Posted: Monday, January 28th 2013 at 2:25pm
McKibbon Hotel Management celebrates 20 years as Marriott franchisee
ATHENS – There will be fanfare this week at the Courtyard by Marriott® Athens Downtown, when the hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary as a Marriott franchised property. The University of Georgia hotel recently experienced a Courtyard Refreshing Business conversion, featuring redesigned guest rooms, lobby spaces and The Bistro® restaurant, but it is not the first time that this hotel has undergone change.
In 1993, Gainesville, Georgia based McKibbon Brothers, Inc. was a company looking to grow, and they found that opportunity as the 11th franchise partner for Marriott International. The Athens hotel, built in 1990 and selected the number one Days Inn worldwide, was their first partnership opportunity with Marriott, converting it to one of the first franchised Courtyard brand concepts in the United States.
“Our partnership with Marriott was certainly a turning point in our company and one that I will be forever grateful for,” explained Chairman John McKibbon, the third-generation leader of the privately held development and management company. “We have experienced tremendous growth in the last 20 years, and it’s a great honor to celebrate this week in Athens with many who have made our success possible.”
One McKibbon team member who finds the anniversary of the Courtyard Athens particularly significant is recently appointed President Randy Hassen, who joined McKibbon in 1991 as a houseman at the Athens hotel, while a full-time college student at the University of Georgia. Over his 22-year career with the company, he’s played an important role in McKibbon’s growth. Under the tutelage of experienced leader and company CEO Vann Herring, Randy’s responsibilities have continued to expand into the leadership role that he occupies today.
“As a college student working in the hotel to help pay for school, I never imagined that one day I would be president of the company!” related Hassen. “I’m thrilled to share in the celebration where I started my career in Athens, and I’m looking forward to spending time with the associates, including several 20-year team members, who I worked with so many years ago.”
The Courtyard by Marriott® Athens Downtown will celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary on Tuesday, January 29. The hotel is located at 166 North Finley Street, Athens, Georgia 30601.
McKibbon’s portfolio currently includes 40 Marriott select service properties, and an additional three Marriott hotels that are under construction in Little Rock, Arkansas (Residence Inn); Pensacola, Florida (SpringHill Suites); and Fort Myers, Florida (Residence Inn). The company manages its own development projects, as well as a number of third-party management contracts from outside owners, such as Apple REIT, Archon Hospitality, Mason Hotels and Wheelock Street Capital.
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