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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.

En muchas ocasiones, durante sus 20 años como propietario y operador de hotel, Harry Spirides obtuvo con éxito el capital necesario para refinanciar la deuda hipotecaria de su empresa, así como para financiar nuevas construcciones, adquisiciones, renovaciones y operaciones. Él sabe íntimamente cómo las finanzas son el elemento vital de cualquier hotel, y ciertamente puede relacionarse con cualquier situación financiera en la que el propietario de un hotel pueda encontrarse. 

Harry Spirides vendió su hotel en 2014 en un vibrante mercado inmobiliario hotelero. Hoy en día, el Sr. Spirides es propietario y opera Spirides Hospitality Finance Company, donde encuentra muy gratificante ayudar a los propietarios de hoteles con sus necesidades financieras, después de haber "caminado mil millas en sus zapatos". Proporciona financiación en las mejores condiciones posibles para los propietarios de hoteles ubicados en todo Estados Unidos utilizando sus conexiones profundas, probadas y bien establecidas en los mercados de capitales y la industria hotelera en general. 

El Sr. Spirides tiene una Maestría en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de Mercer y una Licenciatura en Administración Hotelera de la Universidad Estatal de Florida. También ha sido galardonado con la Certificación Avanzada en Inversión Inmobiliaria e Hotelera de la Escuela de Administración Hotelera de la Universidad de Cornell. Harry Spirides es un veterano militar y ex oficial comisionado. Sirvió 3 años de servicio activo y 8 años de servicio de reserva como agente de la ley federal en la Guardia Costera de los Estados Unidos. Recibió una baja honorable del servicio militar en 2008. Spirides Hospitality Finance Company fue verificada en 2017 como una pequeña empresa propiedad de veteranos por el Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de EE. UU. 

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Historia familiar de Spirides al servicio de la hospitalidad 

En 1910, George Leonidas Spirides emigró a los Estados Unidos desde Esparta, Grecia. Pasó los siguientes 5 años trabajando en la ciudad de Nueva York como lavaplatos, cocinero y repartidor de flores.

En 1915, George L. Spirides se mudó a Endicott, Nueva York, para trabajar para su primo hermano James Strates, propietario de Strates Shows, que se convirtió en el espectáculo de carnaval itinerante más grande del país. En ese momento, el espectáculo viajó en 50 vagones de ferrocarril de doble longitud y empleó a 900 personas. George Spirides administraba el comedor de Strates conocido como "Cookhouse". Entre espectáculos, George Spirides viajó a otros carnavales y eventos especiales donde operaba sus propios puntos de venta de helados y natillas congeladas.

En 1940, George L. Spirides y su esposa Florence se mudaron a Savannah, Georgia, donde fueron propietarios y operaron establecimientos de servicio de alimentos e instalaciones de alojamiento durante los siguientes 40 años.  

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.

A mediados de la década de 1960, George H. Spirides compró la última sección restante de un legendario y antiguo hotel de playa cerca de Savannah, Georgia, y durante los siguientes 30 años operó y amplió ese hotel y lo transformó en un moderno y completo hotel de 205 habitaciones. hotel resort de playa de servicio que recibía a más de 100.000 huéspedes cada año.

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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