OVERVIEW

Innisfree Hotels is a hotel company delivering exceptional service, guest satisfaction and return on investment since 1985. We embrace our motto of ‘creating fun, memorable experiences,’ while cultivating innovation and excellence in everything we do.

“We know one thing for sure. Every guest that comes into our hotel will have an experience.  We decide what that experience will be.”   – Founder and CEO Julian MacQueen, 1985

Innisfree Hotels came to be on January 1,1985, when founder and CEO Julian MacQueen left his post as executive vice president for Family Inns of America and acquired his first hotel in Mobile, Alabama. From that hotel came a strong portfolio of properties we continue to build upon today.

Yet perhaps our story begins long before, on a beach in the late 1960s, when a 15-year-old MacQueen didn’t want to return home during his summer vacation. Hitchhiking the shores of Destin, Florida, Julian ultimately found a summer job at the Jack Tar Beach House. He never left the industry.

The history of Innisfree is long and winding, but at its heart are hard work and a culture of service. Julian and Kim MacQueen and the rest of the Innisfree family believe that hospitality is a way to change the world – one guest at a time.

For more than three decades, Innisfree has expertly managed dozens of hotels in partnership with the world’s most recognized hotel brands. Innisfree has owned and operated both full and focused service properties throughout the United States. Our ability to deliver results stems from an experienced executive team with a powerful combination of hotel management, marketing and property development expertise.

At Innisfree Hotels, we’re passionate about consistently delivering long-term financial benefits to owners, while fostering a vibrant and caring work environment for our people. Our drive to be a model corporate citizen inspires us to outperform our competitors by engaging in innovative problem-solving that improves the way we serve our guests, treat our employees and conduct our day-to-day business.

Innisfree Hotels derives its name from the William Butler Yeats poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree,’ which depicts the tranquil atmosphere we strive to create both for our guests and employees.

 

properties

  • Innisfree developed the Hilton Hotel Pensacola Beach, FL from the ground up in 2004 with 275 rooms, including 91 suites in a 17-story tower and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space. This hotel offers family-friendly 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, oversized private beachfront balconies, a boutique gift shop, indoor and outdoor pools including a children’s pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, H2O Cajun Asian Grill, Bonsai Sushi Bar, Latitudes Beach Bar, Butler’s Pantry and free covered parking.

    Innisfree developed the Hilton Hotel Pensacola Beach, FL from the ground up in 2004 with 275 rooms, including 91 suites in a 17-story tower and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space. This hotel offers family-friendly 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, oversized private beachfront balconies, a boutique gift shop, indoor and outdoor pools including a children’s pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, H2O Cajun Asian Grill, Bonsai Sushi Bar, Latitudes Beach Bar, Butler’s Pantry and free covered parking.

  • Holiday Inn Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL is an Innisfree developed winner of InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2012 Development of the Year Award. It has 206 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It offers the best pool on the beach with a 250-foot seasonally heated lazy river and cascading waterfall, kids suites, private beachfront balconies, supervised children’s activities, ‘Dive-Inn’ movies, interactive pirate and mermaid shows, 24-hour beach view fitness center and Riptides Sports Grill and Tiki Bar.

    Holiday Inn Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL is an Innisfree developed winner of InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2012 Development of the Year Award. It has 206 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It offers the best pool on the beach with a 250-foot seasonally heated lazy river and cascading waterfall, kids suites, private beachfront balconies, supervised children’s activities, ‘Dive-Inn’ movies, interactive pirate and mermaid shows, 24-hour beach view fitness center and Riptides Sports Grill and Tiki Bar.

  • Innisfree developed this winner of the 2012 ‘Deal of the Year’ Award from Hilton Worldwide. The Hampton Inn & Suites, Orange Beach, Alabama has 160 rooms and ample beachfront meeting space. It offers indoor/outdoor zero-entry beachfront pool and hot tub, seasonal beachfront tiki bar, 24-hour beach view fitness center and 24-hour business center, free breakfast, free WiFi, free covered parking and free coffee and tea in lobby.

    Innisfree developed this winner of the 2012 ‘Deal of the Year’ Award from Hilton Worldwide. The Hampton Inn & Suites, Orange Beach, Alabama has 160 rooms and ample beachfront meeting space. It offers indoor/outdoor zero-entry beachfront pool and hot tub, seasonal beachfront tiki bar, 24-hour beach view fitness center and 24-hour business center, free breakfast, free WiFi, free covered parking and free coffee and tea in lobby.

  • Innisfree Hotels purchased The Hampton Inn Hotel, Pensacola Beach, FL as a shell in 2004, after it was devastated by Hurricane Ivan and managed its redevelopment. This hotel has 181 rooms and two spacious meeting rooms. It offers two seasonally heated swimming pools, private beachfront balconies, Gilligan’s Beachfront Tiki Bar, fitness center and 24-hour business center, free hot breakfast, free WiFi and free parking.

