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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.

Während seiner 20-jährigen Tätigkeit als Hotelbesitzer und -betreiber hat Harry Spirides bei vielen Gelegenheiten erfolgreich Kapital beschafft, um die Hypothekenschulden seines Unternehmens zu refinanzieren sowie Neubauten, Akquisitionen, Renovierungen und Betriebe zu finanzieren. Er weiß genau, wie die Finanzen das Lebenselixier eines jeden Hotels sind, und er kann sich sicherlich auf jede finanzielle Situation beziehen, in der sich ein Hotelbesitzer befindet. 

Harry Spirides verkaufte sein Hotel 2014 in einem pulsierenden Hotelimmobilienmarkt. Heute besitzt und betreibt Herr Spirides die Spirides Hospitality Finance Company, wo er es sehr lohnend findet, Hotelbesitzern bei ihren Finanzierungsbedürfnissen zu helfen, nachdem er „tausend Meilen in ihren Schuhen gelaufen“ ist. Er bietet Hotelbesitzern in den gesamten Vereinigten Staaten Finanzierungen zu den bestmöglichen Bedingungen, indem er seine tiefen, bewährten und gut etablierten Verbindungen in den Kapitalmärkten und im Gastgewerbe im Allgemeinen nutzt. 

Herr Spirides hat einen Master of Business Administration der Mercer University und einen Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration der Florida State University. Er hat auch die Advanced Certification in Real Estate and Hotel Investment von der School of Hotel Administration der Cornell University erhalten. Harry Spirides ist ein Militärveteran und ehemaliger Offizier. Er diente 3 Jahre im aktiven Dienst und 8 Jahre Reservedienst als Bundespolizeibeamter bei der US-Küstenwache. 2008 wurde er ehrenvoll aus dem Militärdienst entlassen. Die Spirides Hospitality Finance Company wurde 2017 vom US Department of Veterans Affairs als Veteran-Owned Small Business verifiziert. 

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Spirides Familiengeschichte des Dienstes der Gastfreundschaft 

1910 wanderte George Leonidas Spirides aus Sparta, Griechenland, in die Vereinigten Staaten aus. Er verbrachte die nächsten 5 Jahre in New York City als Tellerwäscher, Koch und Blumenbote.

1915 zog George L. Spirides nach Endicott, New York, um für seinen Cousin ersten Grades James Strates zu arbeiten, den Besitzer der Strates Shows, die zur größten Wanderkarnevalsshow des Landes wurde. Damals reiste die Show in 50 doppeltlangen Eisenbahnwaggons und beschäftigte 900 Mitarbeiter. George Spirides leitete das Restaurant Strates, das als "Cookhouse" bekannt ist. Zwischen den Shows reiste George Spirides zu anderen Karnevals- und Sonderveranstaltungen, wo er seine eigenen Eiscreme- und gefrorenen Pudding-Konzessionsgeschäfte betrieb.

1940 zogen George L. Spirides und seine Frau Florence nach Savannah, Georgia, wo sie für die nächsten 40 Jahre Gastronomiebetriebe und Unterkünfte besaßen und betrieben.  

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.

Mitte der 1960er Jahre kaufte George H. Spirides den letzten verbliebenen Teil eines legendären alten Strandresorthotels in der Nähe von Savannah, Georgia, und in den nächsten 30 Jahren betrieb und erweiterte er dieses Hotel und verwandelte es in ein modernes, voll ausgestattetes Hotel mit 205 Zimmern. Service-Strandresorthotel, das jedes Jahr mehr als 100.000 Gäste beherbergte.

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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