News & Updates

News from Southern Innkeeper Members

 Welcome new member, Vijay Singh, The Hotel Bennett (8/15/2017) 

Vijay Singh, Managing Director
The Hotel Bennett
404 King Street
Charleston, SC  29403


Welcome new member, Vijay Singh, The Hotel Bennett

The Hotel Bennett is one of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings.  Years in the making and located on King Street, Charleston’s most prominent address, the hotel perfectly blends unparalleled luxury with an unmatched setting.  It features 179 guestrooms and suites, a luxury spa, a stunning Grand Ballroom and unique indoor and outdoor event/meeting spaces, sweeping terraces, exceptional dining, and a roof top pool and bar with stunning views of the historic Marion Square and the city.  Debuting early Spring 2018.    

 Southern Innkeepers member collaboration (8/14/2017) 

Anna Vanlandingham, owner of Pinterest Pro Solutions, interviewed Gary Inman, Vice President, Hospitality at Baskervill on her Facebook Live. Gary and Anna discuss how Pinterest has impacted his career and even helped him win contracts. Inman is nationally recognized for his many of his designs. He has successfully merged his lifelong appreciation of beauty with his deep understanding of architecture and antiquities. He is an award-winning designer, author, and professional speaker. Gary’s work has been published in The Washington Post, Southern Accents, Traditional Homes, Hotel Design, Fine Interiors, Home & Design and many others. Click here for the interview

 Welcome new member, Anna Vanlandingham, President & Owner of Pinterest Pro Solutions! (7/14/2017) 

Anna Vanlandingham
Pinterest Pro Solutions
204 Crystal View South
Sanford, FL 32773

Pinterest Pro Solutions manages Pinterest business accounts.  Anna Vanlandingham, President and Owner, is a leading Pinterest thought leader. Pinterest is images – images drive emotions – emotions drive sales. That is why 87% of the people on Pinterest have made a purchase on Pinterest. Anna manages business Pinterest accounts and attracts quality clients/customers to those accounts while they are gathering inspirational ideas. As potential clients/customers are putting together their shopping list, Anna leads them through the path to purchase at your website.  The Premier Pinterest Pro Marketing Authority!  Learn more at

 Join us in welcoming new member, Ralph Vick, General Manager, The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee (7/6/2017) 
Ralph Vick
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642

Along 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a place where city-dwellers trade traffic for nature’s tranquility, golfers discover 99 reasons to pack their gear and brides realize that wedding dreams really do come true. At our luxury resort in Georgia, guests make themselves at home in lakeside rooms and suites, dine beneath a star-filled sky and unplug with Southern-inspired spa therapies or a day of fishing. Here, moments are enjoyed and memories made.

 Welcome new member, Chris Harvey, General Manager at the HarbourView Inn in Charleston, SC (7/6/2017) 


Chris Harvey

HarbourView Inn

2 Vendue Range

Charleston, SC  29401



Escape Charleston’s busy streets and retreat to our intimate waterfront oasis. Ease into a day of exploring over gourmet continental breakfast delivered right to your door. Gather with newfound friends for evening wine and cheese receptions. Be swept away by the warmth of our staff and the pure wonder of America’s favorite city.

 Welcome new member, Bill Hodsden with Towne Insurance (6/1/2017) 

Bill Hodsden
Towne Insurance Agency
Risk Advisor – Hospitality Practice Group Leader
4515 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

Bill Hodsden is a Risk Advisor and Hospitality Practice Group Leader within Towne Insurance. With more than 300 dedicated professionals, Towne Insurance is a premier independent agency providing comprehensive solutions and risk management programs to individuals, families and commercial entities. Towne Insurance is a 10 Consecutive Year Best Practices Agency and a Business Insurance Top 100 Broker nationally.

Towne’s Hospitality Practice Group works with every class of operation, from independent, boutique hotels to multi-flag management firms and expansive golf/spa/ luxury resorts. We design unique programs to protect all critical assets of our client hotels and resorts.

Bill is a graduate of TowneBank’s Management Associate Program (L.E.A.D. Associate) and began his career in the hospitality rich, Williamsburg/Newport News area market. After 10 years, he is now leading the expansion of Towne’s Hospitality operation in the Southeast. He resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two daughters.

 Welcome new member, Elizabeth Mullins with Walt Disney Hotels & Resorts (5/18/2017) 

Elizabeth Mullins
Walt Disney Hotels & Resorts
11732 Camden Park Dr.
Windemere, FL 34786

Elizabeth Mullins is the Vice President, Experience Planning and Integration-Lodging for The Walt Disney Company in Florida having joined the company in July of 2016. In her current role, she provides strategic leadership in hotel development and evolves products and services to elevate the resorts experience globally.

Prior to this position, Elizabeth was the Area Vice President and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Since joining the hotel in December 2014, Elizabeth has led the property to receive many awards and accolades such as Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award for #1 Hotel in New York City and #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S., Business Insider’s Best Hotel in New York and one of U.S News & World Report’s best hotels in the United States. Additionally, she also served as Vice President and Area General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the Millennium Partners Complex consisting of a 300-room, AAA Five Diamond hotel, a 168-unit residential building, a 100,000-square-foot Sports Club, and various commercial entities. Elizabeth also managed The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Tysons Corner, Georgetown, and Pentagon City.

