Management Team


Corporate Management Team

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. 

Laura DiSabato
Human Resources Director

ldisabato@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 843-232-7214 Ext. 114

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. 
 

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, 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. 
 

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, 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. 
 

Benji Hemilright
Regional Director of Operations

bhemilright@strandhospitality.com

Phone: 252-394-5856

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. 

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, NC area where she enjoys time with her family. 

 

Nichole McLeod
Marketing Manager

nlederer@strandhospitality.com
Phone: 704-771-4591

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.