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Kemmons Wilson Recipient of 2012 Hospitality Technology Award of Merit

Austin, Texas (June 1, 2012) — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is proud to announce the Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Warren Markwart and Kemmons Wilson as the 2012 Hospitality Technology Award of Merit recipients. The award, presented every five years, recognizes individuals who have made a significant innovation or breakthrough that established a path for others in hospitality technology. Recipients were nominated and chosen by a committee of inductees to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame, a group of industry professionals who have already been recognized for their influence on the industry.

Get the full story here.

Kemmons Corner Opens at University of Memphis

Hospitality and resort management majors at University of Memphis received a lesson in philanthropy from Holiday Inns this week when the company donated a room and funds to the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Read the full story at dailyhelmsman.com.

Jay Bhagwan: MMHLA Scholar

Grizzlies House Eases Family Burden

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Friday, April 11, 2012

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Kem Wilson Jr. featured on Holleman Business Succession Forum podcast

"You will find at the core of this interview a story of family success driven by love -- love of one another, love of serving and delivering for others, love of business, and love of country." Read more of Vernon Holleman's intro here, and check out the podcast here.

Farmington Presbyterian Church welcomes Cayce Starr

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Downtown Tuscaloosa Hotel Rendering Unveiled

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Members of the Tuscaloosa City Council on February 21, 2012 viewed a rendering and design plans for a new upscale downtown hotel. City officials appeared pleased with the eight-story, 150-room Embassy Suites concept developed by the Wilson Hotel Management Group for the corner of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue. tuscaloosanews.com has the complete story here.

Hotel execs: Economic conditions improving

Great item from hotelnewsnow.com on improving economic conditions in the hospitality industry. The article quotes Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. Executive Vice President, Jim O'Brien. Click here to get the complete story.

Hotel executives talk shop over dinner in Memphis

hotelnewsnow.com covers the 8th Annual President's Dinner for senior hotel industry officials on February 11, 2012 at Paulette's Restaurant in Memphis. Our own Executive VP, Jim O'Brien was among the 20 or so attendees. Check out the full story here.

Hilary Swank Visits FedEx Family House

Take a look at the ABC 24 video below, and also read WMC TV's coverage here.

McLean Wilson Participates in Urban Land Institute Panel Discussion

Our very own local real estate professional, McLean Wilson, participates in Urban Land Institute's panel discussion at the annual Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South. memphisdailynews.com has the details.

Keys to keeping family wealth

Check out this interesting article, which mentions the Wilson family, from the 10/30/11 Memphis Commercial Appeal about maintaining family wealth through subsequent generations.

Tuscaloosa City Council Selects WHMC to Develop Downtown Hotel

News coverage on WHMC being selected to develop Tuscaloosa's CityFest lot into a hotel:
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Our own Tasha McCraven named Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association Employee of the Year!

Click here to read the great write-up (PDF) on Memphis Grizzlies House's Tasha McCraven being named Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association Employee of the Year in the September 26, 2011 edition of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Insider Newsletter!

FedExFamilyHouse Stock The House Event

On Friday, December 10, 2010, FedEx Worldwide arrived at the new FedExFamilyHouse for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to stock the new house for patients and families. The new 24-suite house is a home away from home for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Check out the video on YouTube.

For more information, visit http://www.lebonheur.org/your-visit/fedexfamilyhouse

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Heads West

The three-year-old partnership between IHG and Orange Lake Resorts took a giant step forward in August 2011 with the purchase of two additional resorts by Orange Lake. Click here for the full story on lhonline.com.

From the Desk of Don Harrill - Welcoming Two New Locations to our Network of Resorts

August 26, 2011

In June, I announced the planned expansion of our resort family to include locations in Las Vegas, Nevada and Marco Island, Florida.

I’m proud to share that, today, we officially closed on a transaction with Summer Bay Resorts, expanding our locations to Desert Club Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sunset Cove Resort in Marco Island, Florida. The intent for both resorts is to become a part of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, with Sunset Cove Resort joining the brand this fall and Desert Club Resort in the spring of 2012.

This is certainly a special day for our company as we grow our network of resorts and welcome close to 180 new team members to the Orange Lake Resorts family, close to 150 in Las Vegas and 30 in Marco Island.

As a reminder, both resorts are RCI Gold Crown designated-properties, with Sunset Cove a part of RCI’s distinguished Registry Collection resort network. They represent the same level of quality and amenities our members have come to expect.

This is an exciting time for all of us as our Club members and guests will soon have the opportunity to visit even more resorts and experience a greater variety of vacation destinations.

Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done to make this growth possible. Your contributions every day have allowed us to add more destinations for our owners and guests to enjoy and will allow us to grow even more in the future.

Don Harrill
President
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Builder of the Week: Easy living built right in at Kemmons Wilson Inc. communities

If you feel chained to your house and trapped in a lifetime of yard work and home repairs, now there is an alternative.

