Management Team


Corporate Management Team

Amanda Bryant
Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing

abryant@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 404-481-0792‬

Amanda Bryant is a highly accomplished hospitality professional, bringing proven leadership and strategic marketing skills to the team. As the Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, she oversees all Strand sales and marketing initiatives.

In her previous experience as Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, Amanda acquired the knowledge and skill to develop successful selling strategies and marketing solutions, achieve revenue goals, and maximize profitability for Strand hotels. She has developed sales initiatives at independent and branded properties including Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt. Her awards include Top Room Revenue Producing Hotel for Embassy Suites in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Amanda attended Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois. She currently resides in Greer, South Carolina. 

Michael Perkins
Director of Revenue Management

mperkins@strandhospitality.com
Phone: 843- 267- 7308

Michael Perkins brings more than 23 years of hospitality experience to the team, with over 14 years focused on Revenue Management at both the property and corporate levels. Working in primary and secondary markets, he has managed inventories ranging from 75 to 1200 rooms. Focusing on pricing, forecasting, inventory management, channel distribution and demand analysis enables Michael to develop sound strategies that are communicated to key stakeholders. 

Michael is a certified Revenue Manager for Marriott, Hilton and Choice Hotels in full and select service brands. As a Materials Science and Engineering student at Georgia Tech, Michael began his hospitality career in Guest Service and Reservations, subsequently transitioning into the Revenue Management field. 

Mitch Plitt
Corporate Director of Maintenance and Engineering

mplitt@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 704-207-8179

Mitch brings to Strand his knowledge and experience of over 16 years in hotel maintenance & engineering and 40 years of construction work. He is ACA certified and has a sound understanding of maintenance laws and legal requirements of hotels including life safety and property maintenance. Mitch travels to all Strand properties  to ensure setup of a complete property maintenance program, preserving the lifespan of equipment and investments. 

Regional Management Team

James Alcorn
Regional Director of Operations

jalcorn@strandhospitality.com
Phone: 843-602-9540

James began his well-rounded hospitality career as the Food and Beverage Director as well as the Assistant General Manager for BriLyn Incorporated in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He joined Strand Hospitality in 2007 as a General Manager and Task Force Training Manager. 

James currently presides over all of the Charlotte, North Carolina and Ohio area hotels that include brand families such as; Hilton, Marriott, Choice, IHG, Wyndham  and Carlson. He also oversees the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, a full-service hotel and conference facility at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.  

Several of James’ hotels have constantly been atop the Strand Hospitality scorecard and have won numerous company awards such as Hotel of the Year, GM of the Year and Director of Sales of the Year. 

Most recently, James opened the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Fort Mill, South Carolina as well as  the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Greenville, South Carolina adding to his well-rounded hospitality career. He graduated from the University of Miami of Ohio with a psychology degree.  

James, his wife and three children reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
 

Jamie Dudley
Regional Director of Operations

jdudley@strandhospitality.com
Phone: 704-999-0519

With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Jamie’s career began in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he worked at an independently owned 700-room resort.  Since then he has worked with popular hotel brand families such as Hilton, Marriott, Carlson, Choice and Wyndham.   

His well-rounded career includes an Assistant General Manager position at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Phillips Place in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jamie also served as the General Manager at the Hampton Inn by Hilton-Matthews, North Carolina and the Hampton Inn by Hilton-Charlotte Uptown.

Most recently, he was the General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn-Charlotte North.  During his ten years at the Charlotte area hotel, Jamie led his property to win the 2009 Most Improved Hotel for the popular brand across the United States. 

As Regional Director of Operations for Strand Hospitality, Jamie now oversees hotels in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia with hotel brands that include Hampton by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Microtel Inn & Suites, La Quinta and Days Inn.  He also presides over The Inn at the Crossroads, an independent boutique hotel and restaurant in Lake City, South Carolina.    

Originally from western New York, he now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
 

Michael Halpner
Regional Director of Operations

mhalpner@strandhospitality.com

Phone:404-713-7722

Michael brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to Strand Hospitality and has worked with hotel brands consisting of Hilton, Wyndham, Choice, Carlson, IHG as well as several prestigious hotels in New York City. 

Prior to joining Strand, Michael served as a regional director at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group where he supported 48 hotels throughout Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During his time at Carlson, Michael aided in increasing RevPAR and RGI, trained corporate staff, provided revenue management, and sales consultations as well as various other projects. He has also been a part of numerous hotel openings, and hotel renovation and repositioning projects.

