ASHEVILLE HOTEL GROUP
ASHEVILLE HOTEL GROUP
ASHEVILLE HOTEL GROUP
ASHEVILLE HOTEL GROUP
ASHEVILLE HOTEL GROUP
South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC was founded by a group of local business owners in Asheville, North Carolina with a mission to become the best hotel company in Western North Carolina. The partnership that was formed in 1989 has remained the same since its inception and has been integral in growing the portfolio from a single property to now consist of 4 award winning Hilton Family of Hotels properties. Having strong ties to the community has always been a cornerstone of our company and having an Asheville native and third generation hotelier at our helm makes that task even more personal.
G: Growth through personal and professional development with integrity
U: Understanding and anticipating the needs of our guests and team members
E: Excellence achieved through and culture of respect and commitment
S: Service delivered with selfless actions
T: Trust in yourself
Mission Statement: To be the premiere hotel company in Western North Carolina.
Chief Operating Officer
Brenda is a native of Asheville, NC and loves being in tourism in her hometown. Brenda’s philosophy on running our company is simple: Build a solid, dedicated team who cares about each other and our guests and always support development and growth. Brenda has worked in hospitality since graduating high school.
Community responsibility is important to her personally and is an integral part of our company. Brenda leads her team to be responsible, helpful and resourceful with many community partners. It is her belief that in helping others you find deep joy and satisfaction.
Brenda is a great lover of animals and enjoys time spent with her two dogs and two kitties. Having time with friends and family is an important part of her life. She enjoys interesting dining, wine and entertaining.
Words to live by: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and Happier.” Mother Teresa
Director of Sales
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Ray is a Creator. Ray’s insight comes from making sense of things, pulling them apart, having time to process and creating. As the Director of Sales for the past 16 years, Ray brings a knowledgeable, dependable and helpful approach. The greatest value Ray brings to the team is knowing what dial must be adjusted to maximizing performance.
Family is an important aspect in Ray’s life – With his wife of 14 years, together they enjoy traveling, unique food and drink destinations, spending quality time with good friends and providing their kids with lots of unconditional love. Weekends in the fall are often enjoyed hiking in the mountains with their two dogs or attending a college football game, Go Hokies!
Ray’s words to live by…”Treat people the way you would like to be treated, talk to people the way you would like to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given”
Director of Engineering
Brad is a native of Twin City, GA and has lived in the Asheville area for 30 years. After attending the University of Georgia he spent several years traveling with various music groups and eventually recorded a major label album. Brad started working in the hospitality industry and has been doing so for 23 years. He started at an entry – level position and is now the Director of Engineering for our four hotel properties. Brad enjoys being part of our team and the atmosphere that is created by our community service as well as providing an outstanding experience to our guests.
Brad is an avid sports fan, especially college football as he is a life-long Georgia Bulldog. He also continues his music endeavors, playing shows and some studio sessions. Brad enjoys grilling and can often be found smoking various meats and sharing with friends and our team members. Brad is also a 14 year cancer survivor and will always be grateful to the doctors, family and friends who supported him through that time.
Words to Live By:
Enjoy everyday to the fullest. Strive to be your best because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Respect and earn the respect of others.
General Manager: Hampton Inn: I26 / Biltmore Area
FAVORITE GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Always Show Up
Barbara’s’ early life was spent traveling the world with her family where she learned to love experiencing the differences in people, art, food and cultures. Finally landing in the Arizona Sonoran desert, where she grew to love the stark landscape, breathtaking sunsets and starlit nights. For the past 27 years Barbara has called Asheville nestled in the beautiful Mountains of Western NC her home, enjoying the forests, mountains, people art and food.
Barb realizes the need to give back to her Community by volunteering; Manna Food Bank, Eblen Foundation, a local elementary school, wherever there is a need you will probably see Barb. She likes to say: “When I give I always get so much more in return.”
When Barb is not at the hotel leading her team to success, making her guests feel welcome; you can find her creating something; whether it be a painting, mixed media piece or a one of a kind table. Cooking is also a passion, sharing those creations with friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
“Always show up” is Barbara’s favorite Guiding Principle. Barb knows that being present in whatever you are doing will result in 100% of your energy that when your friends or coworkers see this, they in turn will; “Show up”. When everyone is present the end result is can be amazing.
