Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Stormont

Jim Stormont

President, Stormont Hospitality Group, LLC

Jim Stormont co-founded Stormont Hospitality Group, LLC in 2001 after the sale of Stormont Trice Corporation, a full service hotel management firm in which Mr. Stormont was a principal and the Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 Mr. Stormont re-launched Stormont Hospitality Group as a hotel developer, financial advisor, and asset manager in addition to his ongoing partnership at Grove Street Partners, a real estate firm where Mr. Stormont lead the hotel development and finance practice until 2015 when he resigned from Grove Street to focus solely on Stormont Hospitality. Mr. Stormont's 30 year career in hotel development and finance began at Marriott International and has included positions as CFO of Stormont Trice Corporation., Executive Vice President of Noble Investment Group LLC, Partner at Grove Street Partners, LLC and President at Stormont Hospitality Group, LLC. Throughout his hotel career, Mr. Stormont has gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the development, operation and ownership of hotels, conference centers and resorts. He has played an instrumental lead role in the successful structuring, financing and development of hotels, conference centers and resort properties totaling more than $1 billion. A majority of these hospitality projects have involved structuring economically challenging and complex public/private partnerships requiring extensive legal and financial negotiations with multiple parties. Mr. Stormont has gained a national reputation for public/private hotel development expertise. An Atlanta, Georgia resident, Mr. Stormont and his wife of over 33 years, Beth, have three children, Sarah, Mac and Andy, ages 28, 25, and 23. Sarah attends graduate school in Austin TX, Mac is a consultant with Deloitte in Boston, MA, and Andy is a Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Stormont is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. in Economics) and Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management (M.B.A. in Finance) and is involved in numerous community activities. Mr. Stormont is a Member at the Rotary Club of Atlanta, a Member of the Livable Communities Council of the Urban Land Institute, the past President of his Homeowner's Association, and a former Board Member (Finance Committee Chairman) at Atlanta Country Club where he plays to a scratch handicap. He is a recent golf Club Champion and has qualified and played in both the US Senior Open and the US Senior Amateur golf tournaments.

Please visit http://www.stormonthospitality.com for more information.

Mr. Stormont can be contacted at 770-818-4198 or jstormont@stormonthospitality.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.