Kemmons Wilson Inc. has under construction homes in three great communities in the Memphis area where you can continue to reap the benefits of home ownership and start enjoying your leisure time while someone else mows the grass, trims the shrubs and cleans the gutters.

Click here to read the full story at commercialappeal.com.

Wilson Air Center Opens Fourth FBO

Wilson Air Center Opens Fourth FBO at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) with Benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Wilson Air Center has brought their award-winning FBO service to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (KCHA). The facility officially opened August 4, 2011 and includes a newly constructed 9,000 sq. ft. executive terminal and complete, modern FBO campus featuring an office complex, hangar facilities, ramp and self-serve fuel farm.

A Grand Opening event held at the facility on August 11 brought out more than 250 Chattanooga community and business leaders from the area. The event featured a silent auction that raised nearly $11,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the 400 Chattanooga families who have undergone treatment there. In addition to the charity auction, Wilson Air Center was pleased to welcome static aircraft displays from manufacturers like Cessna, Hawker and Embraer.

The new terminal includes a massive open-floor plan lobby complete with fireplace, integrated coffee bar, a well-appointed executive conference room, and a fully equipped business center. The facility also features an upscale pilot’s lounge with two private snooze rooms, private shower for flight crews, and bicycles for pilot use.

Aesthetically, the terminal and office areas are decorated by photographs and paintings depicting Chattanooga landmarks and attractions. Created by local artists, these unique pieces give the new facilities an upscale and professional feel while retaining the warmth and hospitality for which Chattanooga and Wilson Air Center are known. The entire facility has been constructed to LEED Standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, resulting in a more eco-friendly aviation facility.

“Wilson Air Center customers can expect the same quality and service at the new Chattanooga location that they receive at all our locations - along with all the extras that come with building a facility from the ground up.” said Dave Ivey, vice president, Wilson Air Center.

Wilson Air Center is credited with reinventing the corporate aviation support industry by blending a heritage rich in hospitality management and a long-standing passion for aviation. The result is a level of award-winning service that is unparalleled in the FBO industry, having been voted #1 Best Chain in the Professional Pilot PRASE Survey 4 out of the last 5 years and as #1 Best FBO for a record 9 consecutive years (2000-2008) in the Aviation International News Annual FBO Survey

With locations in Memphis TN, Charlotte NC, Houston TX, and now Chattanooga TN, Wilson Air Center’s corporate aviation support facilities are renowned for their innovative approach to customer service and satisfaction that originated from roots within the hospitality industry. The Memphis location is the home of one of the world’s largest aircraft canopies, and is touted by the aviation industry as among the top fixed base operations in the United States for the quality of its services and the comfort and design of its facilities. For more information on Wilson Air Center – Chattanooga, please call 423-855-2299 or email cschattanooga@wilsonair.com. For more information on Wilson Air Centers’ other locations, please visit www.wilsonair.com.

FedEx Family House Dinners

For the last 4 months the Forrest Spence Fund has provided a warm meal for the families that are staying at the FedEx Family House. Click here to read more.

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RCI & Orange Lake Resorts, Home to Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Renew Affiliation Agreement

Click here to read the official announcement.

Holiday Inn Hotels Help Guests Stay Social, One Story at a Time

"To kick off Stay Social, Holiday Inn is proud to sponsor StoryCorps®, the national nonprofit organization that provides Americans the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their stories. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. The brand tapped C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr. and McLean Wilson, the son and grandson, respectively, of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, to be the first to share their personal travel stories and the connections they've made with their hotel guests over the years. Through StoryCorps, the Wilsons' recordings will be archived at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress ─ forever becoming part of American history."

Click here to see the full announcement from Holiday Inn.

WREG Channel 3 Bright Spot Interview at FedExFamilyHouse

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place – Jackson, TN Grand Opening Celebration

The Jackson Sun covers the May 10, 2011 Grand Opening Celebration for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place – Jackson, TN with a great slideshow and article.

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Our own Don Harrill chosen as Chairman of the American Resort Development Association

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place – Jackson, TN Officially Open for Guests

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PARK PLACE – JACKSON, TN
OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR GUESTS


Jackson, TN, March 22, 2011 – Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. (WHMC) and Park Place Hotel Associates, LLC today announce the official opening of the new 92-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place located at 55 Parkstone Place, Jackson, TN 38305.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place Jackson, TN proudly opens with the brand's new sign, which is the seal of approval that the property exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program. First announced in 2007, the Holiday Inn global brand relaunch was established to create a more contemporary brand image - improving quality and driving consistency across the global IHG hotel portfolio.

"Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Jim O'Brien, Executive Vice President of WHMC, which is responsible for day-to-day operations of new the property. "With thousands of properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites portfolio continues to expand in markets like Jackson, TN, providing guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We welcome this hotel into our management portfolio with the brand new sign and everything it represents, and look forward to providing Jackson’s guests with exemplary service and an overnight stay to remember."

