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About Spirides Hotel Finance

We’ve walked a thousand miles in your shoes.

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 anledninger i løpet av sine 20 år som hoteleier og operatør har Harry Spirides lykkes med å skaffe kapital etter behov for å refinansiere selskapets boliglånsgjeld samt finansiere nybygg, oppkjøp, renoveringer og drift. Han vet nært hvordan økonomi er et livsnerve i ethvert hotell, og han kan absolutt forholde seg til enhver økonomisk situasjon der en hoteleier kan befinne seg. 

Harry Spirides solgte hotellet sitt i 2014 i et pulserende eiendomsmarked for hoteller. I dag eier og driver Mr. Han gir finansiering på de best mulige vilkårene for hotellleiere i hele USA ved å bruke hans dype, påviste og veletablerte forbindelser i kapitalmarkedene og gjestfrihetsbransjen 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 har også blitt tildelt Advanced Certification in Real Estate and Hotel Investment fra Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Harry Spirides er en militærveteran og tidligere bestillingsoffiser. Han tjenestegjorde 3 års aktiv tjeneste og 8 års reservetjeneste som føderal politimann i den amerikanske kystvakten. Han mottok en ærefull utskrivelse fra militærtjenesten i 2008. Spirides Hospitality Finance Company ble bekreftet i 2017 som en veteraneid småbedrift av det amerikanske departementet for veteransaker. 

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Spirides familiehistorie for servering av gjestfrihet 

I 1910 immigrerte George Leonidas Spirides til USA fra Sparta, Hellas. Han tilbrakte de neste 5 årene som arbeider i New York som oppvaskmaskin, kokk og blomsterleveringsgutt.

I 1915 flyttet George L. Spirides til Endicott, New York, for å jobbe for sin første fetter James Strates, eier av Strates Shows, som ble landets største reiser karnevalshow. På den tiden reiste showet i 50 dobbeltlengde jernbanevogner og sysselsatte 900 mennesker. George Spirides administrerte Strates spisestue kjent som "Cookhouse." Mellom showene reiste George Spirides til andre karneval og spesielle arrangementer hvor han drev sin egen is og frosne vaniljesausekonsesjonsutsalg.

I 1940 flyttet George L. Spirides og kona Florence til Savannah, Georgia, hvor de eide og drev matservering og overnattingsmuligheter de neste 40 årene.  

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.

På midten av 1960-tallet kjøpte George H. Spirides den siste gjenværende delen av et legendarisk gammelt strandhotell nær Savannah, Georgia, og i løpet av de neste 30 årene drev han og utvidet hotellet og forvandlet det til et moderne 205-roms fullt service beach resort hotel som var vert for mer enn 100 000 gjester 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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