The Franchise Owner's most trusted news source


Log In / Register | Jan 20, 2018

Lawsuit To Remove Hammons CEO Dowdy

One of the heroes in my book "Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry" (AuthorHouse, 2009) is John Q. Hammons.

In 2006, I visited Springfield, Missouri where I interviewed Mr. Hammons (and his excellent executive team) and discovered that he had developed 185 hotel properties in 40 states. This master hotel developer, builder, owner and manager disdained standard feasibility studies when assessing potential sites for hotel development. Instead, he relied on his own experience, knowledge and intuition.

In 2010, Hammons was removed from the leadership of his company by Jacquie Dowdy, a long-time aide who assumed the CEO position.  Hammons' seclusion — long-time friends have reported being barred from visiting — led to an investigation by the state to establish guardianship. Now the Atrium Holding Co, owners of more than half the hotels managed by John Q. Hammons, has filed a lawsuit claiming that CEO Dowdy violated a contract in 2010 when she appointed herself as leader and Gregory Groves as general counsel.  The suit calls for an injunction preventing Dowdy from acting as CEO and removing Groves as general counsel. It also seeks an injunction to allow Atrium to appoint a president for JQH Hotels as well as damages related to Dowdy's salary and staff bonuses.

Let justice be done!

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

About Stanley Turkel

Stanley Turkel's picture

Public Profile

Stanley Turkel, CMHS is a New York-based hotel consultant specializing in hotel-related expert witness and franchising services. He was designated as the 2015 and 2014 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To order his books, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry; Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York; Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi; Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels West of the Mississippi; and Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf, go to stanleyturkel.com and click on "books."

Turkel can be reached at stanturkel@aol.com or (917) 628-8549.