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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.

In molte occasioni durante i suoi 20 anni come proprietario e operatore di hotel Harry Spirides ha ottenuto con successo il capitale necessario per rifinanziare il debito ipotecario della sua azienda, nonché finanziare nuove costruzioni, acquisizioni, ristrutturazioni e operazioni. Sa intimamente come la finanza sia la linfa vitale di qualsiasi hotel e può certamente relazionarsi con qualsiasi situazione finanziaria in cui un albergatore può trovarsi. 

Harry Spirides ha venduto il suo hotel nel 2014 in un vivace mercato immobiliare alberghiero. Oggi, il signor Spirides possiede e gestisce la Spirides Hospitality Finance Company, dove trova molto gratificante assistere i proprietari di hotel con le loro esigenze di finanziamento, avendo "camminato mille miglia nei loro panni". Fornisce finanziamenti alle migliori condizioni possibili per i proprietari di hotel situati negli Stati Uniti utilizzando le sue connessioni profonde, comprovate e ben consolidate nei mercati dei capitali e nel settore dell'ospitalità in generale. 

Mr. Spirides ha conseguito un Master in Business Administration presso la Mercer University e un Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration presso la Florida State University. Ha anche ricevuto la certificazione avanzata in Real Estate and Hotel Investment dalla School of Hotel Administration della Cornell University. Harry Spirides è un veterano militare ed ex ufficiale incaricato. Ha servito 3 anni di servizio attivo e 8 anni di servizio di riserva come ufficiale delle forze dell'ordine federale nella Guardia costiera degli Stati Uniti. Ha ricevuto un congedo con onore dal servizio militare nel 2008. La Spirides Hospitality Finance Company è stata verificata nel 2017 come piccola impresa di proprietà dei veterani dal Dipartimento degli affari dei veterani degli Stati Uniti. 

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Storia della famiglia Spirides di servire l'ospitalità 

Nel 1910, George Leonidas Spirides emigrò negli Stati Uniti da Sparta, in Grecia. Trascorse i successivi 5 anni lavorando a New York come lavapiatti, cuoco e fattorino di fiori.

Nel 1915, George L. Spirides si trasferì a Endicott, New York, per lavorare per suo cugino di primo grado James Strates, proprietario di Strates Shows, che divenne il più grande spettacolo di carnevale itinerante della nazione. A quel tempo lo spettacolo viaggiava in 50 vagoni ferroviari a doppia lunghezza e impiegava 900 persone. George Spirides gestiva il ristorante Strates noto come "Cookhouse". Tra uno spettacolo e l'altro George Spirides si è recato in altri carnevali ed eventi speciali dove ha gestito i suoi negozi di gelati e crema pasticcera congelata.

Nel 1940, George L. Spirides e sua moglie Florence si trasferirono a Savannah, in Georgia, dove possedevano e gestivano stabilimenti di ristorazione e strutture ricettive per i successivi 40 anni.  

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 metà degli anni '60, George H. Spirides acquistò l'ultima parte rimasta di un leggendario hotel sulla spiaggia vicino a Savannah, in Georgia, e nei successivi 30 anni gestì e ampliò quell'hotel e lo trasformò in un moderno 205 camere, completamente servizio beach resort hotel che ha ospitato più di 100.000 ospiti ogni anno.

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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