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Make Hospitality an Attractive Career
"As we progress from the pandemic, it is no secret that the hospitality industry faces serious challenges in finding and retaining needed staff, especially entry-level, frontline people who directly care for our guests." - Mark Ricketts
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McNeill Hotel Company Now Ranks at #43
Hotel Business released the latest survey results to reveal that McNeill Hotel Company ranks at #43 among Owners and Developers for 2021.
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Numerous Challenges Ahead as Industry Recovers
Mark Ricketts shares comments regarding the present challenges faced by the Hospitality Industry as recovery continues.
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TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2021
TripAdvisor has announced the winners for the Travelers' Choice Award for 2021. Fourteen of our portfolio have been recognized for this achievement. This award is earned by properties that consistently achieve great reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 10% of hotels on TripAdvisor. Listed below are the award winning hotels.
Home2 Suites By Hilton Gainesville
Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City-West Jordan
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis Germantown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Carmel
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
Home2 Suites by Hilton Waco
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham/280 East-Eagle Point
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Olive Branch
Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boise
Hyatt Place Bloomington - Normal
Hilton Garden Inn Twin Falls
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia / South
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
CleanStay by Hilton: Insights from Mark Ricketts
Mark Ricketts was asked to provide insights regarding CleanStay by Hilton for an article that was shared across the Hilton branded hotels. For an excerpt of the article, click the link below.
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40+ Management Companies to Know in 2021
McNeill Hotel Company is listed among the top hotel management companies in Hotel Lodging. Click the link to learn more.
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Hotel Sales Skills for Remote Buyers - Training Complete
McNeill Hotel Company announced today the completion of the company-wide roll-out of an innovative hotel sales training and coaching program, entitled Hotel Sales Skills for Remote Buyers, delivered by Kennedy Training Network, Inc.
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Industry of Inclusion
“We live in a diverse nation and society, and our industry gains when it reflects that reality, which includes the guests we serve,” said Mark Ricketts, president/COO, McNeill Hotel Company. “A diverse workforce and executive team offer perspectives different from that with which any single one of us may be familiar. It brings more voices and objectivity to the table. As Omari Head, founder of the National Institute of Lodging Education, a nonprofit focused on educating Black and Latinx audiences about hotel ownership, noted recently, research indicates that diverse and inclusive organizations achieve enhanced performance. Also, the more diverse we are, the better we will be able to attract new people to our company and industry. This is extremely important as we emerge from this pandemic.”
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Hospitality Can Help Bring Us Together
Mark Ricketts shares his thoughts regarding the ways that Hospitality can bring us together by focusing on Community Engagement.
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Hoteliers Capitalize on Valentine's Day Demand
Jennifer Driscoll, VP of Revenue Management, is quoted in an article for Costar Real Estate news publication. She shares her insights on the demand for hotel rooms for the upcoming Valentine's Day weekend.
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal Ranked #3 in U.S.
Our Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal ranks #3 in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report.
The best hotels are ranked using a comprehensive methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings. Click the link to learn more.
The more things change in the hotel industry
Mark Ricketts' latest article appears on Hotel News Now website. Even as we navigate extraordinary times, there’s great value in being “normal.”
Interview with Cedric Sharp, Area GM
Hear from Cedric Sharp, Area GM with McNeill Hotel Company as he shares about Kontactless and their QR code Bistro menu. The Courtyard Green Hills was able to implement a QR Code menu for guests to order from the Bistro with their mobile phones.
McNeill Hotel Company Refocuses on Staff, Sales Efforts
To navigate the coronavirus pandemic, owner/operator McNeill Hotel Company renewed its efforts in supporting employees and focusing on its sales team to bring in business. Click to learn more.
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Ensuring Our Next Generation of Hospitality Leadership
Mark Ricketts shares insights on developing future leaders in the industry. "Our future leaders are closely watching our present ones. If we demonstrate transparency, even-handedness in our dealings with others and a positive, but realistic attitude in everything we do, we will be inspiring and securing our next generation of hospitality leadership in the best ways possible." Click the link learn more.
Hotel Happy Hour with Mark Ricketts
The new episode of Hotel Happy Hour features Mark Ricketts, COO of McNeill Hotel Company. Mark shares thoughts on how his company, and the hotel industry, are dealing with Covid and talks about the importance of keeping employees and team members engaged in helping each other through the challenges we are all facing during these unprecedented times.
Tru by Hilton Rockwall Dallas NOW OPEN
The TRU by Hilton in Rockwall, Dallas today celebrated its official Grand Opening on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The Co-owners of the new hotel, Bill Margaritis and McNeill Hotel Company, announced that the McNeill Hotel Company will oversee all management and operations of the new hotel.
Three MHC Leaders Recognized as Top 30 under 30We are delighted to share that 3 of our young professionals have been featured by Hotel Management as Top Rising Stars in the Hotel Industry. Congratulations goes to William Green – Dual DOS SHS/HIS Columbia MD, Nicole Beck – DOS at Hyatt Place Huntsville AL, and Tiare Wolfgramm – GM at Hampton Inn & Suites West Jordan UT
Top Hotel Companies as Ranked by Hotel Management
Hotel Management's latest edition shows McNeill Hotel Company ranks at #92 among the Top Hotel Companies. As of June 2020 we have 2858 Guestrooms in 25 properties across the United States. This is a move from #125 in 2019. Click the link to learn more.
MHC Ranks #40 in Hotel Business for 2020
McNeill Hotel Company ranks at #40 among Hotel Owners and Developers in the latest edition of Hotel Business. This is a move from #59 in last year's edition.
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Support Our People in Challenging Times
This is the latest article from Mark Ricketts that is published on Hotel News Now regarding ways to support our employees.
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Sustaining Connections With Our Teams, Our Guests and Our Communities
Read the latest from Mark Ricketts on HotelExecutives.com. Here is an excerpt: "This article will explore the people part of the hospitality equation: how we must sustain relationships; the human touch within organizations, with our guests and with our communities at a time when all three have been strained in ways previously unimaginable."
MHC in the News
McNeill Hotel Company is mentioned in the article appearing on the Hotel News Now website. Click the link to learn more.
Congratulations to our Internal PromotionsIn an attempt to boost communication from the Corporate Offices to our individual hotels as well as provide additional
resources to each of our properties, we have created the position of Area General Manager. The Area General Managers will be
responsible for 3-4 hotels in addition to their “host hotel”, where they will be based. Through this new position, the Area GMs
will be able to visit each of their hotels on a more regular basis. In addition, we have asked each of the Area GMs to assist with
internal training and development, which will make us a much stronger company. Congratulations to the following individuals!
James Lalanne (Atlantic Southeast)
Cedric Sharp (Central)
Lana Murphy (Mid-South)
Sargis Mnatsakanyan (Mountain West)
Joe Kneeland (Central Coastal)
Matt McAtee (Upper Midwest)
We are proud to announce the promotion of Travis Murray to Vice President of Hotel Operations. Since joining our company in June
2018, Travis has been responsible for numerous initiatives within our company, including Hotel Effectiveness, Housekeeping
Training and our recent MHC Cleanliness Program. And most importantly, he introduced Mark Ricketts to Christine Trippi with The
Wise Pineapple! 😊 Whoop Whoop! In his new role, Travis will be responsible for the operations of our twenty five (25) current hotels
as well as the six (6) Area General Managers, Operations Support Specialist (Agnes) and the two Regional Maintenance Engineers
(Don Bates and Michael Rowley). Please join us in congratulating Travis on a much deserved promotion!