Located at 55 Parkstone Place off I-40 at Exit 85, the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place Jackson,TN is at a prime location for both business and leisure travelers. The property features 92 Deluxe Rooms and Suites, Free Express Start Breakfast Bar, 32 Inch Flat Screen HD TV’s, Granite Vanities, Simply Smart Bedding Collection, Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Interior Corridors, Fitness Center, FREE Wired and Wireless High-Speed Internet Access, Business Center, FREE Local, On Site Guest Laundry, a 24 Hour Sundry Shop and many other value-added features and amenities. The hotel is a 100% Smoke Free Facility.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park Place Jackson, TN is owned by Park Place Hotel Associates, LLC and proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc, a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies.

Hoteliers ponder reinstating cut items

Hotel owners everywhere reduced costs during the recession by eliminating jobs, amenities and operational features that were deemed extraneous. With talk of a recovery gaining momentum daily, hotel owners and operators are beginning to wonder if they should start reinstating those aspects of the business that fell by the wayside during the past two years.

Click here for the full story at hotelnewsnow.com

Wilson Air Center lands in Chattanooga

Wilson Air Center has been awarded the contract to manage and operate the FBO facilities at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Click here to read a PDF of the official announcement.

Latest news on FedExFamilyHouse

Check out the latest news on FedExFamilyHouse, proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc.!

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Askew to Lead FedExFamilyHouse

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010, Vol. 125, No. 194
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Bridgette Askew has been named general manager of the FedExFamilyHouse at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

Hometown: Memphis

Work Experience: Prior to (becoming general manager of the FedExFamilyHouse), I was the general manager for an Extended Stay Hotel, which included long-term stays. In the past, I have worked for several brands, including Marriott, Ramada, Holiday Inn and Days Inn.

Family: I am married to an awesome man, Tyrone Askew. We have five children and two grandchildren. The children’s names are Shaquitta, Brittany, John, Tremaine and Bianca. The ages range from 17 years to 26 years of age.

What drew you to the FedExFamilyHouse and Le Bonheur? What FedExFamilyHouse and Le Bonheur represent – helping, caring and giving hope to people who need hope at a critical time, and I want to be a part of that vision. I did volunteer work for St. Peter Villa. I wanted to work with the patients who didn’t have families. So I asked the volunteer coordinator if I could visit these patients because they needed someone as well. I volunteered as a patient visitor for three years. I was inspired to become a nursing assistant so I could give to someone who needed it.

How important is the FedExFamilyHouse to Le Bonheur and the Memphis community? It is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families. We are what a “home away from home” is really all about. You have a lot of families who need a place like FedExFamilyHouse to relieve the stress, burden and expense of being away from home while their children are treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. FedExFamilyHouse’s purpose is to meet the needs of each and every family who enters the doors of the house. Memphis should embrace the opportunity to be a city that actively supports the needs of children and families.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Making people feel good. Whether it is saying hello, thank you, excuse me, you’re welcome or even have a good day. People love to feel cared for and appreciated. To show people no matter what life throws your way, someone cares and s there to lend a helping hand.

Memphis area executives are urged to follow a 'family first' business plan

The importance of family was the theme of a luncheon Thursday, September 9th, 2010 organized by Kem Wilson Jr. The event was covered by the Memphis Commercial Appeal here.

Family of Kemmons Wilson marks 50 years of philanthropy in city he loved

The August 31, 2010 edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal has a great story on the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation. Click here to read the full article.

Hawaii's Outrigger Hotels Founder Compared to Kemmons Wilson

Upon the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber being reflagged as the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort (IHG’s first presence and their flagship in Hawaii since the start of their re-launch efforts of the new Holiday Inn brand in 2007), Richard Kelly, son of the founder of Outrigger Hotels, which owns and operates the hotel, draws comparisons between his father and Kemmons Wilson. Click here to read Richard's great article(PDF).

Kemmons Wilson Companies ranked 12th in Memphis' Top 100

The Memphis Business Journal's annual Top 100 Private Companies list has just been released, and the Kemmons Wilson Companies is ranked 12th, based on solid 13.8% revenue growth over the prior year. Read the full story here (subscription required).

Behind the "Great Sign"

Check out this neat story on Kemmons Wilson in the May 2010 edition of MidSouth Magazine!

Development rebounds in Jackson, TN's Park Place

The June 6, 2010 edition of the Jackson Sun covers the resurgence in commercial construction projects near Pringles Park. One of those projects is WHMC's under-construction Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jackson!

Carnival Memphis honors local entrepreneurship

The Kemmons Wilson Companies were among the honorees at Carnival Memphis' recent luncheon in recognition of the private equity and venture capital industry. The Memphis Commercial Appeal covers the event in this story.

