John Q. Hammons Suffers Health Setback

Did you take notice that the living hotel legend John Q. Hammons, 91, is suffering from serious heart and lung problems? John Q. has been on a unique and singular track for most his life and, if you don’t know who he is, you’re missing one of the greatest hoteliers/developer of our time.

Over his 70-year career, he has developed 190 hotel properties in 40 states.  But the statistics hide the essence of Mr. Hammons special development techniques.  He disdains standard feasibility studies when assessing potential suites for hotel development.  Instead, he relies on his own experience, knowledge and intuition.  He only builds in secondary and tertiary markets.

As a long-time hotel consultant, I stand in awe of the Hammons organization which currently operates upwards of 75 hotels, all of which were built near demand generators, such as state capitals, airports, interstate highway intersections, universities, golf-courses, corporate headquarters, state parks and race tracks.

My special appreciation arises out of my visit to Springfield, Mo. and Branson, Mo. from July 11-13, 2006 to interview Mr. Hammons and his executives in preparation for writing my book “Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry”.

About the author: Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC operates his hotel consulting office as a sole practitioner specializing in franchising issues, asset management and litigation support services. Turkel’s clients are hotel owners and franchisees, investors and lending institutions. Turkel serves on the Board of Advisors and lectures at the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

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