemmons Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inn, opened the chain’s 1,000th location in San Antonio, Texas. In the 16 years since Wilson launched the brand with his first property in Memphis, Tennessee, he had transformed the ...

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AH&LA Chair Jim Abrahamson Looks to Make a Lasting Impact

AH&LA Chair Jim Abrahamson Looks to Make a Lasting Impact

If there’s a hat in the lodging industry, Jim Abrahamson has probably worn it. He’s filled hourly positions and general manager roles at individual properties and provided executive leadership in operations, finance and development, and franchising across portfolios at several ...

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The First Hilton Renaissance

The First Hilton Renaissance

Financially successful and expanding, in 1949 Hilton Hotels was a company on the rise in an industry still struggling from the bleak days of the Great Depression. Founder Conrad Hilton was on the verge of making his name synonymous with ...

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