Holiday Inn comes full circle

McLean Wilson makes the cover of Lodging Magazine's April 2010 issue with an accompanying story titled, "Full Circle: Even as the Holiday Inn brand transforms for today’s world, it’s getting back to the original ideals of its iconic founder." Click here to read it.

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'Warm, fuzzy' relaunch for Holiday Inn brand

The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a nice story on the relaunch of the Holiday Inn brand in it's March 24, 2010 edition. Click here to ready the article.

Kem Wilson Jr. is a guest blogger on grizzliesonline.com

Guest blogger Kem Wilson Jr. describes why he mentors and his conviction about the need for adults to pass along their wisdom to those who will “take your place.” Read the post here.

Spence Wilson to be honored as a "Master Entrepreneur"

The Memphis Society of Entrepreneurs will honor Spence Wilson as a 'Master.' This story in the March 3, 2010 edition of the Commercial Appeal has the details.

Hotel executives talk shop over dinner in Memphis

hotelnewsnow.com covers the February 11, 2010 meeting between 20 senior hotel industry officials to discuss the state of the industry. Read the article here.

Holiday Inn's $1 billion relaunch plan is working

Room at the Holiday Inn: How an American icon was reinvented for the 21st century

independent.co.uk covers Holiday Inn from the beginning through today's makeover of the brand. Click here for the story.

Refreshed, Redefined & Relaunched: Holiday Inn's New Look

Convention South Magazine covers Holiday Inn's new look and our recently opened Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria in their December 2009 issue.

Chef Edward Nowakowski Wins IHG Award

Our own Chef Edward Nowakowski has been honored as Best Food & Beverage Director from among 1,100 full service Holiday Inns!

Kemmons Wilson Companies honored as Top Corporate 'Neighbors'

The Memphis Commercial Appeal covers the 23rd annual Corporate Neighbor Awards breakfast at Memphis Botanic Garden, where the Kemmons Wilson Companies were honored as Top Corporate Neighbors. The full story is here.

Spence Wilson delivers "A Success Story" speech at Amdetur Conference (ARDA)

Great speech on October 29, 2009 by Spence Wilson given to the Amdetur Conference (ARDA) in Mexico City. Download Word file of the speech here.

Spence Wilson recently delivered a great speech to The Society of Entrepreneurs

See the entire speech here.

Memphis Grizzlies House wins World Series of Housekeeping

Competition reminds Memphians who's keeping area hotel rooms looking sharp. See the Memphis Commercial Appeal article here.

Spence Wilson shares keys to business success

Great article about Spence Wilson in the October 21, 2009 edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Click here to read it.

He Drove Holiday Inn Upward

Investor's Business Daily's story on Kemmons Wilson is here.

Media coverage of the new Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria

FedExFamilyHouse breaks ground

FedExFamilyHouse, a 24-suite facility for the families of patients undergoing extended care at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, broke ground on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a story here.

Kem Wilson Jr. is profiled in the July 31-Aug 6, 2009 issue of the Memphis Business Journal

Read the profile here (subscription required).

Don Harrill, President and CEO of Orange Lake Resort, speaks with the Orlando Sentinel

Don Harrill, 58, is president and chief executive officer of Orange Lake Resort, a sprawling time-share resort near Walt Disney World that recently agreed to a licensing deal with Holiday Inn. Harrill spoke with Sentinel reporter Sara K. Clarke. Click here to read article.

Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis - Wolfchase Appoints Chris Rosa General Manager

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(MEMPHIS, TENN., FEB. 17, 2009) – Wilson Hotel Management Company Inc. (WHMC) announced that Chris Rosa has been named general manager of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis - Wolfchase at 2751 New Brunswick Road next to Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis, Tenn.

As general manager, Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property, which is expected to open in the second quarter of 2009. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, including positions as vice president of Operations for Equity Estates, general manager at the Sheraton Meadowlands, area manager of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, as well as other prominent positions in the hospitality industry dating back to 1986. Under Rosa’s management, properties have been awarded Quality Excellence and Guest Loyalty Awards from IHG and the President’s Award from Wyndham Hotels for market share excellence. Rosa has also been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.

Rosa will be at the helm of a property that will showcase the new Holiday Inn sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and drive consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome, guestroom and guest bath comfort. The global estate of more than 3,200 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties is expected to be re-launched by the end of 2010.

“We are proud to be opening a Holiday Inn and Suites with the new sign and hallmarks, and Chris Rosa is the right person to lead the charge,” said Jim O’Brien, Executive Vice President for Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. “His extensive operations experience will be critical as we continue the legacy of Holiday Inn in its hometown of Memphis,” he continued.

The Holiday Inn and Suites at Wolfchase is owned by Wolfchase Hotel Associates, LLC and proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc., a division of Kemmons Wilson, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

About Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
With nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In fact, Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, KidSuites rooms and, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.” For more information about Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.

