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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.
“Joe has a collaborative, hands-on leadership style that translates to impressive performance results”
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.”