Under Elizabeth’s leadership, her hotels have earned the highest accolades including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, American Automobile Association (AAA) Five Diamond award and top honors in leading travel publications, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.

Elizabeth is a member of the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs, and is a sought after speaker to audiences on customer service topics. She resides in Florida, with her husband and daughter.

 Welcome new member, Marcus Houston with Z Box Mattress (4/11/2017) 

Marcus Houston
Z Box Mattress
221 First Ave NW, Suite 201
Hickory, NC 28601

Z Box Mattress is a North Carolina based, Family Owned and Operated, Mattress, Pillow, and Bedding Solutions company. With over 40 years of experience in the bedding industry, Z Box has had the unique opportunity to watch the evolution of mattress, pillow, and bedding products, while listening to and learning from the consumer. Z Box Mattress was started with one goal in mind, take the complexity and cost out of the mattress and pillow buying experience, while never sacrificing quality. Outside of their standard line of Mattress and Pillow products, they are also setup to run custom mattress and pillow solutions. No job is too large or small, and no job is too unique. Z Box is also proud to say all of their mattress and pillow products are 100% sourced and manufactured in the Carolinas. All mattresses and pillows are also roll compressed, packaged, and shipped anywhere in the lower 48 United States, free of charge. If you are looking for a luxurious mattress and pillow solution, at an affordable price, contact Z Box Mattress today.

 JB Duke Hotel joins prestigious Four Diamond ratings list (4/11/2017) 

From the Triangle Business Journal – Click here for more

Within 60 days of its opening, the new JB Duke Hotel in Durham has succeeded in one of its earliest goals – securing the AAA Four Diamond Award rating.

The full-service, 198-room hotel adjacent to Duke University’s newly renovated and expanded Thomas Executive Conference Center opened in January.

It joins an exclusive list of 12 hotel properties in the Triangle that have garnered either AAA’s Four Diamond or Five Diamond ratings in the past year, including JB Duke’s father hotel: the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham. Both Durham properties are owned by Duke University and named after two of the university’s earliest major benefactors.

“This rating is a testament to the hard work and high standards set by our team – from designing and building a beautiful, modern environment to delivering a true Southern hospitality experience to every guest, every time,” said Gregg Hilker, general manager of the JB Duke Hotel.

In January, AAA announced that the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham had also been added to the AAA Four Diamond list. Only two hotel properties in the Triangle rank on AAA’s most coveted Five Diamond list: The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary and The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro.

AAA gives the Four Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants that make the grade after a physical on-site evaluation based on comfort, cleanliness, security, and offered services and amenities.

 Welcome new member, Dee Patel, General Manager, The Hermitage Hotel! (3/28/2017) 

Dee Patel
The Hermitage Hotel
231 Sixth Ave North
Nashville, TN 37219

The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville’s oldest and original hotel, offers the only luxury Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond accommodations in the city. From the moment you step inside the property’s impeccably preserved lobby, you’ll feel as though you've stepped back in time. From personalized service, inviting staff and uniquely spacious rooms and suites, The Hermitage Hotel sets a new standard for luxury and is a cherished landmark in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Since opening its doors in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel has been made famous for being a favorite among celebrities, politicians, and musical legends like Babe Ruth, John F. Kennedy, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. And while the hotel still offers the historic charm that attracted these famous guests years before, today it offers all of the modern luxuries guests deserve. Choose from 122 gorgeously decorated, pet-friendly rooms and suites and enjoy an array of luxurious on-site amenities like a top-rated Southern restaurant, world famous bar, spa, business center, boutique, and five unique meeting and event spaces.

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 Welcome new member, Deborah Stone, President, Pineapple Public Relations! (3/3/2017) 

3380 Hardee Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Pineapple PR specializes in providing strategic public relations planning and implementation for a collection of one-of-a-kind properties, resorts, destinations, restaurants and attractions. For more than 20 years, we’ve helped our clients make headlines across the Southeast and United States.  We are experts at telling stories through public and media relations as well as social and digital platforms to create a dynamic, integrated approach tailored to today’s evolving media landscape. Our campaigns, ranging from annual PR plans to media deskside visits, media FAMilarization trips and social media strategies, blend creativity with market research and trends for stellar results. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can sweeten your public relations and marketing efforts, we’d love to talk to you!  (404) 237-3761

 Welcome new member, Brett Schoenfield, The Omni Homestead! (2/20/2017) 

PO Box 2000
Hot Springs, VA  24445

Experience the Southern hospitality and elegant charm that have made The Omni Homestead Resort a premier destination for 23 U.S. presidents dating back to the 18th century. With more than 2,000 acres of timeless comforts and modern amenities all under one roof, our Hot Springs, Virginia accommodations are the perfect getaway for business and leisure traveling.

Whether visiting in the winter or summer, The Omni Homestead Resort offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep all guests happy. Our two-acre water park, fueled by crystal clear springs, features two water slides, a lazy river, a water play zone and a sandy beach for the kids, along with a cozy whirlpool and private cabanas with exclusive services. Golfers can challenge themselves on nationally ranked golf courses. Guests can step into the Spa at the Homestead for an exhilarating rejuvenation like no other.