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Harry G Spirides

Company Founder and President Harry G. Spirides is a former owner and operator of a 205-room, full-service, beachfront resort hotel for over 20 years.  The story of his family’s contribution to the United States hospitality industry is a remarkable one.  Not only have they owned, operated, developed, and advised hotels and restaurants for over 100 years–since the 1920s, but they also played a vital role in launching the hospitality industry careers of two of the industry’s biggest titans Cecil B. Day, founder of Days Inns and Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Hamburger Restaurant chain.  The Spirides family chronology is outlined below.      

Harry Spirides rose up through the ranks of his family’s hotel company from restaurant dishwasher to general manager to chief executive officer.  He is a third-generation hotelier and has over 30 years of experience working in full-service hotels.  During his 20 year tenure holding the position of hotel owner and chief executive officer Harry Spirides employed thousands of people and led his company through all phases of a hotel company’s lifecycle and successfully navigated through many financial, legal, economic, public relations, and operations significant events.  Mr. Spirides has served for decades as a member of boards of directors of organizations focused on tourism destination marketing, municipal convention center operations, and economic development.  He has also served on state and local government authorities and committees.  He is a published author of hotel history.

Ved mange lejligheder i løbet af sine 20 år som hotelejer og operatør fik Harry Spirides med succes kapital efter behov for at refinansiere sit virksomheds realkreditgæld samt finansiere nybyggeri, opkøb, renoveringer og drift. Han ved indgående, hvordan økonomi er et livs livsnerve, og han kan bestemt forholde sig til enhver økonomisk situation, hvor en hotelejer kan befinde sig. 

Harry Spirides solgte sit hotel i 2014 på et pulserende hotelmarked. I dag ejer og driver Mr. Han yder finansiering på de bedst mulige vilkår for hotelejere i hele USA ved hjælp af hans dybe, dokumenterede og veletablerede forbindelser på kapitalmarkederne og gæstfrihedsbranchen generelt. 

Mr. Spirides har en Master of Business Administration -grad fra Mercer University og en Bachelor of Science -grad i Hospitality Administration fra Florida State University. Han er også blevet tildelt Advanced Certification in Real Estate og Hotel Investment fra Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Harry Spirides er en militærveteran og tidligere kommissær. Han tjente 3 års aktiv tjeneste og 8 års reservevagt som føderal retshåndhæver i den amerikanske kystvagt. Han modtog en hæderlig decharge fra militærtjeneste i 2008. Spirides Hospitality Finance Company blev i 2017 verificeret som en veteran-ejet lille virksomhed af det amerikanske Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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Spirides familiehistorie om betjening af gæstfrihed 

I 1910 immigrerede George Leonidas Spirides til USA fra Sparta, Grækenland. Han tilbragte de næste 5 år i New York som opvaskemaskine, kok og blomsterleveringsdreng.

I 1915 flyttede George L. Spirides til Endicott, New York, for at arbejde for sin første fætter James Strates, ejer af Strates Shows, som blev landets største rejsende karnevalshow. På det tidspunkt rejste showet i 50 dobbeltlængde jernbanevogne og beskæftigede 900 mennesker. George Spirides administrerede Strates -spisestuen kendt som "Cookhouse". Mellem showsne rejste George Spirides til andre karnevaler og særlige begivenheder, hvor han drev sin egen is og frosne vaniljesmagasiner.

I 1940 flyttede George L. Spirides og hans kone Florence til Savannah, Georgia, hvor de ejede og drev fødevareservicesteder og logi i de næste 40 år.  

In 1942, This company’s Founder and President Harry G. Spirides’ uncle Bill Regas in Knoxville, Tennessee, hired and began mentoring at the Regas Restaurant a young, ambitious teenager by the name of Dave Thomas who later founded the Wendy’s Hamburger Restaurant chain.  Bill and Dave’s close friendship lasted for the rest of Dave’s life.

In the mid 1950s, George L. Spirides’ nephew George H. Spirides immigrated from Sparta, Greece to Savannah, Georgia and thoroughly learned the hotel business while working for his uncle over the next several years.

I midten af 1960'erne købte George H. Spirides den sidste tilbageværende del af et legendarisk gammelt strandferiested nær Savannah, Georgien, og i løbet af de næste 30 år drev og udvidede han hotellet og omdannede det til et moderne 205-værelses fuldt service beach resort hotel, der var vært for mere end 100.000 gæster hvert år.

In 1966, George H. Spirides married his wife Frances who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and a member of the prominent Regas family of restaurant owners and operators.  Bill Regas (mentioned above) hosted U.S. Presidents, celebrities, and hundreds of thousands of other visitors at the famous Regas Restaurant and was President of the National Restaurant Association in 1980-81.  Working closely with her husband, Frances ultimately worked for 43 years overseeing front desk, housekeeping, and accounting operations in the Spirides family hotel business. She retired in 2009.   

In 1969, George H. Spirides mentored and assisted his good friend Cecil B. Day to enter the hotel business by designing and opening the world’s first Day’s Inn near Savannah, Georgia.  George H. Spirides subsequently became the first manager of the world’s first Day’s Inn.  George H. Spirides is mentioned on pages 69 and 111 of the book titled Day by Day which was authored by Cecil Day, Jr., Cecil Day’s son. That book was endorsed by four U.S. Presidents–Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon.  In that book Cecil Day, Jr. refers to George H. Spirides as “an established motel wizard.” 

In the 1980s, George H. Spirides’ son Harry G. Spirides, the Founder & President of Spirides Hospitality Finance Company, began working in the full-service hotel industry at a young age.  Harry learned all aspects of the full-service hotel business while working for his father.  Over the next 30 years he rose up through the ranks of his family’s hotel company working in every position from Restaurant Dishwasher and Busboy to Front Desk Clerk to General Manager to Chief Executive Officer.

In 2014, the Spirides family sold their Savannah, Georgia area hotel and restaurant company in a vibrant hotel real estate market.

In 2015, Harry G. Spirides founded Spirides Hospitality Finance Company in Tampa, Florida where today he finds it very rewarding to assist hotel owners with their financing needs, having “walked a thousand miles in their shoes.”

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS SERVING HOSPITALITY! The Spirides family has owned, operated, developed, and advised hotels and restaurants continuously since the 1920s.  Financing hotels is now our main business specialty and focus.

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