It was with great pleasure that we also announce the promotion of Agnes Siarkiewicz to Operations Support Specialist. Agnes
started her MHC career at the Hampton Inn & Suites Germantown as Front Desk Clerk. She most recently filled in for Heather
Rinehart as a Financial Analyst during Heather’s Maternity Leave. Please join us in congratulating Agnes on a much deserved
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A Time to Lead and Stay Positive
The latest article from Mark Ricketts appears on HotelExecutive.com. Excerpt: "Above all else, our team members, our strategic partners, our guests and our communities will remember how we conducted ourselves in stressful, even unprecedented times. How we perform now will have profound influence on these relationships going forward." Click the link to read the article.
MHC Participated in Hotels for Heroes
Hilton in partnership with American Express donated up to 1 million free hotel nights to frontline medical professionals who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. McNeill Hotel Company participated by providing over 1,800 room nights across our portfolio of Hilton branded hotels. We provided a clean and comfortable place for these heroes to stay while doing this critical work.
Hotel Optimization Virtual Event
Mark Ricketts participated on a panel during the Hotel Optimization virtual event. You can see his quotes as part of the discussion in the attached article found on HotelManagement.net.
Conscious Workplace Culture: How to Make a Difference
Mark Ricketts' latest article "Conscious Workplace Culture: How to Make a Difference" appears in Hotel Executive. Click the link to learn more.
Hampton Inn Athens: Re-Opened
McNeill Hotel Company's 112-room Hampton Inn Athens in Athens, Georgia re-opened for guests on June 1. The property is located at 2220 W. Broad Street in the Athens medical district, and nearby the University of Georgia, the historic Morton Theater and the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.
Short- and Mid-term Strategies for Select Service
The latest article from Mark Ricketts appears in Hotel News Now. Mark finishes the article with this: "Our training, asset and property management systems, organizational culture and sense of personal dignity have prepared us for this challenge, however unwelcome. If we keep our wits about us as well as our values and passion for caring about others, we will prevail through this unprecedented time in the best ways possible."
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Top Management Companies Listed by Hotel Management Magazine
McNeill Hotel Company is ranked 69th with 91 million in Gross Revenue for 2019.
Extended-stay hotels poised to weather drop in travel
Eleven out of the 25 hotels in McNeill Hotel Company’s management portfolio are extended stay, and 10 out of those 11 properties are performing better than the industry average, McNeill President and COO Mark Ricketts said.
View from the Top: Women with 2020 Vision
Anna Rench, VP of Hotel Acquisitions and Asset Management is featured in the latest edition from Hotel Management. Click the article to learn more as the article focuses on the leadership of women in Hospitality.
2020 Leadership Conference - Operation Gratitude
Click the link to view the attendees of our 2020 Leadership Conference participate in the Community Service Project - Operation Gratitude.
Beary Lovely Day
Secrets of Select Service Success
This article will discuss factors driving success in select service today and what the future may hold for this increasingly attractive and malleable class of property.
Mark Ricketts, President and COO
Valerie Bolton Shares Tips for Training
Valerie Bolton, our VP of Human Resources shares tips for training staff in Hotel Management magazine. Click the link to see more.
Market Study: Lessons learned when considering college towns
Mark Ricketts is quoted in the most recent edition of Hotel Business Magazine. The article is titled "Market Study: Lessons learned when considering college towns" Click the link to learn more. hashtag#mcneillhotelcompany
Interview with Mark Ricketts
Mark Ricketts, president/COO, McNeill Hotel Company talks with Hotel Business Editor-in-Chief Christina Trauthwein about the company’s strong 2019 and outlook for 2020 and beyond.
Tru by Hilton arriving in Rockwall, TX
Tru by Hilton celebrates groundbreaking in Rockwall, Texas.
2020 Industry Forecast
You will find Mark Ricketts quoted throughout this article in Hotel Business magazine as he shares his thoughts on what to expect for Hospitality in the year 2020. Here is just one of the quotes: “With flat occupancy, the real challenge is how to maintain rates,” he said. “Dropping rates doesn’t really induce demand. No one wants to witness a repeat of 2009 when operators got frantic with dramatic rate cutting. Regardless of market conditions, we must exercise discipline and maintain reasonable, profitable levels of rates by offering a compelling value and experience to guests. No one wins a race to the bottom.”
Welcome Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
McNeill Hotel Investors announced today the acquisition of the newly built 131-room, upscale select service, Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park, Alabama, adding to the company’s growing portfolio as its fourth property in the state. The hotel opened to guests on December 15. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s chief executive officer.
Preparing for 2020
Mark Ricketts is quoted along with other hotel leaders as they share insights regarding what to expect for the hotel industry in 2020.
MHC to Invest $400K in Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
McNeill Hotel Investors, based in Germantown, Tenn., announced it has acquired the 114-room upscale hotel at 200 Broadway Ave. The previous owner was Uptown Circle LLC, based in Chicago. The sale price was not disclosed.
Travis Murray, McNeill Hotel Company regional director of operations, said in an email that McNeill is planning $400,000 in capital improvements to the Hyatt Place, which employs 40 people.
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal IL added to Portfolio
McNeill Hotel Investors ("McNeill") announced today the acquisition of the 114-room, upscale select service, Hyatt Place Bloomington / Normal, IL, adding to the company's growing portfolio and expanding its presence in the Midwest market. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company's chief executive officer.
New Exterior for Homewood Suites CarmelGermantown, Tennessee. November 04, 2019
McNeill Hotel Company recently celebrated completion of a substantial exterior renovation of its 3-story, 137-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Carmel, IN. The property is located off I-465 and US-31 N, north of Indianapolis.
Getting a Better Handle on the Costs of Acquisitions and OperationsOctober 8, 2019 - Germantown, TN
Mark Ricketts, President & COO along with Jennifer Driscoll, VP of Revenue Management co-authored this article that was published in Hotel Executive.
Excerpt: Increasingly, in the quest for profitability, the art and science of revenue management is focusing not just on room mix, occupancy and pricing, but, also, asking: "What is the cost of the business we are acquiring?" Moreover, in a cross-discipline approach, revenue managers are getting involved in better understanding operational costs, and, thus, the full components of net revenues and profits.
McNeill Hotel Company Earns 2018 Hilton Legacy Top Performer AwardGermantown, TN October 2, 2019
Hilton presented the award to McNeill Hotel Company at its recent Americas Owner Conference, where Hilton recognized nearly 60 high performing owners and developers and, also, celebrated its 100th anniversary.
MHC is Ranked at #41 in Hotel Business Magazine for 2019September 23, 2019 - Germantown TN
McNeill Hotel Company is now ranked at #41 in Hotel Business magazine's annual ranking of Owners & Developers. McNeill Hotel Company currently operates 2730 rooms at 24 properties in the US.
Selecting a New Market for Acquisitions or New BuildsAugust 29, 2019 Germantown, TN
Here is an excerpt from Mark Ricketts as published in a Hotel Executive article. "A robust era for the hospitality industry has made this an exciting time for property acquisitions and new builds for a wide range of investors and related entities, including property and asset managers and site selection, land acquisition and construction specialists." You can read the full article by clicking the link below.
The Future of Cable TV in HotelsAugust 20, 2019
Mark Ricketts is quoted in this article published by Hotel News Now regarding the streaming services and cable TV that are being offered to our guests.