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time traveling, relaxing with his family, and playing with his two dogs. He and his family currently reside in Marietta, Georgia .

Brandon Keller
Regional Director of Operations

bkeller@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 937-527-2277

Brandon has had a successful history of revenue management, exemplary guest service and team retention as both a hotel General Manager and Task Force General Manager at Strand Hospitality Services.

Prior to his promotion of Regional Director of Operations, Brandon was the General Manager of the Hampton Inn Charlotte/Belmont @ Montcross where he was responsible for staff recruitment, customer service and all of the day-to-day operational aspects of the hotel. During his time in Belmont, the hotel won numerous awards including prestigious Hampton branded Lighthouse and Circle of Excellence Awards.
  
As a Regional Director of Operations, Keller will oversee hotels in Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri.

When not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, anything sports related and watching television.

Tom Rost
Regional Director of Operations

trost@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 913-522-8889

Tom Rost brings to Strand the knowledge and experience he has been building for nearly 30 years. His hospitality career began while he was in college at the University of Kansas. His work has been focused at hotels in the Midwest, including Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota, and has extended all over the United States. 

Tom has developed key insights in management recruitment and development, brand relations and quality assurance. His experience includes work with Hilton, Marriott, Wyndham, Best Western, and Radisson brands. Properties under Tom's direction have been recipients of the IHG Torchbearer, Hampton Inn & Suites Lighthouse, and Courtyard Platinum Awards. 

Before coming to Strand, Tom was the Regional Vice President of Operations for Minnesota-based TPI Hospitality. He and his family now reside in Eastern North Carolina. 

Robin Grazioso
Regional Director of Sales

rgrazioso@strandhospitality.com
Phone: 404-759-0985

Robin brings over 30 years of hospitality experience to Strand, she started her career in the airline industry working for Continental Airlines for 15 years. After being offered a "Golden Umbrella Package", she used her sales and marketing experience as a travel agent, and  from there transitioned into the hotel industry. Successful as a sales manager with IHG, Robin was offered a Global Sales Manager position with La Quinta Corporation. Her portfolio of accounts with La Quinta contained 25+ Fortune 500 companies, with a sales territory that covered from Boston, Massachusetts to Naples, Florida. During her time with La Quinta, Robin earned sales achievement awards including "Sales Person of the Year". In 2013 Robin worked with Hyatt Place as Director of Sales, becoming reacquainted with the day-to-day operations of a hotel property. 

During her husband's 18-month deployment to Afghanistan, Robin served as the "Regional Family Readiness Group Leader" for South Carolina National Guard. This volunteer position sees the strengths and weaknesses of the families of deployed soldiers and helps guide them during separation from their loved ones. 

Linda Kornegay-Hunter
Regional Director of Sales

lkornegayhunter@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 843-367-4567

Linda brings to Strand over 16 years of sales leadership experience. Most recently as a Corporate Director of Sales and Service with Frosch-Mann, Linda earned the Department of the Year Award for outstanding sales results in both 2015 and 2016. These awards reflect Linda's unwavering commitment to customer service and to her skill in negotiating new business. 

In her prior experience as a Regional Director of Sales for a hotel management company, Linda's ability to build trust, to salvage damaged relationships, and to win back loyalty transformed a minimally producing territory into one of the company's most lucrative revenue generators. 

Linda is a 30-year resident of the Charlotte, North Carolina area where she enjoys time with her family. 

 

Brenda Ford
Regional Director of Sales

bford@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 404-317- 9116

Brenda Ford has acquired her leadership expertise through years of experience in the field.
As the Area Director of Sales for Auro Hotels, three managers in Brenda’s region earned top awards at the company, a true testament to her leadership skills. She has been a team member at several award-winning properties, including a Top 20 Worldwide Holiday Inn, 2 IHG Torchbearer Hotels, and a Choice Gold Award Hotel.
 
In sync with Strand’s mission statement, “Developing Prosperous Relationships”, Brenda believes that the personal relationships we build with our clients are the backbone to our success. When we take time to get to know our clients, they know we care about them and their business.
 
Brenda oversees sales and marketing efforts in the Atlanta region. In her downtime, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and her dog, Lucy.