Robbie is a tenth generation native of the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. He was born and raised in Waynesville. This is where he fell in love with the mountains that feed his soul. Robbie spent many days hiking and explore all of the beautiful vistas in and around this wonderful area. This is where he learned the values that define who he is. Robbie is authentic, humble and kind. After graduation high school, Robbie joined the United States Navy. This afforded him the opportunity to travel to many different places; as well as, a appreciation for the benefits of hard work.
Robbie then attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelors of Nursing in 1995. It was during this time that he understood the importance of compassion, empathy, and dealing with people when they were not necessarily at their best. These are traits that have served him well in the hospitality industry.
Robbie joined our team in February of 2008 at the Homewood Suites in Asheville. He worked in many different capacities there. While working as the Assistant General Manager, he was awarded by Hilton Hotel Corporation with the “Spirit of Homewood Suites”. This honor was bestowed on him for his high level guest service and his contribution to the community at large. He gives his time to Bother Wolf Animal Rescue, Eblen Foundation, and mentoring a second grade class at a local elementary school.
When not at work or busy with community responsibilities, Robbie enjoys spending time with his partner and family. Robbie has one adult son, and two beautiful grandsons. They spend their time enjoying our beautiful “backyard”, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, chasing waterfalls and driving on country back road.
Robbie’s motto is “Dance like nobody is watching, Love like you will never be hurt, Sing like nobody is listening, and Live like it is heaven on earth.”
Sharon is passionate and dedicated. She is driven by challenges and opportunities. Sharon believes that no matter what life throws your way you have to be strong and get back up. Let nothing ever keep you down. Sharon is very competitive and strives to be the best at whatever she does.
Sharon graduated from Brevard College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and then received her Bachelors of Science from Western Carolina University in 1998. Sharon began her career in hospitality in September 1999, working in the housekeeping department at the Hampton Inn Biltmore Area. Sharon became an Executive Housekeeper in 2001 and stayed in that capacity until 2011. In July of 2011, Sharon became the General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites. Sharon loves interacting with her guests and employees.
Sharon’s life is her 2 boys, Devon and Dylan. They are her greatest accomplishment and are the reason she strives to be the best at whatever she does. Sharon’s favorite pastime is watching Devon and Dylan participate in sports. When not at a ball field or at a gym, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is learning to love cooking which is a huge accomplishment in itself.
Sharon’s favorite guiding principle is “Dream big, work hard and surround yourself with good people”. Never believe that anything is too big to accomplish. If you dream big, work hard and surround yourself with the right people, there is nothing that you cannot achieve.
Moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina in middle school, Troy fell in love with the beautiful peaks and valleys of the Southern Appalachians and the laid-back air about them. He visited many hiking trails, discovering breathtaking waterfalls and long range views, knowing the Asheville Area was where he would make his home.
While still in high school, Troy got a job at a historic bed and breakfast, where he realized his passion for hospitality. Starting at the Front Desk at the Hampton Inn Troy worked his way up and became the general manager in 1999 of our Hampton Inn & Suites, Troy led his team to high guest service scores and earning multiple Outstanding QA Inspections that led to receiving a Pinnacle Award from Hilton Hotels Corporation in 2001, when his property ranked at the top of the brand. Now at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, Troy believes his team is the key and the sky is the limit. Mentoring his team, he has helped several maximize their potential to find promotions at the Homewood Suites or one of our other properties.
While not working, Troy loves spending time with his family. Whether it be taking the dog for a walk, hiking on one of many of his favorite trails or riding mountain roads on his motorcycle, he enjoys his spare time. For the last several years, he rides in a few of the areas toy runs, donating toys to needy families.
Troy’s words to live by are the sky is the limit.
Originally from central Florida, Winter Haven to be exact, Drew moved to Asheville with his family as a teenager and could not imagine living or working any place else. He graduated from Appalachian State (yep, that school that beat Michigan in football) in 2007 where he was also lucky enough to meet his beautiful wife, Katrina.
Drew started his hospitality career in college and began his current role as a sales manager with our company in 2010. Drew approaches his position as he approaches most things in life with a good mixture of serious and fun.