Extending High Demand SeasonDestin, FL - July 19, 2019 - Hotel News Now
Destinie Collins, GM of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Destin, Florida, was interviewed by Dana Miller for Hotel News Now. The article addresses efforts that the hotel focuses on to extend the high demand season. You can read the full article by clicking the link below.
Wall of Fame 4th Quarter 2018: Hampton Inn GermantownGermantown, TN June 11, 2019
The Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis/Germantown has been honored with the Wall of Fame award for the Fourth Quarter 2018. This award is presented to the top 15% of hotels in the Hampton brand. Congratulations goes to the team at Hampton Germantown for their outstanding guest service scores.
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MHC Realizes Scalability by Partnering with M3Germantown, TN June 10, 2019
M3, the leading cloud-based hospitality accounting, financial management and data management platform, announced today that one of its partners, McNeill Hotel Company, has added more than two dozen hotels to its growing portfolio in the last four years with the help of M3's accounting software and professional services.
"Choosing M3 was a no-brainer for us we never had a second thought, "said Mark Ricketts, McNeill Hotel Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. "M3 was a life saver and their services allowed us to accelerate our growth model."
McNeill Hotel Company Met with STRMay 30, 2019
Shawn Grenley with STR met with a team from McNeill Hotel Company to discuss market insights.
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MHC Moves Up to #78 Among Hotel Management CompaniesMay 15, 2019 - Hotel Business Survey 2019
McNeill Hotel Company has moved up in the ranking to number 78 among hotel management companies. Click the link to see the full list.
Lowering Housekeeping CostsTravis Murray, Regional Director of Operations is quoted in Hotel New Now. Click the link to learn more.
Exploring and Expanding into New AreasMark Ricketts quoted in Hotel Business, April 21st 2019
McNeill Hotel Company recently entered Salt Lake City-West Jordan in Utah and Twin Falls and Boise in Idaho. “These non-gateway West markets are increasingly appealing to corporations setting up a new headquarters or second locations, attracted by the lower living and business costs, combined with a great quality of life and, as a result, are areas with strong economic indicators and population growth,” said Mark Ricketts, president/COO of the company.
TownePlace Suites Hattiesburg Receives Silver Circle AwardGERMANTOWN, TN, April 16, 2019 – McNeill Hotel Company’s TownePlace Suites Hattiesburg has been officially recognized by Marriott, earning its Silver Circle Award.
Whitney Davis is Recognized as TownePlace Suites Sales Leader of the YearGERMANTOWN, TN, April 16, 2019 – The TownePlace Suites by Marriott brand recently selected Whitney Davis, Sales Manager for McNeill Hotel Company’s TownePlace Suites Auburn (AL), as its 2018 Sales Associate of the Year.
Amy Stuart Recognized as Courtyard Sales Leader of the YearGermantown, TN - April 16, 2019 -The Courtyard by Marriott brand recently selected McNeill Hotel Company’s Amy Stuart, Director of Sales for the Company’s Courtyard Nashville Green Hills, as its 2018 Direct Sales Leader of the Year.
Great Guest Service Always Begins with Great ValuesBy Mark Ricketts, President & Chief Operating Officer, McNeill Hotel Company, March 31, 2019 HotelExecutive.com
Great guest service is not achieved simply by following some rote policies and procedures; no matter how important these are to efficient and profitable hotel operations. Rather, it derives from people wanting to truly serve others and make a positive difference in our world, no matter the stage on which we strut. But good intentions are only fully realized when derived from a foundation of values, the spoken and unspoken passions and understandings that guide and inspire our conduct as a human being.
How Will the 2020 Elections Affect the Hotel Industry?February 20, 2019 - Hotel Business
“We do think 2020 may have volatility due to the elections,” said Mark Ricketts, president and COO of McNeill Hotels. “Because of the power of our brands (Marriott and Hilton) and our varied geographic locations, we believe that we will be able to mitigate any downturn if it transpires.” HB
Key Aspects in Growing a Hospitality Portfolio and OrganizationBy Mark Ricketts President & Chief Operating Officer, McNeill Hotels | February 14, 2019
In this article, we will look at some of these challenges and discuss principles and approaches to achieving that desired path of growth. Issues considered include: core philosophies; operations and outsourcing; property type, geographic region and brand affiliations; and the overall "people part" of hospitality.
Homewood Athens - Grand Opening CelebrationJanuary 24, 2019 - The Red and Black
The Homewood Athens held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday night to celebrate the new opportunity for Athens visitors looking to enjoy the Classic City. The hotel offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom options. They host a complimentary evening social, which consists of a small meal with wine, along with other amenities such as a patio with BBQ grills and a grocery shopping service.
McNeill Hotel Company acquires 2 Hotels in Columbia MDMcNeill Hotel Investors acquired a two-hotel portfolio of adjacent properties in Columbia, Md. The portfolio consists of the four-story, 124-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and the four-story, 117-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott.
Homewood Suites Boise - Renovation is CompleteUSA, Germantown, Tennessee. January 08, 2019
McNeill Hotel Company today announced the 4-story, 110 suite, Homewood Suites by Hilton Boise located at 7957 West Spectrum Way in Boise has completed a $2.7M renovation from guest suites to public areas such as their lobby and breakfast area.
"Our renovation transformation reflects our continual commitment to deliver guests the highest quality accommodations, service and convenience they have come to expect from staying at Homewood Suites by Hilton Boise," said, Sargis Mnatsakanyan, General Manager.
McNeill Hotel Investors Acquires Home2 Suites Mobile, ALMonday, December 17th, 2018
GERMANTOWN, TN––McNeill Hotel Investors (“McNeill”) announced today the acquisition of the 4-story, 105-room all-suite extended stay Home2 Suites Mobile (AL), adding to the company’s growing portfolio. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Home2 Suites Mobile is situated on the southeast quadrant of Interstate 65 and Exit 1, at the corner of Bolling Brothers Boulevard and Satchel Paige Drive in Mobile, Alabama, and features approximately 750 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and a relaxing outdoor pool.
Welcome Aboard Hilton Garden Inn, BeavertonGermantown, Tenn. – December 10, 2018 – McNeill Hotel Investors (“McNeill”) announced today the acquisition of the 4-story, 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Beaverton, adding to the company’s growing portfolio. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to add a second Hilton Garden Inn to our growing hotel portfolio and to operate in a new state for us,” McNeill said. “We have great experience overall with Hilton as a valued brand partner and look forward to working with them on this property.”
How to Keep Hospitality Entertaining12/10/2018 - By Mark Ricketts President & Chief Operating Officer, McNeill Hotels
There are many ways to break up the routine of hospitality, while at the same time reinforcing a sense of teamwork, involvement with community and, in a gentle way, instilling a healthy sense of competition. This article will explore ways to keep hospitality entertaining without going overboard, especially for those good people who serve our guests-reinforcing the clear vision that "it's fun to be in this career field."
Operations: Best Practices12/10/2018 - Hotel News Now
“One of our best practices is a special recognition program for our housekeeping and maintenance staffs. Performance grading in each case is based on earning points for meeting revenue goals, as well as input from guest satisfaction scores. … A best practice like this reinforces our organizational culture of ‘people serving people’ while sustaining the message that we appreciate the efforts that each individual makes toward our reputation and bottom-line results.”
