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  • Chris Cargen

    Chris Cargen

    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Chris Cargen

    A seasoned hotelier passionate about hospitality. “I believe that the hospitality industry continues to evolve, and I have an unwavering commitment to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

    Since founding Hospitality America in 1995, Chris has been a force within the hospitality industry, cultivating the strong company culture the organization has today. Throughout Chris’ tenure, Hotel Business Magazine has consistently recognized Hospitality America as a Top 100 hospitality management company. The properties under his leadership have won numerous awards from Hilton and Marriott for their guest service and development success.

     

  • Jennifer Hopson

    Jennifer Hopson

    Corporate Director, Controller
    Corporate Director, Controller
    Jennifer Hopson

    Detailed-oriented with a drive for excellence, a team leader focused on operational performance and producing high-quality work. “What I love about accounting is that even though it’s mostly predictable, it also evolves and challenges us to create more efficient processes.”

  • Jon Jones

    Jon Jones

    Vice President, People & Culture
    Vice President, People & Culture
    Jon Jones

    A forward-thinking leader dedicated to producing change and challenging norms to foster employee success. Responsible for developing strategies to elevate the company’s ability to attract, retain, and develop top talent. “I believe that being intentional about cultivating an employee experience motivates and empowers team members to create exceptional guest experiences.”

  • Daniel Lock

    Daniel Lock

    Vice President, Commercial Strategy
    Vice President, Commercial Strategy
    Daniel Lock

    A motivating team builder, driving change and challenging the status quo. Responsible for aligning commercial disciplines with market opportunities and customer needs to influence profitability. “I love nothing more than turning ideas into reality in creative ways that inspire thought, action, and emotion.”

    Daniel is a U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Journalism.  Daniel has served in leadership roles in a number of charitable organizations, most recently as a Board Chair of the Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas.

  • Leigh Holloway

    Leigh Holloway

    Chief Strategy Officer
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Leigh Holloway

    A big-picture and analytical visionary. Responsible for deploying innovative revenue strategies to navigate complex market dynamics to maximize profitability. “I love digging into the data to learn what drives each market and leveraging this knowledge to better understand consumer behavior.”

  • Preston Werner

    Preston Werner

    Vice President, Finance
    Vice President, Finance
    Preston Werner

    A dynamic leader, committed to cultivating financial excellence.  Preston is responsible for strategic positioning to drive the financial performance of hotel assets, providing unparalleled oversight for hotel owners seeking to maximize investment returns. “I see my role as more than numbers.  I am driven to elevate financial performance, ensuring that every investment not only yields returns, but also tells a story of prosperity and growth.”

  • Ben Blackwell

    Ben Blackwell

    Assistant Vice President, Operations
    Ben Blackwell
    Assistant Vice President, Operations
    Ben Blackwell

    A motivating leader, empowering teams for collective success. Responsible for the operational success for our focused and select-service hotels, interfacing with property teams to develop and accomplish strategies to optimize revenue generation, margin performance, and profitability. “I am an enthusiastic advocate for teamwork and development with a commitment to mentorship.”

  • Frank Cook

    Frank Cook

    Vice President, Operations
    Frank Cook
    Vice President, Operations
    Frank Cook

    A seasoned mentor, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. Responsible for the operational success for our full-service and lifestyle hotels, interfacing with property teams to develop and execute strategies to optimize revenue generation, margin performance, and profitability. “I am passionate about excellence, collaborating with our hotel teams to achieve success.”

  • Ben Campbell

    Ben Campbell

    President, Chief Executive Officer
    President, Chief Executive Officer
    Ben Campbell

    A dedicated team player whose unwavering commitment to pursuing excellence serves as a driving force.  Responsible for all aspects of the company, from sourcing investments to operations. Overseeing strategic development and deployment for a growing portfolio.

    Under Ben’s previous leadership as COO, he secured Hospitality America’s first asset acquisition and four new hotel developments.  In preparation for Hospitality America’s growth period, Ben added key positions to the company’s leadership team while prioritizing the company’s award-winning culture. Ben’s strategic vision and dedication to excellence will continue to position Hospitality America as an industry leader.

    “I have a clear vision for Hospitality America, shared by our leadership team, emphasizing our core values, which sets us apart and propels us towards the continual pursuit of excellence.

    Ben is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was a 4-year student-athlete on the Gardner-Webb baseball team. Ben is active in his local community where he serves on the boards of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and Visit Greenville SC. Through his passion to serve Ben is also directly involved in the charities, Village Wrench and Dream Street.

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