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 joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2004. Since becoming co-owner in 2008, he has made it a priority to recruit and hire the industry’s top talent and to expand the company’s portfolio. Under his leadership, Charlestowne Hotels’ portfolio has doubled in size -twice- receiving prestigious industry accolades including Conde Nast Magazine’s “Gold List” and “Top 100 Hotels in the World”, Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards for the #1 City Hotel in the US and the #2 Hotel in the World, TripAdvisor’s #1 and #2 Luxury Hotel in the US, and Smith Travel Research’s “Best Performing Hotel in the US”.
Previously, Michael worked for Rock Resorts (subsidiary of Vail Resorts) as a corporate analyst as well as the director of revenue for the former Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. He has also worked with companies such as The Savoy Group, Kiawah Island Resorts, and Xerox. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and received his Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Michael sits on the Board of Governors and serves as Chairman for the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau, is on the advisory board for the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, is an active member of YPO, and in the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Alumni Association. He has been a guest lecturer and speaker at many university’s and hotel industry events including The Hunter Investment Conference, various BLLA Conferences, Lodging Conference, several BITAC Conferences, NYU Investment Conference, STR Data Conference, HITEC, HI Connect Design, LifeSTYLE/Boutique Hotel Development Conference, Urban Land Institute Conference, and the Hotel Business Management Round-tables. Michael was recently chosen by the Southeast Tourism Society for the inaugural class of “Forty for the Future: Travel’s Leading Talent”. He is continually recognized for his forward thinking approach to revenue creation.
Vice President of Operations
With a career that spans two decades, 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. Since 2013, Philipp has been a vital component of the Charlestowne Operations Team, overseeing various flagship properties in the company’s hometown of Charleston, SC. It was under his leadership that The Spectator Hotel was awarded the coveted title of Travel + Leisure’s Number 1 hotel in the US. Since then, Philipp has become an integral leader of countless special projects and business development needs, including the operational management of the company’s adaptive reuse projects. From restoring a turn of the century steel mill into The Foundry Hotel in Asheville, NC to reimagining a mid-century bank as Nashville, TN’s Fairlane Hotel, Gavin offers a range of expertise that allows him to optimize and unify the efforts of his team and partners.
Prior to joining Charlestowne, Philipp served in high leadership roles, such as the General Manager of the 4 Diamond Loews Annapolis Hotel and Hotel Manager at Washington D.C.’s iconic Madison Hotel. In June of 2015, Philipp was named by Charleston Regional Business Journal a member of their 2015 class of “Forty Under 40” – an award that recognizes the success and community involvement of 40 professionals under the age 40 who are making a mark on their region. Philipp holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a minor in French from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
Vice President of Marketing
Michael Cady has more than 15 years of marketing and advertising experience from both agency and corporate environments. Cady is responsible for maximizing awareness for the company’s robust portfolio of boutique hotels and resorts, franchised properties and condos around the country.
Offering substantial knowledge and background in brand management, Cady oversees the development and execution of strategic marketing initiatives and communications for all hotels in the brand portfolio. He ensures that positioning for each property is reflective of Charlestowne’s unique branding process and caters to each hotel’s individual needs and identity. Cady also plans to pursue his passion for holistic operations, integrating the sales, finance and marketing sectors to optimize customer relations. The end result will enhance online presence and maximize revenue for all Charlestowne properties.
Most recently, Cady worked at Salamander Resort & Spa, where he served as the director of sales and marketing. Previously, Cady served as account director at the internationally acclaimed advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was the daily contact for Proctor & Gamble’s sales, marketing and global brand teams. Prior to this role, he held the position of corporate marketing director for Joie de Vivre Hospitality and was also the regional marketing director for Belmond properties in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean.
Vice President of Revenue
Johnathan Capps oversees the internal and external revenue management strategies, working to establish new profitability enhancement methods for Charlestowne Hotels and each of the brand’s managed properties. Offering extensive knowledge in corporate revenue development, Capps examines and researches new processes and software that optimize the company’s customized revenue management systems.
On the property level, Capps assists in strategizing areas to increase revenue for each hotel and consistently assess the revenue efforts of targeted campaigns and initiatives. He works with each property team to coordinate packages, promotions and e-blasts with a goal of augmenting revenue production. With a tailored approach for meeting each property’s specific needs, the integration of revenue management within specific operations channels is a key component to client success and one of Charlestowne Hotels’ strongest differentiators.
Most recently, Capps was director of revenue at Wild Dunes Resort. He joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2010 as corporate revenue manager, and later grew to director of marketing. Prior to joining the Charlestowne team, he received experience in hotel development with a Florida-based management company and through his work at Hampton Inn & Suites in Myrtle Beach, SC. Capps 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.
Vice President of Finance
Kyle Hughey joined Charlestowne Hotels with 15 years of accounting experience. Upon earning his degree in Business Administration with an accounting concentration from The Citadel in 2001, Kyle began his career with Elliott Davis, a regional public accounting firm where he gained insight into the fundamentals of financial reporting. In his most recent job with Kiawah Partners, he sharpened his management skills with a team of employees and multiple business operations. His expertise in the accounting industry will serve as a valuable resource to clients and will provide assurance regarding financial information. Kyle is a certified public accountant.
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
A hospitality industry veteran with over 19 years of experience, Jimmy Siebold brings an exemplary history of hotel management and restaurant experience to Charlestowne Hotels. A graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Integrated Supply Management, Jimmy started his career at the Jefferson Hotel, a five-star, five-diamond property in Richmond, VA. He has also served as a General Manager at the four-diamond Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina. Jimmy has held the position of Director of Operations at various sports complexes that include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Harley Davidson Museum. After assuming the role as Food and Beverage Director at the Tides Hotel in Folly Beach, SC, Jimmy joined Charlestowne Hotels in August 2012 as a General Manager at the North Charleston Inn and has been a Regional Director of Operations since 2014. His passion for heartfelt hospitality and dedication to the future of the industry are highly instrumental in overseeing and defining five Charleston properties.
Corporate 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.
Corporate Director of Operations
Jennifer brings to Charlestowne Hotels over 17 years of diverse hospitality experience spanning across departments: Front Office, Housekeeping, and Food & Beverage. With a degree in accounting from Indiana University of PA, Jennifer served as Controller at Wild Dunes Resort for seven years before moving into operations leadership. At Charlestowne, Jennifer serves as a Corporate Director of Operations where she oversees much of the portfolio’s university market assets along with a special focus on Food & Beverage.
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