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Homewood Athens - Now OpenNovember 27, 2018
McNeill Hotel Investors (McNeill) announced today the Grand Opening of the 130-room, select service, all-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens, adding to the companys growing portfolio and expanding its presence in the Athens, Georgia market. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the companys chief executive officer.
MHC Welcomes Home2 Suites Gainesville to PortfolioGermantown, Tenn. – November 7, 2018 – McNeill Hotel Investors ("McNeill") announced today that it has acquired the 95-room, select service, all-suite Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville (Florida), adding to the company’s growing portfolio and its geographic footprint in Florida. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
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Navigating the RFP SeasonOctober 22, 2018
By Mark Ricketts President & Chief Operating Officer and Co-authored by Jennifer Driscoll, Vice President of Revenue Management, McNeill Hotels
Corporate travel comprises an extremely important component of any hotel's total room nights and overall revenues. Thus, the importance of the Rates for Proposal (RFP) for the corporate rates negotiation process each year. - HotelExecutive.com
Compassion keeps hotels going during Hurricane MichaelOctober 17, 2018
REPORT FROM THE U.S.—When Hurricane Michael barreled into the Florida Panhandle and then Georgia last week, some hotels in its path stayed open, accommodating guests and staff who had nowhere else to go, even as the properties suffered damages from the storm.
Others closed temporarily and prepared for the worst, which for some ultimately never came. Hear from Mark Ricketts as he is quoted in the article regarding our hotels in Destin, FL.
McNeill Hotel Executives Discuss Plans to Double PortfolioOctober 12, 2018
In September, McNeill Hotel Company announced plans to double the size of its portfolio after entering an agreement with an investment fund managed by Almanac Realty Investors for up to $150 million of capital. The company plans to steadily grow its portfolio through the acquisition, development, and management of select-service hotels under premium-branded flags from major domestic franchisors in secondary and select tertiary markets across the United States. LODGING sat down with McNeill Hotel Company’s President and COO, Mark Ricketts, and CFO, Chris Ropko, during this year’s Lodging Conference to discuss the agreement and planned expansion. - LODGING
McNeill Hotel Company acquires the Homewood Suites, Carmel INGermantown, Tenn. – Oct 3, 2018 – McNeill Hotel Investors ("McNeill") announced today that it has acquired the 137-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Carmel, Indiana, expanding its geographic footprint to the Midwest and adding to the company’s existing portfolio of 18 hotels owned or managed by the affiliated McNeill Hotel Company. The announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer Phillip McNeill, Jr.
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Chris Ropko, CFO, Quoted in LODGING MagazineSeptember 26th, 2018
Hoteliers Express Optimism and Caution at The Lodging Conference
Chris Ropko, chief financial officer of McNeill Hotel Company, told LODGING that if there is a downturn in the hospitality industry, he expects it will be caused by supply rather than macroeconomic circumstances. “I think it’s going to be constrained to very specific markets. At the end of the day, we’ll be able to manage through it,” Ropko said. Click the link to read the full article.
McNeill Secures up to $150 Million Capital Investment, Plans to Double PortfolioSeptember 18, 2018
Germantown, Tenn.—McNeill Hotel Investors announced today that it has entered into an agreement with an investment fund managed by Almanac Realty Investors. Under the agreement, the fund has committed to provide up to $150 million of capital to McNeill. It is expected that the investment will allow McNeill to double the size of its portfolio through the acquisition, development, and management of select-service hotels using premium-branded flags from the major domestic franchisors located in secondary and select tertiary markets across the United States. - Lodging Magazine
McNeill Hotel Company Ranked at #56September 18, 2018
Hotel Business conducts an annual survey of hotel owners and developers to reveal the largest companies based on the number of rooms managed in the portfolio. McNeill Hotel company is ranked #56 with 17 hotels and 1855 rooms in our portfolio of Marriott and Hilton hotels.
Empowering Your Hotel Staff as a Leadership StyleSept 6, 2018
In simplest terms, empowerment means that staff members, when faced with an "out of the box" situation, can do more than just say: "I'm sorry." -- Mark Ricketts, President & COO
Southern Lodging Summit Presidents Panel includes Mark RickettsAugust 31, 2018
MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Industry leaders speaking on a general session panel at the Southern Lodging Summit in Memphis this week were optimistic about current hotel demand and performance trends, but couldn’t stress enough that labor issues are having a real impact on all aspects of the hotel industry. A variety of topics were covered during the session. Mark Ricketts, COO, mentioned our culture at McNeill Hotel Company as we have adopted a “more holistic approach” to employee retention and recruiting. McNeill created a video to help express the corporate culture and spread that word.“We also look now at not just the first 90 days (of a person’s employment), but even more,” he said. “Are people still getting the training they need? That’s our big focus for 2019. And we have to practice culture as well as make sure it happens.”
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Home2 Suites Waco Leads in OccupancyWaco, TX - August 21, 2018
Home 2 Suites by Hilton ranked number one on hotel occupancy rate for the second quarter of 2018. The Waco area ranked number one for hotel occupancy rate in the state for the second quarter of 2018. Click the link to see the story on KXXV Central Texas News Now.
Anna Rench Joins McNeill Hotel Company As VP, Asset Management And AcquisitionsAugust 14, 2018
GERMANTOWN, TN–-McNeill Hotel Company, a growing nationally-recognized hotel owner, developer, and manager, announced today that it has hired accomplished industry executive Anna Rench to serve as the company’s Vice President of Asset Management and Acquisitions. Mark Ricketts, President and Chief Operating Officer, made the announcement.
Eyeing ExpansionJuly 25, 2018
McNeill Hotel Company Looks To Grow Portfolio Following Infusion Of Capital
With a leadership team well versed in building hotel portfolios and a substantial amount of capital at the ready, McNeill Hotel Company is well positioned for expansion within the next few years.
Revenue Management Adapting to Predictive Pricing ToolsJennifer Driscoll, VP Revenue Management, McNeill Hotel Company, is quoted in the latest edition of Hotel News Now. The article is focused on the subject of predictive pricing tools and how hoteliers are figuring out ways to benefit from this technology. To read the full article click the link below.
Managing the Hotel Digital WorldMark Ricketts, President & COO, McNeill Hotel Company has a new article published on HotelExecutive.com. Click the link to read the article.
Smart Investment Strategies - Lodging MagazineMark Ricketts, COO was quoted for the latest article in Lodging Magazine, "After the Boom: Smart Investment Strategies for Today's Reality". Click the link below to read the article.
Cultivate the "Wider Resources" of Hospitality Sales & MarketingJune 3, 2018
By Mark Ricketts, President & COO, McNeill Hotel Company
Keeping the rooms of a hotel property fully occupied with guests that we serve well and from which we generate a reasonable profit is no easy task. It requires a sound operating model; a skilled and motivated staff at all levels of the organization; and lots of elbow grease, i.e. hard work. It also takes getting our name, as an individual property and as an organization or affiliated group of properties, out there loud and clear. To read the full article click the link below.
Hear from Chris Ropko in Hotels' Investment OutlookMay 29, 2018
Chris Ropko, CFO McNeill Hotel Company, is quoted in Hotels' Investment Outlook for June 2018. Follow the link to read the full article entitled "Shining a Spotlight on US Development".
Checking In with Mark Ricketts - Lodging MagazineMay 18, 2018
Find out Mark Ricketts' thoughts on delivering excellent guest service, the competitive hotel market, and the current trends in the hotel industry. Follow the link to read the article in Lodging Magazine.
