Corporate Management Team
Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing
Allan's nearly 20-year hospitality career began in Chicago as a front desk clerk at the prestigious Chicago Hilton & Towers. This position helped develop his passion for the hotel industry and led to stints in Sales and Operations for some of the nations leading hotel companies.
Most recently, Allan was the Regional Sales Director for Extended Stay Hotels (ESH), handling a 12-hotel portfolio in Central and Western North Carolina. While at ESH, Allan was successful in driving new revenues to his properties and finished in the Top 10 in RevPar improvement.
Prior to ESH, Allan managed sales at full service Chicago and Memphis Holiday Inns. He then led InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 1-800-MEETING group sales line for 4 years until being promoted to IHG's Global Sales team as a Key Account Director managing key accounts that generated over $30 million annually. While at IHG, Allan won awards for creative thinking and teamwork.
His well-rounded career also includes time operating key-asset select service hotels for management companies in North Carolina. Brands managed include Fairfield Inn, Comfort Inn, and Days Inn hotels. This combination of experiences helps Allan find balance between increasing revenues and maximizing rate for his portfolio with Strand Development.
Director of Revenue Management
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.
Human Resources Director
A certified professional in Human Resources, Laura is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University. Laura was introduced to the hospitality industry as a Guest Service Agent for Hilton Hotels. With experience as a Human Resources Manager at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Laura brings to Strand a wide-range of Human Resources skills including employee recruitment, interpretation of state and federal employment law, and specialization in employee relations issues. A member of Grand Strand Scene and Coastal Organization of Human Resources, Laura and her husband reside in Myrtle Beach.
Corporate Director of Maintenance and Engineering
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
Regional Director of Operations
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, NC 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, SC and will soon open the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Greenville, SC 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, NC.
Regional Director of Operations
With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Jamie’s career began in Myrtle Beach, SC 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, NC. Jamie also served as the General Manager at the Hampton Inn by Hilton-Matthews, NC 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, SC.
Originally from western New York, he now resides in Charlotte, NC.
Regional Director of Operations
Chris began his hospitality career in restaurants and later became the Front Desk Supervisor at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Kennesaw, GA. Since then he has worked as an Assistant General Manager, General Manager and Lead General Manager for popular hotel brand families including Marriott and Choice Hotels.
With over 20 years of hospitality experience, his work has included numerous awards at several different properties such as; General Manager of the Year with an Atlanta based Management Company, Marriott Courtyard Silver Circle Award and Choice International Gold Hotel Award.
Most recently, Chris worked as an Independent Consultant for a firm in Richmond, VA, where he managed multiple properties. During his tenure he increased the average occupancy by 30% within the first year and also increased the revenue by 36% in the same time frame.
As Regional Director of Operations for Strand Hospitality, Chris will oversee hotels in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland with hotel brands that include Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, and Days Inn.
Chris, his wife Aletia and daughter reside in Richmond, VA; while his son resides in Georgia.
Regional Director of Operations
Born and raised on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Benji Hemilright's hospitality career began at a local Holiday Inn. After studying business at the College of Albemarle, he has engaged in work as an Auditor, Sales Person, Assistant General Manager, General Manager and Regional Director. Benji has built his 20-year career working at focus-service, full-service and resort properties in the IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Choice brands. His property accolades include the AAA 4-Diamond and IHG Torchbearer awards.
Prior to working with Strand Hospitality, Benji worked as a Regional Director of Operations for Dora Hospitality. In his free time, Benji enjoys sports activities with his son in Cary, North Carolina.
Regional Director of Sales
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.
As the Marketing Manager, Nichole is responsible for managing the company’s online presence by creating and maintaining content for branded hotel web sites, vanity websites, and company websites as well as third party sites. She also oversees all of the Strand Hospitality social media agencies for the hotels and the company. Nichole works with numerous hotels developing creative materials for both online and off-line purposes including; flyers, signs, email blasts, rack cards, advertisements and press releases.
Prior to joining Strand Hospitality in 2012, Nichole worked as the Communications Specialist at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where she was responsible for all of the written content for the sports and entertainment complex. She also assisted with the speedway’s social media and online presence and the planning, preparation and execution of publicity events and press conferences.
Nichole is a graduate of Wingate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.
She currently resides in Concord, NC with her husband and daughter.