Hampton Inn and Suites at Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary, FL Wins Award

The Hampton Inn and Suites at Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary, Florida has received the 2008 Circle of Excellence award from Hampton Inns. This award is only given to the top 10% of all Hampton products!

Holiday Inn Club Vacations(TM) Goes Live

Holiday Inn’s first timeshare resort is now available to guests for rental and timeshare ownership. Read the official announcement here.

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses benefits from WHMC donation

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University of Memphis Holiday Inn Lauded

The Memphis Commercial Appeal notes Holiday Inn University of Memphis' sixth consecutive Torchbearer Award, given by InterContinental Hotels Group for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operations and customer satisfaction. The hotel has won the top performing award every year since it opened.

KW Companies' Orange Lake Resort to be Rebranded Holiday Inn Club Vacations

InterContinental Hotels Group is breaking into the timeshare market and at the same time reuniting its Holiday Inn business with the family that founded the brand. Read the story on FT.com here.

University of Memphis’ Holiday Inn, Fogelman Center Become University Profit Centers

Read the Memphis Business Journal's report on the success of the Holiday Inn University of Memphis and Fogelman Executive Conference Center (Subscription required).

Hotel & Motel Management Magazine ranks third-party management firms

Hotel & Motel Management Magazine's annual coverage of third-party management companies includes Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. See here (subscription required).

Graduates and enrollment increasing at University of Memphis Hospitality School

The Memphis Business Journal reports on increasing graduates and enrollment at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis.

New Wolfchase Holiday Inn Plans Noted by Memphis Daily News

Click here to read the article from the 11/27/07 edition of the Memphis Daily News.

Kemmons Wilson Jr. throws first pitch at game two of the 2007 World Series

On Thursday, October 25th, our very own Kemmons Wilson Jr. was on hand at Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game two of the 2007 World Series! Click here to read more...

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The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management receives $100,000 grant

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association has granted $100,000 to the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management. The Memphis Business Journal covers the story here.

Holiday Inn chain gives itself a face-lift

usatoday.com covers InterContinental Hotels Group's massive campaign to modernize the Holiday Inn chain and to restore consistency and predictability for travelers.

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Wilson Buys Land for Wolfchase Holiday Inn

The Memphis Daily News covers Wilson Hotel Management Company's purchase of three acres of land off New Brunswick Road @ U.S. 64 for the new Holiday Inn Wolfchase.

New frontiers: Variety is key to success for Kemmons Wilson Cos.

The July 6, 2007 edition of the Memphis Business Journal includes an article on the variety of companies under the Kemmons Wilson Cos. umbrella. Click here to read the article (paid subscription required).

WHMC receives Spirit of Giving Award

Volunteer Memphis, an organization that develops, promotes, and supports volunteerism, has given WHMC the Spirit of Giving Award. Read more here.

Jim O'Brien, Executive VP of WHMC, is quoted in two recent hotelmotel.com articles

Hot meal is welcomed by St. Jude families at Grizzlies House

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports on Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. and local restaurant owners who have found a way to take the burden off families staying at the Memphis Grizzlies House.

All in the Family

The Kemmons Wilson foundation helps 120 Memphis-area interests.

Jonathan Williams has been selected as the new General Manager at Holiday Inn Jackson I-40

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HOLIDAY INN JACKSON I-40 GETS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Memphis, TN, November 27, 2006...Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. today announced that Jonathan Williams has been selected as General Manager for the Holiday Inn Jackson I-40 located at 541 Carriage House Drive in Jackson, TN.

As General Manager, Jonathan will direct all areas of the hotel's operations, including hotel administration, guest service, and sales and marketing.

Jonathan is an accomplished hospitality industry professional, having served in various capacities at hotel properties across the Mid South. Most recently Jonathan was General Manager at Courtyard by Marriot-Lenox Park in Memphis. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

"Based on Jonathan's outstanding track-record in the hospitality industry, we are confident that he will be instrumental in ensuring the continued success of the Holiday Inn Jackson I-40," said Jim O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. "John will be a strong asset to the property."

Holiday Inn Jackson I-40 provides guests with a full complement of services and amenities, including a 5-story garden atrium, 135 oversized guest rooms and suites, Celebrations Restaurant and Lounge, indoor pool, fitness facility, and banquet services.

The hotel is proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. based in Memphis, TN (901)346-8800.

Cayce Wright has been selected as the new General Manager at the Memphis Grizzlies House

For more information
Contact Jim O'Brien
At 901-346-8800

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES HOUSE AT ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL APPOINTS GENERAL MANAGER

Memphis, TN, June, 21, 2006 - Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. today announced that Cayce Wright has been selected as General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

As General Manager, Cayce will direct all areas of the facility's operations, including administration, staffing, and resident services.

“Cayce has an outstanding record in the hospitality industry and we are confident she will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,” said Jim O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. “Cayce will be a strong asset to the facility.”

