John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman,
and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, will
be honored at the 6th Annual the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los
Angeles.Hammons will receive the prestigious ALIS Lifetime
Achievement Award in recognition of his commendable accomplishments in the
lodging industry as well as outstanding commitment, leadership, and
service to the community.
For 48 years, Hammons has been a leading innovator in the lodging
industry. He is well known for his clever market analysis and for creating
signature full-service hotels featuring atrium lobbies, expansive meeting
and convention space, large guest rooms, podium check-in stations, and
complete business traveler amenities. Throughout his esteemed career,
Hammons has developed 175 hotel properties in 40 states.
A U.S. military veteran, Hammons recognized the need for quality housing
for G.I.‘s and their families upon their return from combat during World
War II. In the late 1940s, he began building suburban housing in
Springfield, Mo. and established a number of real estate ventures,
including housing tracts, apartment complexes, and shopping centers.
In 1958, Hammons began his career in the lodging industry by co-purchasing
with Roy E. Winegardner, their first 10 Holiday Inn franchises. In 1961,
they formed Winegardner & Hammons Incorporated (WHI), a hotel development
company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, they still own together today. By the
end of the 1960s, WHI constructed nearly three dozen Holiday Inn hotels,
prompting Hammons to form John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts in 1969.
Today, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC operates properties
nationwide under the following brands: Embassy Suites Hotel, Renaissance,
Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn, and
Hampton Inn & Suites. The company owns or manages 64 hotels in 23 states
and is considered to be the leading independent manager of hotel meeting
space in the country.
A major contributor to the lodging industry, Hammons has been honored with
numerous awards for his achievements as an hotelier and as a
philanthropist. In 2003, HOTELS Magazine featured him as the ‘Corporate
Hotelier of the World,’ in 2004 and 2003 he was named ‘Embassy Suites
Hotel Developer of the Year,’ and in 2002 he received Hilton Hotels
Corporation’s Connie Award. Additionally, USA Today?s Newspapers in
Education Program honored Hammons with an appreciation award for his
ongoing commitment to Springfield, Mo.-area school students in 2003. Since
1993, he has dedicated a portion of funds to provide more than 706,600
copies of USA Today to schools and teachers, with the goal of inspiring
student education of current events.
Additionally, he and his wife Juanita funded the Hammons Heart Institute
and Hammons Life Line helicopter for St. John’s Regional Health Center,
the Hammons Student Center, Hammons Fountains and Juanita K. Hammons Hall
for Performing Arts at Missouri State University, the Hammons School of
Architecture at Drury University, and Hammons Field, a 10,000-seat AA
minor league baseball stadium.
“Over the last half century, John’s impact on the hotel industry and his
community are unprecedented,” said ALIS Conference Chair Jim Burba. “Not
only has he created a business which has become the nation?s leading
independent builder, developer, owner, and manager of upscale hotels and
resorts, he has also been a visionary in developing hotels and concepts
that were ahead of their time. He is an impassioned supporter of
education and has also been a mentor and teacher for countless others who
have gone on to have great careers in this industry. His generosity and
philanthropy in his native Missouri is legendary, and he is truly
deserving of this prestigious award from his peers,” added Burba.