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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.

U mnogo navrata tijekom 20 godina koliko je bio vlasnik hotela i operater, Harry Spirides uspješno je stekao kapital potreban za refinanciranje hipotekarnog duga svoje tvrtke, kao i za financiranje nove izgradnje, akvizicije, obnove i poslovanja. On intimno zna kako su financije žila kucavica svakog hotela, i svakako se može povezati sa svakom financijskom situacijom u kojoj bi se mogao naći vlasnik hotela. 

Harry Spirides prodao je svoj hotel 2014. godine na živahnom tržištu hotelskih nekretnina. Danas gospodin Spirides posjeduje i upravlja tvrtkom Spirides Hospitality Finance Company u kojoj smatra da je vrlo korisno pomoći vlasnicima hotela u njihovim financijskim potrebama, nakon što su "prešli tisuću milja u svojim cipelama". On osigurava financiranje pod najboljim mogućim uvjetima za vlasnike hotela koji se nalaze diljem Sjedinjenih Država koristeći svoje duboke, provjerene i dobro uspostavljene veze na tržištima kapitala i ugostiteljstvu općenito. 

Gospodin Spirides je magistrirao poslovnu administraciju na Sveučilištu Mercer i diplomirao hotelijerstvo na Sveučilištu Florida State. Također je nagrađen Naprednom certifikacijom u nekretnine i hotelska ulaganja sa Sveučilišta Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Harry Spirides je vojni veteran i bivši dočasnik. Služio je 3 godine aktivne dužnosti i 8 godina pričuvne dužnosti kao savezni časnik za provođenje zakona u američkoj obalnoj straži. Dobio je počasni otpust iz vojne službe 2008. Spirides Hospitality Finance Company je 2017. godine američko Ministarstvo za pitanja veterana verificiralo kao malu tvrtku u vlasništvu veterana. 

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Spirides Obiteljska povijest uslužnog ugostiteljstva 

Godine 1910. George Leonidas Spirides emigrirao je u Sjedinjene Američke Države iz Sparte u Grčkoj. Sljedećih 5 godina proveo je radeći u New Yorku kao perilica posuđa, kuhar i dostavljač cvijeća.

Godine 1915. George L. Spirides preselio se u Endicott, New York, kako bi radio za svog prvog rođaka Jamesa Stratesa, vlasnika Strates Shows -a, koji je postao najveća nacionalna putujuća karnevalska predstava. U to vrijeme izložba je putovala u 50 dvospratnih željezničkih vagona i zapošljavala je 900 ljudi. George Spirides upravljao je blagovaonicom Strates poznatom kao "Cookhouse". Između emisija George Spirides putovao je na druge karnevale i posebne događaje gdje je upravljao vlastitim prodajnim mjestima za sladoled i smrznutu kremu.

1940. George L. Spirides i njegova supruga Florence preselili su se u Savannah, Georgia, gdje su sljedećih 40 godina posjedovali i upravljali restoranima i smještajnim objektima.  

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.

Sredinom 1960-ih, George H. Spirides kupio je posljednji preostali dio legendarnog starog hotela na plaži u blizini Savannah, Georgia, a tijekom sljedećih 30 godina upravljao je i proširio taj hotel i pretvorio ga u modernu sobu s 205 soba, service resort resort hotel koji je ugostio više od 100.000 gostiju svake godine.

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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