News & Updates

News from Southern Innkeeper Members

 Independent Hotelier of the World: Edward Staros

Congratulations to Southern Innkeeper president, Ed Staros!

Independent Hotelier of the World:
 Edward Staros, vice president and managing director, The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, Florida

Corporate Hotelier of the World: Nakul Anand, executive director, ITC Ltd., Kolkata, India

Both share an earnest belief that adding value, creating metrics and passing their knowledge forward are of the utmost importance. Read their profiles here [].


 Pineapple PR

Pineapple Public Relations is a full-service PR, social and digital marketing agency with more than 20 years of success serving clients in the tourism, hospitality and lifestyle industries. We specialize in providing strategic public relations planning and implementation for our clients and infusing it with a genuine passion for what we do.



Long-standing and extensive media relationships, strategic social and digital knowledge, industry insight and an experienced staff enable us to provide unparalleled value and service. Our ability to put an established network of media contacts immediately in touch with you makes working with Pineapple Public Relations a cost-effective marketing solution.

We measure our success by your results!


Although Pineapple Public Relations prides itself in being highly specialized in the hospitality space, don’t for a minute think of us as a smaller “boutique” agency. We are a full-service media communications company equipped to represent clients large and small – from one of the largest counties in North Carolina to an exclusive five-star resort, and a state-wide parks system.


Our track record of delivering stellar results with a substantial ROI has resulted in long-term relationships with our clients. We’re honored to provide successful public relations services for many outstanding clients – and even more proud that so many of them have chosen to partner with us time and time again, several going on 10 years.


From mountain escapes, luxury resorts, golf courses, pristine beaches and private islands to historic hotels, adventure parks, James Beard award-winning chefs, and everything in between, our clients represent some of the best in travel and hospitality.

Click here for information on our Travel Media Meet-up this November in Birmingham!


Deborah Stone, President

(404) 237-3761

 Welcome new member, Caleb Graham, Ocean Oak Resort

Set along the breezy coastline, Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations offers a peaceful retreat in a park-like setting with all the comforts of home.  Each 2-bedroom/2-bathroom suite has a balcony and features a master suite with a king-size bed, full tub and separate walk-in shower; a second bedroom with two full-XL beds, bathroom with walk-in shower (full roll-in shower available in accessible units); dining room; kitchen with stainless appliances; and a queen-size sofa bed in the living room. The suite also includes a 65" wall-mounted flat-screen TV, laminate flooring and tile bathrooms, lighted mirrors in both bathrooms, and stacked washer and dryer (side-by-side in accessible units).  125 units with access to resort amenities like an oceanfront pool, fitness center, pool bar and an activity room.

Caleb Graham, General Manager
41 S Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head, SC  29928