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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.

Vid många tillfällen under sina 20 år som hotellägare och operatör skaffade Harry Spirides framgångsrikt kapital efter behov för att refinansiera sitt företags bolåneskuld samt finansiera nybyggnation, förvärv, renoveringar och drift. Han vet intimt hur ekonomi är ett livs livsnerv, och han kan säkert relatera till alla ekonomiska situationer där en hotellägare kan hamna. 

Harry Spirides sålde sitt hotell 2014 på en livlig hotellmarknad. Idag äger och driver Mr. Han tillhandahåller finansiering på bästa möjliga villkor för hotellägare i hela USA genom att använda hans djupa, beprövade och väletablerade förbindelser på kapitalmarknaderna och besöksnäringen i allmänhet. 

Mr Spirides har en Master of Business Administration -examen från Mercer University och en Bachelor of Science -examen i Hospitality Administration från Florida State University. Han har också tilldelats avancerad certifiering i fastigheter och hotellinvesteringar från Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Harry Spirides är en militärveteran och före detta kommissionär. Han tjänstgjorde 3 års aktiv tjänst och 8 års reservtjänst som federal brottsbekämpande officer i US Coast Guard. Han fick ett hedrande ansvarsfrihet från militärtjänsten 2008. Spirides Hospitality Finance Company verifierades 2017 som ett veteranägt litet företag av US Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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Spirides Family History of Serving Hospitality 

År 1910 immigrerade George Leonidas Spirides till USA från Sparta, Grekland. De närmaste fem åren arbetade han i New York som diskmaskin, kock och blomsterleverantör.

År 1915 flyttade George L. Spirides till Endicott, New York, för att arbeta för sin första kusin James Strates, ägare till Strates Shows, som blev landets största resande karnevalshow. Vid den tiden reste showen i 50 dubbellängda järnvägsvagnar och sysselsatte 900 personer. George Spirides skötte Strates matsal som kallas "Cookhouse". Mellan programmen reste George Spirides till andra karnevaler och speciella evenemang där han drev sin egen glass och frysta vaniljsås.

År 1940 flyttade George L. Spirides och hans fru Florence till Savannah, Georgia, där de ägde och drev matservice och logi för de kommande 40 åren.  

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.

I mitten av 1960-talet köpte George H. Spirides den sista kvarvarande delen av ett legendariskt gammalt strandhotell nära Savannah, Georgia, och under de närmaste 30 åren drev han och utökade hotellet och förvandlade det till ett modernt 205-rums fullt service beach resort hotel som tog emot mer än 100 000 gäster varje 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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