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Meet Our Team of Hotel Management Specialists

Great American Hotel Group, believe in a team effort approach to quality guest services. Every associate is expected to always do their best and meet or exceed the high standards we have set for our organization.  With the support of our leadership team, and the excitement and enthusiasm we generate together, excellence is within our collective reach.

William D. (David) Akridge, President

David Akridge, Receiver

  • Provides market analysis and strategy guidance allowing staff to improve overall ADR & REVPAR
  • Has access to centralized purchasing for volume discounts.
  • Established relationships with Franchisors that enable us to re-license hotels under lender friendly terms and conditions.
  • Established relationships with most National Hotel Brokers, that enable us to actively bring about a profitable sale
  • Facilitates takeover of hotels for receiverships or foreclosures; overseeing brand transition if applicable; monitoring compliance issues
  • Ability to provide comprehensive property management, maintenance, renovation, refurbishment, financial & appraisal consulting, as well as marketing services

Credentials

Education
Tampa College – Tampa, Florida – Bachelor of Business Administration – 1988

Experience
Vice President – Great American Hotel Group, Inc. f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Incorporated 1985-Present Portsmouth, NH 03801

Memberships
Past member of the Full Service Committee of the International Association of Holiday Inns, also served in the Ambassador Program Of the International Association of Holiday Inns

Professional Licenses
North Carolina Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
Florida Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
Georgia Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
New Hampshire Licensed Real Estate Broker

Affiliations
CHA – Certified Hotel Administrator
CCRA – Certified Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
CREA – Certified Real Estate Appraiser
Florida Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
Georgia Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
North Carolina Real Estate Salesman License (Previously Licensed)
New Hampshire Real Estate Broker – Active

Gabrielle Smith, Corporate Controller

Gabrielle Smith, Corporate ControllerProposed services to be performed: Accounting for Hotel Management

Credentials

Education
New Hampshire College – B.S. in business Studies with Concentration in accounting & Business Management – Magna Cum Laude

Work Experience

1997 to Present Great American Hotel Group, Inc. f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Controller

  • Coordinate on-site property takeovers and terminations
  • Member of internal audit team
  • Responsible for monthly financial statements for multiple properties, including cash and accrual basis accounting
  • Responsible for cash management and forecasting for multiple properties
  • Participate in budget preparation
  • Review monthly sales & use and occupancy tax returns
  • Train and supervise staff

Relevant experience

Ability to take over a property on short notice, set up bank accounts, payroll, merchant processing for credit cards. Experience also includes closing out financials and settling accounts when a property sells or ownership is transferred.

Suzanne Baele, Corporate Director of Human Resources

Suzanne-3431Credentials

Education
Regis College, Denver, CO
– Bachelor of Arts

Memberships
Greater Cincinnati Hotel/Motel Association
Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association
Greater Sharonville Hotel/Motel Association
Greater Sharonville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Sharonville Chamber of Commerce
Former Board Member & President of Social health Education
Volunteer Muscular Sclerosis
Volunteer Downs Syndrome

Over 30 years experience in hospitality industry

Work Experience

2006 to Present – Great American Hotel Group f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Corporate Director of Human Resources

  • Responsible for providing oversight to 23 properties with more that 800 employees, working closely with each General Manager and Regional Directors of Operations to ensure each hotel provides a safe work place with fair wages in an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment while encouraging each employee to excel to their full potential.
  • Responsible for providing takeover services to include evaluation of existing staff, review and verification of existing employee files to confirm eligibility, ensuring payroll is set up properly, issuing & reviewing the Employee Handbook, and conducting orientation.
  • Responsible for providing on-going training/review of company policies and procedures as well as brand standards to ensure employees can meet and or exceed guest expectations.
  • Responsible for providing support to individual hotels by handling sensitive HR issues and defusing potential situations before they get out of hand, making referrals to the corporate attorney as needed.

1994 – 2006 Great American Hotel Group, Inc. f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
General Manager, or Director of Operations for multi property portfolio

1984 – 1993 Hilton Hotels
Director of Human Resources – 320 Room Unionized Hotel

  • Key member of negotiation team
  • Responsible for dispute and grievance resolution
  • Represented the hotel on the union employee pension board
  • Sought and implemented benefit package for all non-union associates.
  • Promoted to AGM overseeing Human Resources, Housekeeping, Security, Front Office
  • Promoted to GM

1983 Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Human Resources Manager

Relevant Experience

  • General Manager – Best Western, Comfort Inn, Crowne Plaza
  • General Manager involved in major renovation and reflagging of an independent hotel to a full service major brand
  • General Manager of multi unit portfolio of hotel responsible for assisting third party client in the sale of individual hotel properties.
  • Human Resources Manager, Hilton & Hyatt hotels

Linda Komornik, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Over 35 years experience in hospitality industry working positions in every hotel department, convention and visitor’s bureau sales and tourism departments, and restaurant operations.

