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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.

Em muitas ocasiões, durante seus 20 anos como dono de hotel e operador, Harry Spirides obteve com sucesso o capital necessário para refinanciar a dívida hipotecária de sua empresa, bem como financiar novas construções, aquisições, renovações e operações. Ele sabe intimamente como as finanças são a força vital de qualquer hotel e certamente pode se relacionar com qualquer situação financeira em que o proprietário de um hotel se encontre. 

Harry Spirides vendeu seu hotel em 2014 em um vibrante mercado imobiliário hoteleiro. Hoje, o Sr. Spirides possui e opera a Spirides Hospitality Finance Company, onde considera muito gratificante ajudar os proprietários de hotéis em suas necessidades de financiamento, tendo “caminhado mil milhas em seus sapatos”. Ele fornece financiamento nas melhores condições possíveis para proprietários de hotéis localizados nos Estados Unidos, usando suas conexões profundas, comprovadas e bem estabelecidas no mercado de capitais e na indústria de hospitalidade em geral. 

O Sr. Spirides possui mestrado em administração de empresas pela Mercer University e bacharelado em administração de hospitalidade pela Florida State University. Ele também recebeu a Certificação Avançada em Investimento Imobiliário e Hoteleiro da Escola de Administração Hoteleira da Cornell University. Harry Spirides é um veterano militar e ex-oficial comissionado. Ele serviu por 3 anos na ativa e 8 anos na reserva como policial federal na Guarda Costeira dos EUA. Ele recebeu uma dispensa honrosa do serviço militar em 2008. A Spirides Hospitality Finance Company foi verificada em 2017 como uma pequena empresa de propriedade de veteranos pelo Departamento de Assuntos de Veteranos dos EUA. 

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História da família de Spirides de servir hospitalidade 

Em 1910, George Leonidas Spirides imigrou para os Estados Unidos de Esparta, Grécia. Ele passou os próximos 5 anos trabalhando em Nova York como lavador de pratos, cozinheiro e entregador de flores.

Em 1915, George L. Spirides mudou-se para Endicott, Nova York, para trabalhar para seu primo James Strates, proprietário da Strates Shows, que se tornou o maior show itinerante de carnaval do país. Naquela época, o show viajava em 50 vagões duplos e empregava 900 pessoas. George Spirides administrava o restaurante Strates conhecido como "Cookhouse". Entre os shows, George Spirides viajou para outros carnavais e eventos especiais, onde operou seus próprios sorvetes e lojas de sorvetes congelados.

Em 1940, George L. Spirides e sua esposa Florence mudaram-se para Savannah, Geórgia, onde foram proprietários e operaram estabelecimentos de alimentação e hospedagem pelos próximos 40 anos.  

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.

Em meados dos anos 1960, George H. Spirides comprou a última seção remanescente de um lendário antigo hotel resort de praia perto de Savannah, Geórgia, e nos 30 anos seguintes ele operou e expandiu aquele hotel e o transformou em um moderno hotel de 205 quartos, completo hotel resort de praia de serviço que recebia mais de 100.000 hóspedes a cada ano.

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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