While not in the office you can typically find him spending time with his wife and their two sons, Porter and Pierson. He also has a passion for (possibly an obsession with) obstacle racing, spending many weekends a year traveling to run in Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, or any other race he can get muddy doing. During the fall though, college football is king as he is an avid App State and Florida State fan.
Life’s too short to be serious all the time are the words Drew likes to live by, having a customer or coworker leave with a smile on their face after a conversation is what makes him tick.
Sales and Operations Specialist
Lori is a native of Asheville. She worked for Asheville Hotel Group part time while in high school, then spent 20 years working in the automotive industry and is now back home.
Lori’s favorite hobby is travel, so being on the other side helping others enjoy their travels is the perfect fit for her. Family is the most important thing to her. When not at work you can find her spending time with her husband and son, along with their golden retriever and Siamese cat.
Some of Lori’s other favorite pastimes are hiking, enjoying new restaurants, heading out on adventures, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Lori’s words to live by are “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not that are worthy.” – Thomas Merton
Christian C. Denman
Christian C. Denman a.k.a. C
C’s favorite phrase: Choose your Attitude. Life is way too short to be crabby… she chooses to be happy and upbeat…glass half full kind of girl all the way!
In her teens and very early twenties, she was a dance instructor and loved it! However, she quickly discovered that she did not want to make it a career. In April 1992, C was hired as a desk clerk at the Hampton Inn – Biltmore Square in Asheville, NC, soon to found that the fit was great. She loved the people and the work. This was the career and company she had been searching for…family at last. A place that she felt she could grow up with and grow old with. Now one of the Executive Assistants and HR she couldn’t be happier!
In December of 1995, C married the love of her life. Neil and C have been happily married for 20 years. They do everything together…housework, yardwork, but their favorite is taking trips on the Harley! She says there’s nothing like it! That is their happy place. Neil and C have a beautiful daughter Isabelle. Can’t believe it, but Isabelle is graduating high school this year with honors, she is even giving a speech at her graduation. She will be attending the University of Tennessee. They are very proud parents! Where has the time gone? They say time flies when you’re having fun – We all know that’s right! Neil and C are looking forward to UT football – GO VOLS!
As the years have flown by, many changes have happened but a few things will never change… Love for her family, hospitality and her love for this company.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Michael grew up in Asheville since the age of 9. Enjoying everything Western North Carolina had to offer growing up, Michael got his first taste of the hotel business in the mid 80’s.
After taking the opportunity to move around the Southeast in his 20’s & 30’s, Michael returned to Asheville when his parents were aging. After his returned to Asheville, he was reintroduced to the hospitality industry in his current position as Administrative Assistant with South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC for over 10 years now.
Michael truly enjoys his interaction with the entire staff. Making the team feel very comfortable and welcome are very important to him. His deep involvement in our Company’s multitude of community service outreach projects are just a part of who he is. Giving back to the community is not only very important to the Company, but to Michael as well. Whether it is fund raising for a local animal rescue, participating in the lunch buddy program with a local elementary school to putting on a big head Mickey Mouse costume (with Minnie of course) to entertain kids in need.
After getting married in 2012, Michael spends as much of his free time as possible with his family, who’s main member is their 4-year-old dog HarVee. Taking advantage of the NC Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway or just walks with HarVee around the neighborhood, Michael is very happy to have found his way back to beautiful Asheville surrounded by family and friends.
Life’s too short not to laugh along the way…otherwise you’re doing it wrong!
Our Sales Team has over 20 years of experience helping our partners obtain accommodations at the Hampton Inns by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton. We specialize in offering group discounts and assist local companies with their accommodation needs. We are actively involved with several motor coach associations and work closely with the Buncombe and Henderson County communities. Should you need a proposal for group rates or need to talk about establishing corporate rates please contact our Sales Team. We look forward to working with you.
Your Sales Team,
Hours: M-F (8A-5P)
Who We Are: Our team members exhibit a strong foundation of hospitality, a genuine care for others and our community.
- Paid Time Off and Holidays
- Annual performance evaluations with a possible pay increase and developmental plan to inspire career growth within the company
- Heath Insurance*
- Employee Travel Program with discounts available at Hilton Family properties
- Dental, Vision, and Life insurance plans*
- Free Uniforms
- Weekly Pay
- Complimentary local attraction tickets
- Internal candidates are considered FIRST for advancement opportunities inside our company.