Cayce has over 12 years experience in the Mid-South hospitality industry, and has served as General Manager at several Mississippi casino hotels. She has a Bachelor of Science, Health and Human Sciences degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a short-term stay facility for families of patients undergoing treatment at the hospital. The 70,000 square foot property, is located on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital campus at 350 North Third.

The Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is made possible by private donations as well as a $5 million pledge gift from the Memphis Grizzlies NBA organization.

It is the only on-campus residential facility, housing up to 100 families at a time. Patient families reside at the Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at no cost while children undergo evaluation and treatment.

The Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is proudly managed by Memphis-based Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc., a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies.

KW Companies listed in MBJ's Top 100 Private Companies in Memphis

The Memphis Business Journal's 6/19/06 edition features the "Top 100 Private Companies in Memphis," which includes the Kemmons Wilson Companies (WHMC's Parent Company) at number 14, based on gross revenue. Suscribe here. Order your Memphis Business Journal "Book of Lists" here.

Kemmons Wilson Companies honored

Kemmons Wilson Companies honored at Carnival Memphis' "Salute to MidSouth Commerce."

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management Newsletter

Check out the March 2006 issue of “The Partner”; the newsletter of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis.

Hampton Inn Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark wins award

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HAMPTON INN AND SUITES LAKE MARY AT COLONIAL TOWNPARK NAMED NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE AWARD WINNER

LAKE MARY, FL, FEBRUARY 20, 2006...Hampton®, the national brand of mid-priced Hampton Inn® and Hampton Inn & Suites® hotels, has honored the Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark with the company's Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the brand's top hotels among more than 1,300 Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark was recognized for its high rankings in quality, guest satisfaction and business performance. The award criteria were based on customer feedback measured through guest satisfaction surveys on the hotel, as well as product quality and service scores measured quarterly by the company.

“The competition to be among the elite group of Hampton Lighthouse Award winners becomes stronger each year as the Hampton brand continues to add more hotels, making us especially proud this year to receive the honor at Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark,” said Jim O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. the hotel's management company. “The General Manager, Mark Plebanski, and his team of extraordinary employees, work hard every day to provide the best in guest service. It is nice to see them recognized for their efforts” added O'Brien.

The hotel is also a recent recipient of Hampton's Circle of Excellence Award, placing it first in the organization's top ten percent of best in quality and service.

The Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark is a state-of-the-art Hampton Inn and Suites with 86 guest rooms and 45 suites designed for the business traveler. Amenities include complimentary in-room high-speed Internet service, complimentary On The House™ Hot Breakfast, voicemail and speakerphone, advanced cable TV system, outdoor pool and whirlpool, laundry/valet service, 24-hour "Suite Shop," fitness facility, fax and photocopy services, meeting facilities and more. It is conveniently located in the Colonial TownPark 175 acre mixed-use park (upscale retail shops, movie theater, numerous restaurants, corporate office park) and offers easy access to all that Central Florida has to offer.

The hotel is owned by Spence L. Wilson, Robert A. Wilson and C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr. and is proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc., a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies, based in Memphis, TN (901)346-8800.

Hampton is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises 2,500 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Company®, and Homewood Suites by Hilton®.

Things to do in Memphis - The Kemmons Wilson Gallery

The Memphis Business Journal's 2006 Memphis Meetings & Convention Guide features a list of 49 things to see and do in Memphis. The Kemmons Wilson Gallery, housed at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, was named #18. This ranking was higher than Libertyland Amusement Park, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis Botanic Garden, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Queen Line Riverboats, Memphis Rock'N' Soul Museum, Memphis Zoo, the National Civil Rights Museum, and even the internationally-famous Peabody Ducks! Suscribe to the Memphis Business Journal here.

Grandson of Holiday Inns founder earns dual degree at Cornell

The Summer 2005 issue of Cornell Hotel School Magazine includes a story on Kem Wilson III, "Building a Legacy of His Own. Grandson of Holiday Inns founder earns dual degree at Cornell." Download the PDF.

"In Depth: Family Business. Next! Passing the torch of a family-owned business requires planning."

The Memphis Business Journal's July 8-14 issue features the Kemmons Wilson Companies in a piece called, "In Depth: Family Business. Next! Passing the torch of a family-owned business requires planning." (registration may be required to view link.)

Top 100 Private Companies in Memphis

The Memphis Business Journal's 6/17/05 edition features the "Top 100 Private Companies in Memphis," which includes the Kemmons Wilson Companies (WHMC's Parent Company) at number 13, based on gross revenue. Suscribe here. Order your Memphis Business Journal "Book of Lists" here.

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Grizzlies House Celebrates Birthday

Memphis Grizzlies House celebrates first birthday.

Chef Nowakowski prepares exotic dishes...

Holiday Inn University of Memphis' Chef Edward Nowakowski prepares exotic dishes for Annual Opera Memphis Wild Game Dinner (free registration required to view link).

