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Hank Thomas

Hank Thomas

Hank Thomas owns and operates four Marriott hotels (two Fairfield Inns, two TownePlace Suites), but the entrances of those establishments are hardly the most important doors he’s had a hand in opening. He was a member of the original Freedom ...

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Mike Hines

Mike Hines

Mike Hines, chairman and CEO of the Alabama-based management company HP Hotels Inc., has been involved with franchised hotels throughout his career, from entry-level employee up to management and ownership positions. Hines has plenty of experience operating several Hilton brands ...

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Andria Lewis

Andria Lewis

Andria Lewis embraces customer service as a vital part of how her company runs. As the co-owner, with her husband, Burt, of Lewis Properties, she’s made a big impact in the Colorado hotel scene with both her high-performing properties and ...

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Mike Hembree

Mike Hembree

Oklahoma native Mike Hembree developed his fi rst hotel in 1983 with family investors after working in the restaurant business for many years. Since then, Hembree and his family have continuously owned and operated limited-service hotels. Now chairman of the ...

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Ketan Patel

Ketan Patel

Ketan Patel has the hotel business in his blood. He and his family have owned and operated properties for more than 30 years. Together they run Rainmaker Hospitality, a management fi rm based in Lexington, Ky. Although the firm is ...

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