Hospitality Management Corp. appoints COO

Originally built in 1978 and renovated in 2016, the 263-key hotel is set to undergo a complete renovation.
Hospitality Management Corp. manages 27 hotels, including the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown in Arkansas. Photo credit: Marriott International

John O’Connor, Hospitality Management Corp.’s former director of operations, rejoined the company as chief operations officer. O’Connor brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role, more than 10 of which he spent with Hospitality Management Corp.

O’Connor will work closely with all corporate heads and hotel managers, focusing on day-to-day operations, training, sales, food and beverage, human resources and accounting. He additionally will provide guidance and direction for hotel leadership on operational efficiencies, standards and execution of hotel management.

Before returning to Hospitality Management Corp., O’Connor served VP of operations at Harrell Hospitality Group and Arbor Lodging Management. Before those roles he worked as regional VP for White Lodging, where he oversaw multiple Marriott International, Hilton and IHG properties. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years as a hotel general manager.

“We could not be happier John is returning as an executive with HMC,” Leo Spriggs, president/CEO of Hospitality Management Corp., said in a statement. “Not only will he be bringing us a wealth of new skills and industry knowledge gained during his time working for other organizations, but he’s like a member of our family.  His enthusiasm, ambition and determination will be a huge asset to the goals and objectives we’ve set forth as a company.”

Hospitality Management Corp. is a privately owned independent management company based in Dallas that manages 27 hotels with 3,728 guestrooms.