AFTER THE BOOM - Lodging MagazineMay 16, 2018 - Lodging Magazine
Check out the latest article in Lodging Magazine that features our TownePlace Suites Auburn and a quote from Mark Ricketts, our President & COO. Click the link below to read the article.
Towneplace Suites Auburn Wins Multiple Marriott AwardsAUBURN, AL, May 1, 2018 – The TownePlace Suites hotel in Auburn, Alabama has been officially recognized by Marriott, earning multiple prestigious awards for the McNeill Hotel Company property.
General Manager Emily White has earned Marriott’s Diamond GM of the Year Award for 2017 and staff member Mary Munday has earned Marriott’s Service Team Member of the Year Award for 2017.
Beth Burns Named Marriott's Diamond GM of the Year for 2017HATTIESBURG, MS, May 1, 2018 – The TownePlace Suites hotel in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been officially recognized by Marriott, earning two prestigious awards for the McNeill Hotel Company property.
General Manager Beth Burns has earned Marriott’s Diamond GM of the Year Award for 2017. The hotel also won Marriott’s Golden Circle Award. Previously, the TownePlace Suites Hattiesburg had earned Marriott’s “Opening Hotel of the Year” award, as well as the “Sales Ramp Up” award, selected by the Select Service & Extended Stay Hotels Group – The Americas.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin Wins Marriott's Bruce Reed Rally to Serve AwardDESTIN, FL, May 1, 2018 – The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Destin, Florida has been officially recognized by Marriott, earning the Bruce Reed Rally to Serve Award for the McNeill Hotel Company property.
Marriott’s Bruce Reed Rally to Serve Award is a singular honor, given to only one Fairfield Inn & Suites property each year in recognition of its community contributions.
The latest from Mark Ricketts - Making the New Hire Our Smart HireMaking the New Hire Our Smart Hire
By Mark Ricketts President & Chief Operating Officer, McNeill Hotel Company | April 15, 2018
It’s been reported that millennials decide within their first 48 hours with an organization whether they will stay on for an extended period of time. Talk about first impressions being the most lasting!
This article will discuss some best practices and ideas in making any new hire feel welcome to a hospitality organization while “coming up to speed.” It will also consider strategies and techniques that will help keep unproductive misconceptions or misunderstandings from arising between employer and employee. Click the link below to read the full article at www.hotelexecutive.com.
Chris Ropko Joins McNeill Hotel Company as CFOGermantown, TN, March 19, 2018 – McNeill Hotel Company, a growing nationally-recognized hotel owner, developer, and manager, announced today that it has hired respected industry executive Chris Ropko to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Phillip McNeill, CEO of McNeill Hotel Company, made the announcement.
Prior to joining McNeill, Ropko served as Managing Director at RobertDouglas, a national hospitality investment banking platform, where he focused on structuring and raising debt and equity capital for lodging and specialty leisure properties, portfolios and companies throughout the Americas in excess of $2.5 billion.
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis Germantown - Wall of FameFebruary 8, 2018
The new Hampton Inn and Suites Germantown has been honored with the Wall of Fame Award for the Third Quarter of 2017! Based on overall TQS, this award honors only the top 15% of hotels in the Hampton brand. "Our guests are enjoying the new hotel and they know that we love having them here." Rebecca Thompson GM.
Everyday Brand Management - Mark RickettsDecember 03, 2017
Mark Ricketts, President & Chief Operating Officer of McNeill Hotel Company has written an article that was published in Hotel Business Review. "In its purest sense, a brand is a promise to consumers; an expectation of performance and an overall experience."
Hampton Inn Southaven-Newly RenovatedMCNEILL HOTEL COMPANY ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF RENOVATIONS
AT HAMPTON INN IN SOUTHAVEN, MS
Southaven, MS, November 6, 2017 – Renovations at the Hampton Inn in Southaven, Mississippi have been completed and McNeill Hotel Company recently hosted a “Renovation Celebration” event to mark the occasion.
The extensive hotel renovation included a complete refresh of the exterior façade. Each of the hotel’s 86 guest rooms was updated to include all new soft seating, case goods, LG 43” televisions, and mattress sets and the bathrooms were renovated to incorporate the new Forever Young Initiative elements.
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Hotel News Now - Quote from Kim Knop, VP Sales and MarketingNovember 2, 2017
Hotel News Now: For 2018, the local market position in the current pricing cycle varies based on city location and demand, said Kim Knop, VP of sales and marketing at McNeill Hotel Company. The national averages project rate increases of 3% to 5%, she said, but some cities will see higher rate changes, such as 8% to 15%, based upon location and seasonal demand.
Revenue Management Today: Balancing People and ProcessesOctober 9, 2017,
Mark Ricketts recently had an article published in Hotel Executive magazine. Here is an excerpt "The analytical side of the hospitality business is also extremely complex. At the heart of the income side of operations is deciding at what price to offer a room (of which we have a fixed number) and the allocation of them, which rooms and for how long.
It's no easy chore. There are so many factors over which operators have no real control. These include everything from weather events, flight cancellations, or changes in plans by prospective guests to expansions and contractions of supply in certain markets or the pricing strategies of competitors." To read the full article click the link below.
McNeill Hotel Company Made the ListSeptember, 27 2017
We are thrilled to announce that McNeill Hotel Company was recently ranked #64 in Hotel Business magazine's "2017 Owners & Developers Annual Ranking" listing. The list ranks the top 102 Owners and Developers for the year based on total number of hotels and hotel rooms in their portfolio.
“This year's annual ranking is the result of our numbers as of May 31, 2017; thus, it does not take into consideration the recent addition of our three incredible hotels in the Mountain states! It's safe to say we will be climbing the ranks in next year's edition!” – Mark Ricketts, COO
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin "Fishing for Sales"September 2017 - Destin, FL
Destinie Collins, GM of the Hampton Inn & Suites Destin, was recently featured in Hello Hampton. She discusses unique sales techniques used by her team. The article can be found on page 4.
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin Does It AgainSept 12, 2017 - Destin, FL
Hampton Inn Destin has been recognized again with the Wall of Fame award for the First Quarter of 2017. The award is presented to the top 15% of the hotels under the Hampton brand.
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MHC Acquires 3 Hotels in the Mountain StatesGERMANTOWN, Tenn. – July 19, 2017 – McNeill Hotel Company announced today that it has acquired three hotels in the Mountain states, adding to the company’s growing portfolio and significantly expanding its geographic footprint.
The three hotels are:
110-room Homewood Suites in Boise, Idaho
107-room Hilton Garden Inn in Twin Falls, Idaho
106-room Hampton Inn and Suites in Salt Lake City - West Jordan, Utah
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Hampton Inn Destin Honored with Wall of Fame AwardMay 22, 2017- Destin FL,
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin has received the Wall of Fame Award for Fourth Quarter 2016. This award recognizes the top 15% of hotels in the Hampton brand.
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MHC Earns Coveted Guest Satisfaction Excellence Award From MarriottMcNeill Hotel Company, a nationally-recognized hotel owner, developer, and manager, received the 2017 “Guest Satisfaction Excellence Award – TownePlace Suites Brand” at the recent Marriott Connect 2017 Select Brands Owners Conference.
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Hampton Inn & Suites - Now OpenHampton Inn & Suites Germantown is Now Open - Reserve your room today. The much anticipated opening of the newest Hampton Inn in the Mid-South is now complete. Guests will love the well appointed lobby and guest rooms with local flair and added detail that exceed expectation.
