McKibbon Hospitality announced the expansion of its corporate headquarters amid the recent additions to its executive team and rebranding efforts. The changes are part of the ongoing evolution and vision of McKibbon Hospitality allowing the company to grow its hotel development, management and renovation divisions. McKibbon Hospitality will continue developing select service and extended-stay properties, but has broadened their scope with new lifestyle and boutique hotels, such as Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio and Marriott’s newest brand, AC Hotels.
In the past year, McKibbon Hospitality added over ten executive positions including internal promotions for Karl Oates, VP of Lifestyle Hotels; Kane Flanary, VP of Renovations; Todd Kinney, Regional VP of Operations; Wes Townson, VP of Business Development and more.
“The expansion of our offices and our corporate team are a testament to McKibbon’s company values and passion to remain on the forefront of our industry,” said chief executive officer Vann Herring. “We are especially proud to continue to grow our corporate headquarters here at Avion Park in the Westshore business district. The proximity to the airport and easy access to great restaurants and retail make this a perfect location for our team.”
The additions to McKibbon’s corporate team required expanding office space. The new corporate headquarters will be located at Avion Park in the Westshore business district. McKibbon is partnering with HOK on the architecture and EWI Construction on design and construction on the nearly 10,000 square feet office space, which began construction in June.
“Tampa is an amazing place to be headquartered. We are especially proud we can utilize the talent of companies like EWI Construction, HOK, CI Group, Built and Modulo to bring our workspace to life and continue to attract top talent to the Tampa Bay area,” said Randy Hassen, president of McKibbon Hospitality’s hotel management division.
Slated to be complete in November 2016, the new space will feature rolled steel accent walls, a glass garage door, a living green wall, custom built tables and chairs, and height adjustable workspaces.
In addition to the expanded executive team and office space, McKibbon Hospitality recently completed a rebranding effort, merging McKibbon Hotel Group, McKibbon Hotel Management and MHG Construction Services under one main brand. The brand launch includes a new company name, logo, overall messaging and more. McKibbon will also be launching its revamped website in early fall 2016. The new brand identity expresses the dedication McKibbon Hospitality has to its associates and guests, which is reflected in the company name and its unique perspective on hospitality. The new tagline “Hospitality Begins With Us” is inspired by individual associates’ personal commitment and the company’s collective commitment to make a guests’ experience truly great. It is the essence of who McKibbon Hospitality truly is and that essence is now reflected in its identity, brand and actions.
As much as McKibbon Hospitality has evolved since its founding, one thing hasn’t changed. McKibbon Hospitality is still a family company, dedicated to the communities that they call home and serve. The legacy of McKibbon Hospitality is built on a foundation of integrity, anchored in how it values guests and treats associates and partners.
Therefore, McKibbon Hospitality encourages all of its hotel teams to play an active role in supporting their local communities. A perfect example is the Aloft Asheville Downtown in Asheville, N.C.: they formed a partnership with a local animal rescue shelter to foster a dog at the hotel. McKibbon’s newest hotel, Aloft Greenville Downtown in Greenville, S.C., followed suit and recently began fostering dogs at their hotel. Between the two hotels, over 75 dogs have been rescued, garnering both national and international attention.
McKibbon’s corporate team plans to partner with a local animal rescue shelter in Tampa and will foster one dog at a time at its offices with the hope that the program will become a model for other hotels and organizations. During GBTA’s Annual Convention this week, McKibbon is partnering with Denver’s OutPaws Animal Rescue and will have a rescue dog in the McKibbon Hospitality booth for attendees to visit and pet.
McKibbon Hospitality owns, operates and manages more than 80 hotels throughout the nation and employs over 2,500 people. The new office space in Tampa will be home to over 40 corporate team members with room to expand.