Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. (AMEX:JQH) announces that Debra Mallonee Shantz has been named senior vice president and general counsel. With her extensive legal background, Shantz brings more than 15 years of experience to this position, including more than eight years with John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc., the nation`s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.
Previously, Shantz served as vice president and corporate counsel for John Q. Hammons Hotels, providing legal counsel and managing the company`s legal department. Prior to joining John Q. Hammons Hotels, she served as a partner with Farrington & Curtis (now Husch & Eppenberger) in Springfield, Mo., where Shantz specialized in corporate transactions and real estate development.
“Debra Shantz is a proven leader at John Q. Hammons Hotels and brings great value to our organization`s commitment to excellence,” said Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels. “We are pleased to recognize Debra`s contribution to the company by naming her senior vice president and general counsel.”
Shantz is a member of the State Bar of Missouri, the American Bar Association (ABA) and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. She is dedicated to the community, serving on the board of directors for Springfield City Utilities, the Jordan Valley Park Community Improvement District and the Field Elementary PTA. She was also recently appointed to the Discovery Center board of directors. Shantz formerly served on the board of directors for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and on the ABA Hotels Resorts & Tourism committee.
“Having served as corporate counsel to John Q. Hammons Hotels for nearly a decade, I`m honored to have the opportunity to continue providing legal expertise to a company committed to offering unparalleled service to travelers around the country,” said Shantz.
Shantz received a bachelor of science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
About John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. -
Publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX: JQH), Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. is the nation`s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including: Embassy Suites Hotel, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites brands. With 58 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels` properties are dominant in their markets. The company`s focus is capitalizing on positive operating fundamentals in the upscale, full-service sector, converting existing hotels to franchise brands and selling mature assets, while reinvesting the proceeds and reducing debt. Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 148 hotels.
For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels, please visit the company`s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.