Credentials:

Education
Benedictine College – Atchison, KS – Bachelor of Arts Physical Education/Journalism – 1977

Achievements
Board Member – Norfolk Hotel/Motel Association
Board Member – Indian River Tourism Committee
Vice President – Kissimmee Hotel/Motel Association
Board Member – Colorado Tourism Board
Chairman – Colorado Tourism Board Bus Tour Development Committee
Tourism Employee of the Year – State of Colorado  

Work Experience:

1995 to Present – Great American Hotel Group f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

  • Pre-opening services to include brand sales ramp up, market competition study, property positioning, rate positioning, sales team production goals, direct/indirect/third party strategies, package and collateral development, recruitment and on-site operational opening team.
  • Takeover services to include evaluation of existing staff and sales/marketing leadership, review of effectiveness of individual and team goals, review of direct/indirect/third party sales strategies, review of all property sales collateral, advertising, promotional and packages, review competition and adjust comp set as appropriate, review rate positioning.  Modify all programs as dictated by corporate culture.
  • On-going services to include providing developmental opportunities for improving sales/marketing skills, ensuring that property sales teams are working with brand partners and regional/national sales to maximize use of brand sales opportunities, are using brand tools and websites effectively, understanding and having command of real time sales operations, directing and supervising property level sales and marketing strategies, monitoring sales and marketing plan development, directing and participating in sales blitzes, attending national and local sales functions, trade shows and other industry events.

Relevant experience

  • General Manager – SpringHill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson
  • Director of Food and Beverage – Carambola Beach Resort – USVI
  • Restaurant General Manager – Ronaldo’s Restaurant, Methuen, MA and Bertucci’s, North Andover, MA
  • Banquet and Catering Services Managers – Marriott Greenspoint, Houston, TX
  • Director of Sales and Tourism – Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Sales & Marketing Manager – Newport Golf Club, Newport, NH
  • National Sales & Marketing Coordinator – Omni Hotels, Corporate Office, Hampton, NH
  • Catering Sales Coordinator – Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek, CO
  • Quality Assurance Trainer
  • Assistant to Head Coach/Team Travel Coordinator – Washington Diplomats Soccer Club, Washington, DC
  • Staff Assistant – Office of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Washington, DC

James (Jim) C. Davis, Regional Director of Operations

Jim DavisCredentials:

Education
Limestone College/American Military University – Bachelor of Business Accounting/Finance
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Memberships
International Association of Holiday Inns – Past Member
South Carolina Council of Economic Development – Sub-Committee Board Member
Cherokee County Council of Economic Development – Board Member

Military Service
United States Army Reserves – 1980 to Present
Certified Master Resiliency Trainer for US Army
Equal Opportunity Leader for the Military, District of Washington
Advisor for Veterans Affairs Committee, United States Army Reserve Command
NCOIC for Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games Joint Task Force 2016
United States Sergeants Major Academy – Graduate
United States Army Reserves Drill Sergeant School – Past Commandant

Work Experience:

2001 to Present – Great American Hotel Group f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Regional Director of Operations

  • 25+ years experience in the hotel industry
  • Responsible for the oversight of selected hotels in portfolio for private investors and lending institutions.
  • Served as General Manager in several distressed hotels reversing negative trends directly impacting asset profitability.
  • Oversees all areas of operations including development, hiring, owner liaison, budgets, renovations, sales and marketing.
  • Relationships with all franchise brands: Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton, and Wyndham Hotel Group

2013 to 2016 – US Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program, Washington, DC
Sergeant Major/Operations NCOIC

  • Principle enlisted advisor to the Director of the US Army Wounded (AW2) Warrior Program, a globally dispersed organization with membership through the United States and abroad.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing policy, program oversight, welfare and support for over 25,000 severely wounded, injured and ill soldiers, veterans and their families.
  • Advised staff of nearly 250 dedicated soldiers, Army civilians and contract employees.
  • Involved with all aspects of Wounded Warrior care across the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, interagency, corporate and non-profit organizations.
  • Engaged with congressional leadership as well as public and private sector on matters of warrior care.

