Corporate Management Team
Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing
“Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.”
Amanda Bryant is a highly accomplished hospitality professional, bringing proven leadership and strategic marketing skills to Strand Hospitality's sales and marketing team. She has spent more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, primarily in all facets of hotel sales and marketing. During this time she 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 is proudest of her ability to maintain a happy and healthy family as well as her career. She prides herself in being able to combine all the things she loves most, her family, pursuing a leadership role in hospitality that excites her and being able help and mentor others to do the same. Her competitive and adventurous spirit has brought a great value to Strand's management team as the Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing by rolling out new initiatives to sales teams to maximize profitability and achieve revenue goals.
It is no surprise that her competitiveness also shines through in her personal life as she enjoys competitive kickboxing, weightlifting, running races and hiking in her free time. Amanda attended Elgin Community College to obtain her degree in hotel management and she currently resides in Greer, South Carolina with her family.
Director of Human Resources
“Always treat people with respect regardless of the circumstances”
Julie Schlosser joined Strand in 2018 as the Director of Human Resources where she has already made a mark on the company by implementing new policies and procedures. Julie brings over 20 years of HR leadership experience to Strand, primarily in the hospitality and insurance fields, most recently coming from Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and as a Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Julie’s kindness and compassion undoubtedly makes her a great HR leader and has also led her life to the Dominican Republic where she spent a summer teaching English. She built her own house in Myrtle Beach where she has resided since 1997 with her husband, Al, and family.
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.
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
“Always take the scenic route”
James has been with Strand for 12 years, starting as a General Manager and Task Force for the company and quickly moving into the Regional Director of Operations role for our North/Central Regions. Prior to starting with Strand, James had a background in food and beverage operations. He consistently leads his operations team to the top of Strand’s regions by empowering his team with trust and support. 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.
He graduated from the University of Miami of Ohio with a psychology degree. James, his wife and three children reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Regional Director of Operations
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.
Regional Director of Sales
“You’re only as good as your word. Honor your word and everything else will follow”
Brenda Ford joined our team in 2018 as the Regional Director of Sales for Strand’s southern region. She is never afraid to take on a new challenge, which shows from her 30-year background in the hotel industry. Her drive and ambition empowered her teams to win awards with IHG and Choice as well as three of her sales team members won best of the best awards with Auro Hotels.
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.
When Brenda is not out dominating with her sales teams, she enjoys giving back to the community. She has led fundraising efforts for the Homeless Veterans Shelter and Cancer Walk in Atlanta, which is where she calls home with her husband, J.W. and their dog, Lucy.