Hotel Equities names Lee Smith GM of Hyatt Place Savannah

Atlanta-based Hotel Equities appointed Lee Smith to GM of the Hyatt Place Savannah Airport hotel in Savannah, Ga.

Smith is responsible for overseeing the management of all operations at the hotel including food-and-beverage concepts plus sales, marketing and revenue-management strategies. The all-suites hotel is located two miles from the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

“Lee brings important knowledge of the Savannah market to this hotel,” said Brad Rahinsky, president and COO of Hotel Equities. “He also holds a depth of experience in operations and sales that will serve us well, along with his skills in guest service and leadership. He is an important asset for our firm.”

An award-winning GM with nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, Smith came to Hotel Equities from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Savannah where he served as the GM. During his tenure, he increased the hotel’s annual revenue each year. 

Smith began his hospitality career at a hotel in North Savannah where he trained on all positions while earning a degree from Georgia Southern University. After graduation, he joined the Holiday Inn Express in Port Wentworth, Ga., and worked his way up to guest services manager. In 2005, he was named G< at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Savannah I-95 South where he led the hotel to win the brand’s “Most Improved Hotel of the Year.”  His former management company named him the “Executive of the Year” in 2013.