Highlights:

  • Utilized Lean Six Sigma Black Belt process to evaluate the AW2 Program and developed a comprehensive Standard of Operations (SOP).
  • Action Officer and lead on development of the US Army Wounded Warrior Alumni Program.
  • Selected as Source Selection Evaluation Board Chairperson, Personnel Services & Support. Responsible for reviewing, evaluation and recommendation in selection of a contract for support of the program. This contract was valued in access of $100 million.

1993 to 2001 – Hotel Associates, LP
Chief Operating Officer

  • Selected by three developers as COO for a new startup hotel development and management company.
  • Directed daily operations for portfolio to include sales and marketing.
  • Directed all strategic planning initiative and held P&L responsibility for over $50 million in hotel and lease hold assets.
  • Produced and analyzed monthly financial statements and pertinent information to ensure achievement of ownership investment goals.
  • Directly oversaw $25 million in renovations.
  • Increased asset values by 200% through property repositioning, increased revenues and maximizing EBITDA.
  • Trained and managed a staff of over 300 employees with continued emphasis on professional and personal development.

Highlights:

  • Developed first Holiday Inn & Suites branded hotel.
  • Developed and implemented accounting systems and procedures allowing for internal accounting functions and production of monthly Profit and Loss Statements.

Relevant Experience:

  • Sage Hospitality Resources, Denver, CO – General Manager, Food and Beverage Director
  • Hyatt Corporation, Property Controller
  • General Manager in various hotels: Holiday Inn, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Four Points by Sheraton, Ramada, Comfort Inn & Suites, Clarion, Days Inn & Suites
  • Food and Beverage Manager in various hotels: Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Radisson Hotel

 

Robert (Rob) L. Greene, Regional Director of Operations

Robert L. GreeneWork Experience

1974 t0 1981 – Ocean Properties, Ltd.
Managed several Holiday Inn Properties during renovations:

  • Holiday Inn Naples, FL
  • Holiday Inn Boca Raton, FL
  • Holiday Inn Kayenta, AZ

1981 to 1982 – Crab Pot Restaurant
Managed 2 different restaurants in the Ft. Lauderdale Area

  • Crab Pot Restaurant
  • Mr. Fishbones Restaurant

1983 to 1987 United States Army
Served in the Army, stationed in Berlin Germany

1983 to Present
Great American Hotel Group, Inc., f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Director of Operations

  • Over 34 years experience in the hotel & restaurant industry
  • 20 years as multi-unit property manager
  • Extensive experience with renovation planning and oversight
  • Planned/implemented/participated in takeover of hotels under receivership or foreclosure
  • Planned and implemented brand transition when appropriate
  • Preparation of budgets, forecasts and owner required reports
  • Completed analysis of local markets

Professional Licenses
New Hampshire Real Estate License (Previously Licensed)

Accreditations
CHA – Certified Hotel Administrator

Candy Grimbilas, Executive Assistant

Candy

Over 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry, committed to achieving high standards of client and guest satisfaction.

Credentials:

Education
Katherine Gibbs Business School – Boston, MA – Secretarial Program

Achievements
State of New Hampshire Notary
Former Certified Total Quality Management Facilitator

Work Experience:

1999 to Present – Great American Hotel Group f/k/a Ocean Hospitalities, Inc.
Executive Assistant

  • Provides administrative and business support to the President and Principle.
  • Designs and develops reports to track and monitor insurance policies, expiration dates, reporting of incidents/claims, taxes due, documents in storage or destroyed, timely filing of corporate reports.
  • Communicates corporate policy changes and directives.
  • Manages corporate cell phone plan.
  • Orders office supplies.
  • Initiates the formation/registration/dissolution and withdrawal of special purpose entities in a way that reduces expenses.
  • Trouble shoots, researches and resolves potential tax issues.

Relevant experience

  • Account Manager – Newmarket International, Portsmouth, NH
  • Manager, Standards Auditing – Omni Hotels, Hampton, NH
  • Consultant – Lowes Hotels, New York, NY
  • Administrative Assistant – Omni Hotels, Hampton, NH
  • Residence Inn
  • Courtyard
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hilton Garden Inn