KW School winning over students...

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management is winning over students (free registration required to view link).

Business Week profiles Kemmons Wilson

BusinessWeek profiles Kemmons Wilson as part of its "Greatest Innovators of the Past 75 Years" series.

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark gets new GM

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HAMPTON INN AND SUITES LAKE MARY AT COLONIAL TOWNPARK GETS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

LAKE MARY, FL, OCTOBER 4, 2004...Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. today announced that Mark Plebanski has been selected as General Manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark.

As General Manager, Plebanski will direct all areas of the hotel's operations, including hotel administration, sales and marketing efforts, and guest services.

Plebanski brings over 15 year's experience in the hospitality industry and most recently held the position of General Manager for the Homewood Suites - Lake Mary, FL.

"Mark has extensive hotel management background and brings years of experience with him. He has the skills and knowledge to take the Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark to the Hampton Brand award-winning level," said Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc.'s Executive Vice President, Jim O'Brien.

The Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark is a state-of-the-art Hampton Inn and Suites with 86 guest rooms and 45 suites designed for the business traveler. Amenities include in-room high-speed internet service, voicemail and speakerphone, advanced cable TV system, outdoor pool and whirlpool, laundry/valet service, 24-hour "Suite Shop," fitness facility, fax and photocopy services, meeting facilities and more. It is conveniently located in the Colonial TownPark mixed-use complex, offering easy access to all that Central Florida has to offer.

The hotel is proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc., a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies, based in Memphis, TN (901)346-8800.

The WHMC-managed Memphis Grizzlies House is now open!

The WHMC-managed Memphis Grizzlies House is now open! The Grizzlies House is an extraordinary 100-room short-stay facility located on the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Read all about it via these links:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis Business Journal (free registration required to view link)
Memphis Grizzlies NBA Team
Memphis Commercial Appeal (free registration required to view link)

WHMC opens new Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark

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WILSON HOTEL MANAGEMENT CO., INC. OPENS NEW HAMPTON INN & SUITES HOTEL AT COLONIAL TOWNPARK IN LAKE MARY, FL

Lake Mary, FL, October 16, 2003...Lake Mary Hotel Associates, LLC today announced the official opening if its new 131-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel located in Colonial TownPark at 850 Village Oak Lane in Lake Mary, FL. Lake Mary's new Hampton Inn & Suites hotel combines 86 traditional guest rooms with 45 larger, more spacious studio suite rooms.

"The new Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark is an exciting addition to the Lake Mary market," said Jim O'Brien, executive vice president of Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc., the firm responsible for day-to-day management of the new property. "With the full complement of guest services and amenities that Hampton Inn & Suites offers, we expect this hotel to become a preferred choice in lodging for business and leisure travelers to the area."

The hotel is located in Lake Mary's Colonial TownPark a Colonial Properties Trust (National Developer of the Year 2003) development which will be anchored by the Stadium Seating Amstar 12 Movie Theater, Albertson's Grocery Store, Blackfin Grill, Dexter’s Restaurant, Amura Japanese Steakhouse, and Crisper’s Restaurant among other upscale retail shops and corporate developments.

The hotel chain features many value-added services and amenities for consumers, including a free breakfast bar, free local telephone calls, no surcharge for long-distance access when using a calling card, a free in-room movie channel, an in-room coffee maker, iron and ironing board, free accommodations for children 18 years old and younger when sharing a room with their parents, and 75% of guest rooms designated as non-smoking. In addition, all rooms have a refrigerator and microwave oven. All Hampton Inn & Suites also offer an on-site convenience shop and coin-laundry facility.

The hotel also features a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, two meeting rooms accommodating two to seventy people, in-room high speed internet access and an advanced cable TV system with 67 channels, including HBO. In addition, Hampton Inn & Suites' unconditional 100% Satisfaction Guarantee promises complete satisfaction to each guest, or their night's stay is free.

Members of the Hilton HHonors® guest reward program can earn HHonors points in addition to airline miles for every qualifying stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark. HHonors is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to reap Double Dip® earnings by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay. To make reservations or request information about the Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark, travelers may call the chain's national toll-free number, 1-800-HAMPTON (1-800-426-7866), or access the Hampton Inn & Suites Web site at www.hamptoninn-suites.com.

Hampton Inn & Suites is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises approximately 2000 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best-known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad™, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Company®, and Homewood Suites® by Hilton.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark is proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc. (WHMC) based in Memphis, TN. WHMC is a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies, an enduring legacy of Kemmons Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inns, Inc., and the man recognized as having created the modern day hospitality industry. The firm manages a wide variety of hotel properties located in the southern United States.

KW School announces first scholarship recipient

Tephane Rainey, 22, is the first recipient of a scholarship funded by InterContinental Hotels Group through its partnership with the University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

Kemmons Wilson recognized

Fortune Small Business recognizes Kemmons Wilson's Entrepreneurial spirit in a recent article, The Great American Company.

