has more than thirty years of experience in managing hotels in upscale markets.
Prior to starting Horizon Hotel Group, Jim was Regional Vice President of Operations for Portfolio Hotel & Resorts overseeing full and limited service properties.
is known as a transitional leader, developing award winning teams that produced exceptional results I customer, employee and shareholder value.
stay at Portfolio Jim oversaw such brands as IHG, Marriott
, Hyatt and Hilton.
In addition to his
regional responsibilities Jim
helped grow Portfolio from five hotels to twenty-four hotels over a two year period.
was the main contact for the groups' institutional investors such as Prudential, Och Ziff and Fidelity Investments
worked on and oversaw due diligence, asset sales, and consulting projects and he
helped in securing new management contracts.
Before joining Portfolio Jim was general manager of Sofitel Chicago O'Hare
, Rosemont, Illinois.
mark at the Sofitel by improving guest, employee satisfaction and market share to the highest levels in the history of the hotel.
developed and maintained the relationship with the owner Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers.
time at Sofitel Jim worked with the corporate office either leading or participating in the development of Sofitel's "Business Continuity Plan", the "Database Marketing Program" and the development of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.
During Jim's time as general manager the Sofitel Chicago O'Hare
won the; Planners Choice Award, Pinnacle Award and Merit & Distinction Award for outstanding service for meeting and conferences held at the property.
In 2010 Jim was the Chairman for the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association receiving the Volunteer of the Year for 2011 from the IHLA and American Hotel Lodging Association.
In addition he
was the 2011 Chairman for the Schaumburg Business Association
Jim also served as the Vice Chairmen for the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau from 2008 - 2011.