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Towneplace Suites Hattiesburg - AwardsHATTIESBURG, MS, April 19, 2017 – The TownePlace Suites hotel in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been officially recognized by Marriott with two prestigious awards for the TownePlace flag that acknowledge its status as one of the company’s top hotels in the United States.
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The Timing is Right
GERMANTOWN, TN—With two years under its belt and 14 properties in the portfolio – and two more on the way – McNeill Hotel Company is aiming to take on third-party management contracts.
Hunter Conference: Companies target paths to growthLeaders from HVMG, McNeill Hotel Company and Meyer Jabara Hotels spoke with HNN during the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference about their growth strategies at this point in the lodging cycle.
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Building for success, lean and nimble.When McNeill Hotel Company launched almost two years ago, the Germantown, Tennessee based hotel management company started with one hotel, a Residence Inn in Morgantown, West Virginia. Today, the growing owner/operator’s portfolio consists of thirteen hotels, and another breaking ground recently in Athens, Georgia.
For McNeill President/COO Mark Ricketts, the decision to choose M3 as the company’s accounting and analytics platform of choice was an easy one. Years prior, Mark and his father, Tom Ricketts, saw M3 as a way for them to get to the next level with Master Hospitality, a small hotel company with ten hotels.
Back then, it was a way for us to be more sophisticated,” Mark explained. “Instead of the old-fashioned way of everyone sending in data and having an admin put it on a spreadsheet, it was web-based, so when you traveled, everything was accessible.”
As Mark’s career progressed from Master to vice president and senior vice president of asset management roles at Equity Inns and Archon Hospitality, his exposure to the M3 platform broadened, as several management companies overseeing hotels he asset managed used M3 in ways he hadn’t previously experienced, giving him a better knowledge of the hotel accounting software’s capabilities and solidifying his decision to incorporate the M3 platform into his own company.
“When we started McNeill, the decision to go with M3 was a no brainer, as we knew we liked the capabilities, the richness of the reports, and the ability to customize different reports, not to mention the ease with which we could review data online.”
As Mark and McNeill CEO Phillip McNeill and CFO Mark Layne put the company together, one of their goals was to maintain a lean structure from the corporate office side. To accomplish this, McNeill was one of the first management companies to take advantage of M3’s service offering, M3 Professional Services. With M3PS, a team of two accounting professionals handle the day-to-day accounting functions remotely for McNeill, led by McNeill’s Vice President of Hotel Accounting, Mary Jean Campochiaro. It’s an arrangement that has allowed McNeill to grow quickly and not be burdened by recruiting and hiring experienced hotel accounting staff.
“We can’t underscore the importance of M3 to our company as we’ve built our objectives, game plan and strategies,” concluded Ricketts. “We’ll only be as successful as this accounting platform, and with an open level of communication, M3 has been a major part of McNeill’s growth, from a single hotel to thirteen properties and growing."
McNeill Hotel Company Retains RobertDouglas to Raise Joint Venture CapitalMemphis, TN, March 20, 2017 - McNeill Hotel Company, a nationally-recognized hotel owner, developer, and manager, announced today that it has retained the investment banking firm, RobertDouglas, to raise an initial commitment of $50 million of joint venture capital to accelerate the roll-out of the firm’s growing portfolio of strategically-located, premium select-service hotels.
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Plans Revealed for Massive Germantown ProjectMemphis-based Elkington Real Estate Group is partnering with two out-of-town developers on a massive mixed-use project for Germantown.
Carter & Associates LLC, an Atlanta-based developer that has made $1.2 billion in real estate investments since 2005, has filed plans with the city of Germantown for a $200 million mixed-use development on 32 acres west of Saddle Creek.
Fletcher Elkington, who will be in charge of the development's real estate component, told the Memphis Business Journal that the city should be excited about Carter coming to town.
"Carter is a national developer," Elkington said. "They have a sterling reputation. … To have a national group like Carter is very significant for Memphis."
Elkington said the development's retail space will feature multiple concepts that will be new to Tennessee. With Carter's reputation and the scale of the project, Elkington said the development is akin to something that would be built in Nashville right now. He declined to discuss other aspects of the project, deferring to his father, John, who could not immediately be reached for comment.
The other out-of-town developer on the project is Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc., out of Cincinnati.
The Carter development will be just east of Gill Properties' $90 million TraVure project, which has broken ground in Germantown at its boundary with Memphis.
Other groups had previously worked to develop the land, including Poag & McEwen, the developers of Saddle Creek.
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McNeill Hotel Company Breaks Ground on Homewood Suites in Athens, GAMcNeill Hotel Company held official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel. McNeill is building the all-suite property.
Thornwood Developers ready for next phase in GermantownDevelopers of Thornwood, a mixed-use project along South Germantown Road that embodies Germantown's smart growth planning strategy, have applied for a building permit for the next phase. Included in the new phase, according to Ray, will be 34,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the first floor and 25 high-end apartments on the second. Garage-level parking would accommodate about 190 vehicles.
Staks of Pancakes headed to GermantownBailey is opening a second Staks location in Germantown as part of the mixed-use Thornwood development at 1696 S. Germantown Road. This unique pancake house will be in walking distance of the Hampton Inn & Suites Germantown.
Home2 Suites Destin Grand OpeningThe 112-room extended stay hotel, which officially opened on Dec. 15, offers a kitchen in every room, complete with a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal. The hotel has a pool, fitness center, laundry center and Wi-Fi. It is also pet friendly and provides a full menu complimentary breakfast.
Home2 Suites Waco Certified "Crime-Free"WACO, TX (KXXV) -A Waco hotel is being recognized for being the first hotel to be certified as "crime-free."
The Waco Police Department will be presenting Home2 Suites by Hilton as a crime-free hotel on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The hotel is located at 2500 Bagby Ave.
Home2 Suites is the first hotel in Waco to complete the three phase program.
New Home2 Suites Opens in DestinDec. 16--Home2 Suites, a Hilton brand hotel, opened in Destin on Thursday at 14060 Emerald Coast Parkway, south of Hwy. 98 across from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Joe's Crab Shack.
Home2 suites are a newer Hilton concept, and the Destin location is the only one in Northwest Florida. The 112-room hotel offers kitchens in every room complete with a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal.
New Home2 Suites by Hilton Property Arrives in DestinDESTIN, Fla. and MCLEAN, Va. – December 1, 2016 – Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin. Offering 112 suites, the hotel is designed for travelers looking for a fresh, new stay experience and compliments the city’s tourism growth, which was up 14.6 percent over 2015, a record-breaking year for the destination.
“For years, Destin has been a favorite Destination for families, business, military and government travelers in the Southeastern United States,” says Amanda Krueger, general manager. “Whether enjoying our daily complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi or dipping your toes in our world-famous emerald waters and sugar white beach sand, Home2 Suites focus is to provide our guests top notch service, convenience and accessibility at a great value.”
Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin is centrally located south of U.S. Highway 98 at 14060 Emerald Coast Parkway, just steps away from several public beach accesses. The extended stay hotel provides convenient access to Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, award winning golf courses, Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, the Destin Fishing Village on the full-service harbor, world-class shopping at Destin Commons and Silver Sands Outlet Mall, dinning at many local fresh “Catch of the Day” gulf inspired restaurants and Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS).