Holiday Inn Jackson, TN Wins Quality Excellence Award

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HOLIDAY INN JACKSON, TN WINS QUALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Holiday Inn Jackson, TN has won the Six Continents Hotels 2002 Quality Excellence Award, given only to hotels achieving distinction in all aspects of their operations.

The Holiday Inn Jackson, TN is one of 260 properties selected from the company's more than 3,300 hotels in recognition of overall quality excellence. In order to receive the award, the hotel had to achieve a high score in the 12-Month Overall Satisfaction Index (OSI), a system designed for guests to evaluate Holiday Inns and their performance, including product quality and guest service.

The hotel was honored during special ceremonies at the annual Six Continents Hotels 2002 Global Investors and General Managers Conferences in San Diego, CA.

"The Quality Excellence Award is presented to hotels that demonstrate the highest standards in product quality, hotel operation and guest satisfaction as recognized by the people who know us best our guests," said Richard North, CEO of Six Continents Hotels. "It is my privilege to honor the Holiday Inn Jackson, TN for this outstanding achievement.

USA Today covers Kemmons Wilson and Holiday Inns' 50th Anniversary

USA Today recognizes Kemmons Wilson and the 50th anniversary of Holiday Inns.

Kemmons Wilson honored

Mr. Wilson honored at the 23rd annual University of Memphis Distinguished Alumni Awards.

U of M Hotel School Poised for First Test

U of M hotel school poised for first test: Easter Brunch (free registration required to view link).

Holiday Inn Jackson, TN I-40 Wins Pinnacle Award

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HOLIDAY INN JACKSON, TN I-40 RECEIVES PINNACLE AWARD

Jackson, TN...Holiday Inn Jackson, TN I-40 was recently awarded the Pinnacle Award by the Business Services Council of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award recognizes businesses which have risen to the pinnacle of business leadership among local Jackson, TN companies.

Managed by Michael Collier, and owned by K.W. Development Company, Inc., Holiday Inn Jackson, TN I-40 opened in June of 1990. The hotel offers a variety of services including a restaurant and lounge, banquet facilities, a fitness center and an indoor heated pool.

The rooms consist of singles, doubles and suites with microwaves, refrigerators, coffeepots and iron and ironing boards. “Our key goal and our philosophy,” says Collier, “is to consistently meet and exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations, while providing a quality product that we can be proud of, and to make a profit at the same time.”

The hotel strives to provide employees that are of the highest standards, the best possible work environment and to grow.

Holiday Inn Jackson I-40 is operated by Memphis, TN, based Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. (901-346-8800).

The man who defined customer service

Who better to write about customer service than the man who literally defined the concept? Kemmons Wilson shares his ideas about customer service and why he wanted to establish training for the hospitality industry at The University of Memphis in his recent article, "How to Make Your Guests Happy" in "Business Perspectives," (Summer Edition), a publication of the University of Memphis' Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Also see the related article, "Customer Service and The Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management" in the same issue.

WHMC's Contributions to Give Kids The World Top $215,000

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WHMC CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO GIVE KIDS THE WORLD TOP $215,000

Memphis, TN, May 29, 2001...Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc. (WHMC) today announced that it has again made a large contribution to Give Kids The World, the company’s favorite charity.

Give Kids The World is a 51-acre resort for children with life-threatening illnesses who wish to visit Walt Disney World and other Central Florida attractions.

WHMC’s support of and involvement with Give Kids The World reaches back more than a decade, and the recent contribution, made officially during WHMC’s annual General Manager’s Conference in April, adds $12,000 to WHMC’s contributions to Give Kids The World.

According to WHMC Executive Vice President, Jim O’Brien, the company’s total contributions to Give Kids The World exceed $215,000. “We all take our support of Give Kids The World very seriously, and we’re happy to participate in such a worthy cause,” said O’Brien. “And there’s more to come from each and every one of us!”

Dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida. The resort serves as a unique retreat for children who have expressed the special wish to visit Walt Disney World and other Central Florida attractions. WHMC has joined the hundreds of corporations, organizations and individuals who’ve come together to create magical moments for children and families that will last a lifetime.

WHMC is a division of the Kemmons Wilson Companies. WHMC operates 15 hotels of various brands in the Southern United States.

Read all about our first General Manager's Meeting of the new millennium

Read all about our first General Manager's Meeting of the new millennium in this special PDF edition of our Spotlight Newsletter! (1.8MB download, requires Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher to view/print.)

Kemmons Wilson Companies one of the largest private businesses in Memphis, TN

Kemmons Wilson Companies (WHMC's Parent Company) is one of the largest private businesses in Memphis, TN and was recently highlighted in the Memphis Business Journal's "Top 100 Private Companies."

Vickie Bradley awarded the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jackson Park Place receives Trip Advisor award!

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