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FelCor’s Rick Smith Ready to Go on the Offensive

FelCor’s Rick Smith Ready to Go on the Offensive

When Rick Smith became chief financial officer of FelCor Lodging Trust in 2004, the Irving, Texas-based company owned a lot of assets that didn’t make sense in a REIT model. These 25- to 30-year-old, side-of-the-road hotels in secondary and tertiary ...

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Capstone Development Founder Listens to His Gut

Capstone Development Founder Listens to His Gut

While most were just trying to stay afloat at the peak of the Great Recession in 2008, Norman Jenkins was busy moving forward, leaving behind a senior vice president position with Marriott International to launch his own company, Capstone Development. ...

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Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Known affectionately throughout the brand as “Mama Wolf,” Kim Schaefer has led the “pack” as CEO of Great Wolf Resorts since January 2009. While Schaefer recently transitioned to chief brand officer and will move to the board of directors next ...

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How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

As the granddaughter of a Greek diner owner in western Massachusetts, Niki Leondakis has very fond memories of growing up in the hospitality business. “I watched my grandmother’s unique version of hospitality and how she balanced and juggled all the ...

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How M.K. Guertin Defined Best Western’s Mission

How M.K. Guertin Defined Best Western’s Mission

Long before the inception of TripAdvisor and GPS, travelers relied on word-of-mouth recommendations, print directories, and guidebooks to find the right place to lay their heads. As early as the 1920s, motel owners began organizing referral systems through which they ...

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