Owned by CM Destin, LLC and managed by McNeil Hotel Company, LLC, Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin offers guests all-suite accommodations featuring fully-equipped kitchens and modular furniture allowing for guests to personalize their room. The hotel also features easy access to technology with complimentary internet, inviting community spaces, eco-friendly and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table, a complimentary breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Guests can also enjoy the Florida sunshine sparkling beside the infinity saltwater pool and host a cookout at the barbeque grill area. The new property is also pet-friendly. Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin is where you can be free to be you.
“The Destin market has long been a favorite for the McNeill family for decades,” said Mark Ricketts, President/COO, McNeill Hotels and Phillip McNeill Chairman/CEO. “The location of the hotel with its close proximity to the beach and the various amenities of the market made it a perfect fit for our company. We are excited to add another quality lodging product to the area.”
Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin or call +1 850-650-3500.
First Annual General Manager's ConferenceDestin, FL - December 12, 2016 - McNeill Hotel Company held its first Annual General Manager’s conference in Destin, FL last week at the beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites. All 14 property General Managers and the MHC Corporate team gathered to take part in tactical meetings and exchange ideas during the conference. Vendors also joined, including M3 Accounting + Analytics, Avendra LLC, American Hotel, and Quore.
The week began with a Welcome Reception in the hotel’s courtyard area with live music by Chris Alvarado and words from Mark Ricketts, President/Chief Operating Officer, and Phillip McNeill Jr, Chief Executive Officer, to kick start the conference. Morning and afternoon sessions were held throughout the week discussing various focuses; featured sessions included Marketplace Chaplains, the largest provider of workplace chaplains. The week concluded with an Awards Dinner at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House sponsored by M3 Accounting + Analytics.
Mark Ricketts said, “After an unprecedented year of growth in 2016, the Awards Dinner afforded us the opportunity to recognize our truly outstanding performers. We are privileged to have an incredible group of Managers as everyone was equally worthy of commendation. We recognized the following accomplishments: Hotel of the Year: Hampton Inn & Suites Destin, New Hotel of the Year: TownePlace Suites Auburn, Revenue Champion of the Year: Hampton Inn Athens, Community Service Hotel of the Year: TownePlace Suites Hattiesburg, Guest Satisfaction Champion of the Year: Home2 Suites Waco, General Manager of the Year: Rebecca Thompson at Fairfield Inn & Suites Olive Branch.”
The conference was a great success and the planning for next year’s event is already in progress.
Starbucks to open across from TownePlace Suites AuburnAuburn residents could be sipping coffee at the city’s first stand-alone Starbucks as soon as mid-spring, according to the developer.
The coffee franchise, along with an AT&T service store, will appear in front of the new TownePlace Suites on South College Street.
The two stores will be a part of a “mini strip,” with each space being about 2,000 square feet, according developer Michael Delaney of Delaney Development Inc.
Rodney Rowan, of Stewart Perry Construction, said the construction deadline is set for February, after which the construction company will hand the buildings over to Starbucks and AT&T for final touches.
Delaney said the location in front of the hotel is a “good fit” for the Starbucks store, which will include a drive-thru. It will allow the coffee shop to attract hotel guests, students and those headed to work in the city, he added.
Auburn is also home to several local coffee shops, including Toomer’s Coffee Company that is nearly across the street from where the new Starbucks will sit.
But Delaney believes the two types of coffee shops — small-business and franchise — can coexist.
“I think people are going to get coffee where they want to get coffee,” whether that’s Starbucks or a local shop, he said. “I don’t think it will adversely affect anyone.”
Auburn has three other Starbucks locations, two of which are on the University campus. The third location arrived with the summer renovation and expansion of the Kroger on Dean Road.
By Chip Brownlee | Community Editor | The Auburn Plainsman
Home2 Suites By Hilton Waco Grand Opening CelebrationHome2 Suites by Hilton – Waco, part of Hilton Worldwide’s industry first All Suites portfolio, will celebrate the grand opening of its property located at 2500 Bagby Avenue in Waco. The property is owned and managed by Tennessee-based McNeill Hotel Company, LLC, and is their first hotel in the State of Texas. Local officials from both the Greater Waco Chamber and the Greater Hewitt Chamber will attend a joint ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a welcome reception and exclusive property tour hosted by our hotel team members.
Home2 Suites by Hilton – Waco is located on the site where University High School once stood. Because of this, we would like to honor the lineage that we inherited by including students from University High School in our ceremony. The US colors will be presented by University High School Army JROTC, led by First Sergeant Leonard Montelongo Jr.
The University High School Cheerleaders will also be in attendance. Both will be welcoming attendees.
Home2 Suites is a new, stylish open-concept hotel. Our trademark colors include vibrant greens, purples, and oranges, working in tandem to create a welcoming yet unique space perfect for both businesses and families. For this event, we wanted to showcase the local flavor of Waco by inviting renowned artist Jesus Rivera to display his works. Wolfe Florist will be providing the arrangements for the event as well, creating a fresh environment for your enjoyment.
We are committed not only to celebrating the culture and uniqueness of our community but to help grow and support it as well. That is why, as part of Home2 Suites by Hilton’s Your2 Hands initiative, we are donating $1,000 to The Shepard’s Heart Food Pantry in Waco, as well as holding an ongoing food drive benefiting The Shepard’s Heart this holiday season. Home2 Suites by Hilton welcomes every member of the family as our guest, including the four-legged ones. To this end, we will be partnering with the McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition by having on-site adoptions during our grand opening event.
Newly Renovated Fairfield Inn & Suites Olive BranchThe Fairfield Inn & Suites Olive Branch just completed a renovation. You will find new carpet, paint, furniture, lighting, and design elements. Click the link below to see pictures on Facebook.
TownePlace Suites Auburn opening SOON!Auburn, AL – August 23, 2016 – The 95-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Auburn, Alabama is scheduled to open this Friday, August 26, 2016. Located at 1117 South College Street, the TownePlace Suites Auburn will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by McNeill Hotel Company of Germantown, Tennessee.
Conveniently located off Interstate-85 and within walking distance to Auburn University, the hotel offers guests easy access to Jordan-Hare Stadium, Chewacla State Park, Toomer’s Corner, and numerous dining and shopping options.
“We are pleased to introduce the TownePlace Suites brand to the Auburn area,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, TownePlace Suites. “Providing an upscale residential atmosphere, this TownePlace Suites hotel offers an appealing alternative to more standard hotel rooms designed for shorter stays.”
The TownePlace Suites Auburn’s friendly “hello” signage welcomes guests to the check-in area. Designed to feel like a community coffeehouse, the warm and inviting lobby includes a variety of seating options designed to meet different needs – whether guests want to work quietly on their own or socialize as a group. The lobby also features a floor-to-ceiling TowneMap® that helps guests settle into the local area by featuring great places to eat, popular night spots, recreation areas, shopping and other services, such as dry cleaners and local car wash outlets.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast every morning in the lobby area, as well as 24-hour On Us®coffee service. For those who want a quick snack, guests can also select food and beverage items from the 24-hour In a Pinch® market.
Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for longer stays, this property offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens that have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, as well as separate living/working and sleeping areas. Guests can work and relax on their terms in modern suites that feature a fun, yet sophisticated sofa and task chair, a large flat screen television, as well as luxurious new bedding. Most rooms also feature the Home OfficeTM Suite, designed to provide guests with plenty of storage and flexible space to spread out and make it their own.Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, an exercise room open 24 hours per day, a meeting room, complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel and on-site business services, including copying, faxing and printing. The TownePlace Suites Auburn is pet-friendly (fees may apply) and also provides laundry facilities for guests’ convenience.
