Everett L. Smith Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Everett L. Smith, Jr., has served as Chief Executive Officer of Charlestowne Hotels since 1980. In this capacity, he has supervised the development and operation of multiple hotels located in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and several other major destinations within the Southeast. He has also provided a wide range of consulting services relating to the hotel industry such as valuation and market analysis, operations and financial management, and marketing and renovation planning. Everett, a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Charleston native, has been listed in Who’s Who in the Hospitality Industry.
Michael W. Tall
President & Chief Operating Officer
Michael Tall joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2004 to provide guidance in marketing, eCommerce, and revenue management initiatives. Previously, Michael worked for RockResorts, The Savoy Group, Kiawah Island Resorts, and Xerox. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the UNC Wilmington and received his Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University’s Hotel School. Michael is on the Board of Governors for the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau, an Executive Committee Member of the East Carolina University College of Human Ecology Advancement Council, and is actively involved in the Cornell University Hotel School Alumni Association. He has been a speaker at various hotel industry conferences and universities, and was recently included in Southeast Tourism Society’s inaugural class of “Forty for the Future: Travel’s Leading Talent”. He is continually recognized for his forward thinking approach to revenue creation.
Jackie L. Lang, CPA
Vice-President of Finance
Jackie Lang, a certified public accountant, joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2001 bringing more than 20 years of accounting experience. Jackie began her career working for a large public accounting firm where she gained fluency in all areas of accounting, after which she transitioned into the governmental sector as a finance director. Jackie graduated summa cum laude from Charleston Southern University and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Her extensive knowledge in industry specific accounting practices and strong belief in transparency with clients, assures accurate reporting and financial security for each operation.
Regional Director of Operations
Sherrill Baker boasts a wide range of competencies gleaned during her nineteen years in the hospitality industry. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sherrill began her hotel career at the front desk and has worked in and around hotels ever since. Her forte is hotel operations and revenue management with a focus on AAA Four and Five Diamond boutique hotels. Most recently, Sherrill managed the O. Henry hotel in Greensboro, NC and was instrumental in the opening of its sister property, the Proximity Hotel, the first LEED Platinum hotel in the United States. Previously, Sherrill worked at such fine properties as Carolina Inn and Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC and Woodlands Inn, Summerville, SC.
Regional Director of Operations
Matt Barba brings to Charlestowne Hotels a comprehensive background in hotel, restaurant, and project management with a concentration on AAA Four and Five Diamond properties. His background encompasses many aspects of the hospitality industry including design and construction, repositioning, training, and marketing. Matt’s 16 years of experience include such properties as The Waldorf=Astoria, The Hermitage Hotel, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, and Walt Disney World Resort.
Wesley W. Bloomfield
Business Development & Strategic Marketing
Wesley joined Charlestowne Hotels in early 2010 and possesses a diverse background in hospitality that ranges from food and beverage operations to destination marketing. Bloomfield received a degree in hospitality management from the University of South Carolina and recently attained a Master Certification in Revenue Management and Hospitality Marketing from Cornell University’s Hotel School. Before joining Charlestowne, Wesley held positions with Marriott Vacation Club International, IHG and the Beaufort Visitors & Convention Bureau. During her tenure with the company, Wesley has served as a marketing account manager for more than 30 hotels and has overseen the marketing department as a senior marketing manager. Recently, Wesley joined the business development team in an effort to further develop the Charlestowne Hotels’ brand and foster new client relationships.
Director of Human Resources
Tricia Bowman offers more than 20 years of experience in human resource management, most of which stems from her time as director of human resources with large hospitality management companies including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Sree Hotels. Tricia graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration and is certified by SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). She is affiliated with many industry specific organizations, including SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) and regional hotel human resource associations. Her dedication to recruiting and retaining the industry’s top talent, as well as her deep understanding of policies, allows for maximum employee performance.
Director of Marketing
Johnathan Capps joined Charlestowne in early 2010 as a corporate revenue manager and during that time his aptitude for leadership, combined with his broad background in sales and marketing, provided him the tools necessary to oversee the marketing department as director of marketing and bridge various disciplines for optimum results. Johnathan received a degree in hospitality and tourism management from the College of Charleston and currently serves as an adviser for the college’s hospitality revenue management MBA program. His experience in the industry began while working for Hampton Inn & Suites in Myrtle Beach, SC, and extended from later positions with Wild Dunes Resort, as well as a Florida based hotel development and management company. Johnathan possesses a deep understanding of the hospitality industry and offers extensive knowledge in hotel sales, eCommerce, and rate distribution.
Business Development & Industry Relations
Susan Cohen joined the company in 2008 to focus on Charlestowne Hotels’ quest to expand its presence in the Southeast. Susan is a graduate of Clemson University with 25 years of experience in destination marketing and association management within the hospitality industry. Some of her past positions include Vice President of Marketing for Burroughs and Chapin Co., in Myrtle Beach, SC, Vice President of Marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau outside Atlanta, GA and Executive Vice President and Lobbyist for the South Carolina Hotel and Motel Association.
Director of Revenue Management
Nadine Donnell brings over 20 years of hospitality management experience to Charlestowne Hotels. She began her career in the hospitality industry with The Kiawah Island Golf Resort, after graduating from the University of South Carolina. Nadine held many positions during her 14 years at Kiawah, including Conference Services Manager, Director of Conference Services, and Revenue Manager. Most recently, Nadine worked as the Revenue Manager for The Francis Marion Hotel in historic Charleston.
Regional Director of Operations
With more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jack Geraci possesses a comprehensive background in hotel, restaurant and retail management. Jack has served as a regional director of operations for Charlestowne Hotels since 2009 and has directly overseen more than 15 properties within the portfolio including upscale boutiques, condo hotels, convention resorts and franchised brands. During that time, he has completed numerous property-wide renovation projects, as well as new development and re-positioning assignments. Prior to becoming a director of operations, Jack managed premier properties such as Lodge Alley Inn, French Quarter Inn and HarbourView Inn.
Regional Director of Operations
With a career that spans more than 15 years, Philipp has successfully managed and operated some of the best-known hotels across the country, including properties in Vail, Charleston, Boston, Miami, Austin, Houston and Washington D.C. Most recently, Philipp served as General Manager of the 4 Diamond Loews Annapolis Hotel overseeing the hotel’s operations, including its extensive meeting space and guest room renovation. Prior to joining Loews, Philipp worked with Destination Hotels & Resorts for 13 years. In his last role with DH&R, he served as Hotel Manager at Washington D.C.’s iconic Madison Hotel, overseeing the $22 million renovation and repositioning of the property, as well as bringing the service standards up to 4 Diamond plus quality. Philipp holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a minor in French from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Philipp also obtained a Certificate in Hospitality Leadership from the College of Charleston.
Business Development & Investment Strategy
Equipped with 20 years of hotel management experience from historic, small, luxury hotels to large properties in New York City including Relais & Châteaux and Rosewood, Spelts joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2009 after completing his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he focused on finance and strategy. Since that time, he has been engaged in strategic analysis and financial underwriting for Charlestowne’s clients. Recent projects include new developments, asset repositioning, acquisitions, branding, and rate of return determinations. In addition to hotels, Spelts has led the opening of several successful restaurants including work with JBF Award winners Tom Colicchio and Dan Kluger, and he has been involved in development and management of high-end private social and fitness clubs such as Core Club and David Barton Gyms. Spelts is an active member of the Urban Land Institute serving on a regional initiative council, regularly speaks at industry events, and is a past president of the Charleston Hotel Association and a governor of the Charleston Travel Council.