Richard W. Norton – President
Rick Norton brings more than 30 years’ experience in directing, operating, managing and providing operational advisory services to the hotel and hospitality industry. Richard W. Norton is President of IPD Hospitality, Inc., overseeing the operations of the company’s hotel assets,development, real estate acquisitions and consulting services throughout the United States.
Since his first hospitality position, Richard has operated and or consulted at numerous facilities including IHG properties, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Best Western and other franchised and non franchised facilities. This includes operations and consulting for time share and condominium management. Richard was directly responsible for the construction and management of a Hyatt multi-million dollar ninety-six unit time share project in the US Virgin Islands and the operation of a one hundred forty-four unit condominium complex in Florida. He has consulted directly for investor groups for the purchase of time share facilities in the United States. During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he was responsible for the operation of 28 limited service hotels as its own independent chain.
Prior to this position, Mr. Norton was President of a nationally recognized hotel management company. Working for this company since the age of fifteen, Richard has developed his knowledge of the hospitality industry through hands on operations experience. Taking full advantage of the company’s management training programs early in his career, he was promoted to General Manager of a full service hotel at the age of 21.
Currently, Richard concentrates on sales and marketing and operations of IPD Hospitality’s portfolio of hotel, motel, restaurants and other service industry properties. Along with these responsibilities, he utilizes his many years of experience for consulting, asset management and study work for the hospitality industry.
Larry Nottingham – Vice President of Operations
Larry is responsible for the day to day operations of the IPD Hospitality portfolio of hotels. Within his role, he develops and implements critical hotel operating strategies and oversees all capital, technical, revenue and quality-related functions. Specializing in renovations, hotel restructuring and the re-positioning of assets, Larry’s oversight and leadership has added value to hotel assets we manage. Larry drives initiatives to enhance the profitability of IPD’s assets. He is directly responsible for all of IPD Hospitality’s associates and for the operating budgets of all IPD hotels.
Sharae Nottingham – Regional Director Of Operations
Sharae brings over 25 years of successful hands-on experience to IPD Hospitality. As Regional Manager, she oversees a number of key assets managed by the company, including identifying efficiencies, brand strategies and driving overall profitability for the hotels in our portfolio. Sharae has amassed more than 15 years of experience prior to her current position with IPD Hospitality serving as General Manager with brands including IHG, Hilton, Choice and a number of independent hotels throughout the country.
Jason Hayes – Regional Director Of Operations
Jason Hayes has more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry and specializes in hotel operations and revenue management. Mr. Hayes is also responsible for yield management and web optimization for the IPD Hospitality portfolio. Mr. Hayes has experience in operating hotels from a variety of brands to include Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Choice Hotels, and Wyndham, in addition to independent hotels. Prior to joining IPD Hospitality, Mr. Hayes specialized in hotel takeovers, renovations, guest service improvement projects, and task force management. Mr. Hayes earned his degree from North Carolina State University and has been involved in the hospitality industry since.
Daniel Warth – Director of Revenue Management
Danny is a career driven professional who came to IPD bringing with him 30 years of hotel industry experience. He began his hotel career in sales and was quickly promoted to general manger and then moved up a regional manager where he managed a portfolio of 36 hotels and was responsible for exceeding budget revenue and service goals. He has a strong background partnering with owners and managers to help set and achieve goals in revenue, customer relations, sales-marketing, and systems management. He has excellent organizational and analytical skills which help in managing regions through direct communication and on-site hotel consulting. Danny currently resides in Southern Indiana with his family.
Jeannine Tornese – Director of Sales and Marketing
Jeannine Tornese is the Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for IPD Hospitality, Inc. Ms. Tornese is in charge of overseeing and assisting with sales and marketing efforts for the company’s portfolio of hotels. Prior to this position, Ms. Tornese was with Hospitality Softnet, Inc. working as a sales trainer and a quality assurance test call administrator. In addition to hotel experience, Ms. Tornese has also worked in convention centers and a convention and visitors bureau in the greater Atlanta area. Ms. Tornese graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1992 and has been in the hospitality industry since.
Nancy Baillie – Corporate Controller / Accounting
Nancy is an energetic disciplined individual who oversees the finances and all accounting personnel at the properties and on a corporate level. She is responsible for each month’s profit and loss statements and the tracking of accounts receivable and payable. She produces a monthly operational review that includes a fully detailed profit and loss statement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budget commentary and capital improvements updates. She received her Accounting degree from West Chester University.
Sarah Murphy has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality and retail industries. Her passion is to consistently deliver exceptional experiences for our clients and guests. Sarah analyzes guest feedback across all brands and crafts creative solutions to enhance our guest service and increase franchise scores. She has previously managed various teams, coaching on the importance of customer service and teamwork. Sarah also assists with Human Resources, making sure each property adheres to the company’s standards and procedures while complying with all safety, security and quality measures. She works with General Managers and Regional Directors alike to ensure both employees and guests receive the best service and care. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Georgia Gwinnett College.