Downtown Athens has a new hotel coming soonHotel always planned as part of The Mark in downtown Athens
Homewood Suites - Athens, GAA Homewood Suites by Hilton slated for an East Broad Street location at the edge of The Classic Center campus adds more than 120 rooms to the local inventory.
Chuck Jones, director of the CVB, used the news release to note “Athens has become a stronger market for business travel, leisure trips and conventions, and we’ve definitely seen the need for more hotel rooms downtown.” - Athens Banner Herald
Our Newest Hotel: Home2 Waco, TXHome2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Waco. Designed for travelers looking for a fresh, new stay experience, the hotel will have 105 suites. Managed by McNeill Hotel Company, the new hotel is close to Baylor University, Cameron Park Zoo and Magnolia Market. It is also a short drive to the Brazos Rivers and McLane Stadium.
Congratulations Mark RickettsOur President/COO, Mark Ricketts, was recently selected to join the Home2 Suites “Owners Advisory Council”. As a member of the Home2 Suites OAC, the group focuses on driving revenue, enhancing loyalty and maximizing profitability for the entire system of hotels by leveraging each members experience with the Home2 Suites brand. McNeill Hotels will have two Home2 Suites open by the end of 2016 – the Home2 Suites Waco, TX and the Home2 Suites Destin, FL.
Mark was also a founding member in the Hampton “Brand Operations Council” (BOC) in 2000 and still serves on the Council today.
New hotel shaping up fast-Home2 Suites DestinHave you been wondering about the new blue-hued building at 14060 Emerald Coast Parkway across from Joe’s Crab Shack?
The project is Home2 Suites by Hilton and it is shaping up fast.
HREC Arranges Sale of Hampton Inn Peachtree CornersHREC Investment Advisors is pleased to announce it has arranged the sale of the 148-guestroom Hampton Inn Atlanta Peachtree Corners located in Norcross, Georgia. The property was acquired by an affiliate of McNeill Hotels, and will be managed and operated by McNeill Hotel Company.
Gold Circle Award Winner for 2015Courtyard Green Hills was just named as a Gold Circle Award winner for 2015. The Gold Circle Award is presented to Courtyard Hotels that achieved the top 10% overall guest satisfaction. The Courtyard Green Hills is among only 46 other Courtyard hotels with this distinction. Congratulations to the team at Courtyard Green Hills for providing outstanding guest satisfaction on a daily basis.
Destin: Top 10 DestinationBehold, 2016’s Destinations On The Rise. The experts at TripAdvisor predict these 10 places will make their big breaks in the coming year, based on the year-over-year increase in positive feedback and user interest on the site.
Thornwood Bell Tower - Germantown, TNThere's still plenty of Thornwood to come out of the ground, but the crowning touch — a 7-story bell tower — was topped Tuesday with a 7,600-pound copper roof and four bronze bells, cast in 1902.
McNeill Hotel Company Opens the 94-suite TownePlace Suites Hattiesburg in MississippiBeth Ballard is at the helm as General Manager.
TownePlace Suites Opens in Hattiesburg, MSHotel provides functional space for living and working, helping guests keep their routine and settle into the neighborhood.
Homeward-bound for Home2 Suites
Dirt is turning at the future site of the Home2 Suites Hotel on Emerald Coast Parkway and Restaurant Row.
New Hotel Coming to South College Street
A TownePlace Suites by Marriott, which is designed for people staying for long periods of time, is being built on South College Street near the South Donahue Drive intersection.
McNeill Hotels Taps Lodging Veteran as President & COO - April 6th, 2015
McNeill Hotels announced today the hiring of Mark Ricketts as President and Chief Operating Officer of its firm. Ricketts brings over thirty years of hotel industry experience to the position. For the past seven years, he worked as a Vice President in the Realty Management Division of Goldman Sachs with the responsibilities of hotel asset management for its select service portfolio.
Prior to his most recent role, Ricketts served as Vice President of Asset Management for Equity Inns, Inc., a Hotel Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Germantown, TN. He joined Equity Inns after serving Vice President of Hotel Operations for Memphis, TN based MASTER Hospitality Services.
Ricketts has served on the Hampton Brand Operations Council since 2000 and recently served on the Hyatt Place Operations Advisory Committee.
Phillip McNeill, Jr., CEO of McNeill Hotels, stated “I am very pleased to have Mark join our rapidly expanding organization. I have known and worked with Mark for over 10 years. His reputation with the major hotel brands and vast knowledge of the hotel industry will help foster our anticipated trajectory of growth.”
McNeill Hotels is located in Germantown, TN and is an experienced hotel owner, developer and third party hotel management provider.
For more information, please contact McNeill Hotels at: firstname.lastname@example.org
McNeill Morgantown LLC Purchases Residence Inn Morgantown, WV - March 11th, 2015
McNeill Hotel Company, headquartered in Germantown, TN, announced that they have assumed the management of the Residence Inn in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 104 room extended stay hotel was built in 2006 and recently completed a significant renovation of the entire facility.
The hotel is located conveniently near the University of West Virginia, the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (WVU Medical Center), the WVU Research Park and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The hotel was recently recognized as a “Diamond Hotel Award” winner by the Residence Inn brand at its annual General Managers Conference held in Washington, DC.
Phillip McNeill, CEO of McNeill Hotels, stated that the hotel fit one of the company’s core objectives of operating hotels in university markets with a focus on the extended stay market and partnering with the major hotel brands, such as Marriott. “We have extensive knowledge of the West Virginia market and had prior success in this area. We are very excited about the long-term potential of this asset.” McNeill commented.
For more information, please contact McNeill Hotels at: email@example.com
“Take a Bow” - McNeill Hotels recognized at 2015 Marriott CRFST GM Conference
At the recent Marriott CFRST General Managers Conference held in Washington, DC, two McNeill Hotels properties were recognized for their outstanding performance from the prior year.
The Residence Inn Morgantown, WV received the prestigious “Diamond Hotel Award”. The award is based on the following criteria:
- Guest Satisfaction Scores in the Top 5% of the Residence Inn brand
- Extended Stay RevPAR growth in top 5% of the Residence Inn brand
- RevPAR index of over 125.0% for the year with no decline over prior year
- Quality Assurance scores of “Green” on all reviews
Success is no stranger to the Residence Inn Morgantown team as the hotel had received the “Platinum Hotel Award” for the past three years before ascending to the highest level of achievement this past year. Congratulations to Hotel General Manager, Carlotta Lynch, and her incredible team of Service Superstars!
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Olive Branch, MS was also in the spotlight at the Marriott DC Conference. The hotel was selected as a “Silver Hotel Award” winner. The highly coveted award is based on the hotel being in the Top 20% of the Fairfield Inn brand for Overall Guest Satisfaction as well as meeting all other eligibility criteria. The Hotel General Manager, Michelle Mitchell, stated “I'm so shocked, stunned, and amazed!! Not to mention, very grateful to have an awesome staff!!”
Thornwood​, a $150 million multibuilding undertaking by McNeill Commercial Real Estate - June 26, 2015​
Thornwood, a $150 million multibuilding undertaking by McNeill Commercial Real Estate, is in the process of transforming roughly 19 acres of land on the northeast corner of Neshoba Road and South Germantown Road into a hub of activity.