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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.