    Innisfree Hotels purchased The Hampton Inn Hotel, Pensacola Beach, FL as a shell in 2004, after it was devastated by Hurricane Ivan and managed its redevelopment. This hotel has 181 rooms and two spacious meeting rooms. It offers two seasonally heated swimming pools, private beachfront balconies, Gilligan’s Beachfront Tiki Bar, fitness center and 24-hour business center, free hot breakfast, free WiFi and free parking.

  • With 137 rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space, Hilton Garden Inn, Orange Beach, AL offers an indoor/outdoor beachfront pool and whirlpools climate-controlled year-round, oversized guest rooms with private balconies, fitness center, full-service breakfast cafe, seasonal poolside tiki bar and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry.

    With 137 rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space, Hilton Garden Inn, Orange Beach, AL offers an indoor/outdoor beachfront pool and whirlpools climate-controlled year-round, oversized guest rooms with private balconies, fitness center, full-service breakfast cafe, seasonal poolside tiki bar and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry.

  • Holiday Inn Resort, Fort Walton Beach, FL is an Innisfree development and winner of InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2014 Design Development Award Award. It has 152 rooms and 2,500 square feet of meeting space. It offers the best pool on the beach with a 250-foot seasonally heated lazy river and cascading waterfall, family suites, private beachfront balconies, supervised children’s activities, ‘Dive-Inn’ movies, interactive pirate and mermaid shows, 24-hour beach view fitness center and 24-hour business center and Riptides Sports Grill and Beachfront Tiki Bar.

    Holiday Inn Resort, Fort Walton Beach, FL is an Innisfree development and winner of InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2014 Design Development Award Award. It has 152 rooms and 2,500 square feet of meeting space. It offers the best pool on the beach with a 250-foot seasonally heated lazy river and cascading waterfall, family suites, private beachfront balconies, supervised children’s activities, ‘Dive-Inn’ movies, interactive pirate and mermaid shows, 24-hour beach view fitness center and 24-hour business center and Riptides Sports Grill and Beachfront Tiki Bar.

  • Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach, AL has 119 rooms and 920 square feet of meeting space. It offers beachfront seasonally heated pools, hot tub, seasonal poolside tiki bar, free breakfast, private beachfront balconies, free WiFi, free parking, 24-hour business center and 24-hour fitness center.

    Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach, AL has 119 rooms and 920 square feet of meeting space. It offers beachfront seasonally heated pools, hot tub, seasonal poolside tiki bar, free breakfast, private beachfront balconies, free WiFi, free parking, 24-hour business center and 24-hour fitness center.

  • Innisfree developed the Hyatt Place Hotel, Pensacola FL. This 127-room hotel and meeting space is connected to the Pensacola International Airport terminal. It offers travelers an innovative level of service and modern conveniences such as healthy food, Starbucks coffee, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor lap pool and business services.

    Innisfree developed the Hyatt Place Hotel, Pensacola FL. This 127-room hotel and meeting space is connected to the Pensacola International Airport terminal. It offers travelers an innovative level of service and modern conveniences such as healthy food, Starbucks coffee, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor lap pool and business services.

  • West Bay Beach, Holiday Inn Resort is the only full-service waterfront resort located in beautiful downtown Traverse City, MI. It has 179 newly renovated rooms and 5,800 square feet of meeting space. It offers indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and a whirlpool, kid’s club and game room, 24-hour airport shuttle, fitness center and business center, two onsite restaurants and a nightclub.

    West Bay Beach, Holiday Inn Resort is the only full-service waterfront resort located in beautiful downtown Traverse City, MI. It has 179 newly renovated rooms and 5,800 square feet of meeting space. It offers indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and a whirlpool, kid’s club and game room, 24-hour airport shuttle, fitness center and business center, two onsite restaurants and a nightclub.

  • Killington Mountain Lodge is a full-service resort and ski lodge with views of the scenic Green Mountains in Killington, Vermont.  Innisfree completed a renovation in 2016. The property is less than a mile from Killington Ski Resort and is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. It’s the perfect location for corporate retreats, weddings, and year-round outdoor adventure.

    Killington Mountain Lodge is a full-service resort and ski lodge with views of the scenic Green Mountains in Killington, Vermont.  Innisfree completed a renovation in 2016. The property is less than a mile from Killington Ski Resort and is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. It’s the perfect location for corporate retreats, weddings, and year-round outdoor adventure.

  • Located on the quiet, western end of Panama City Beach, Florida, the Beachside Resort Panama City Beach features 147 recently renovated rooms and suites with private beachfront balconies, a beachfront pool, hot tub, and the Reef Beach Bar located poolside.

    Located on the quiet, western end of Panama City Beach, Florida, the Beachside Resort Panama City Beach features 147 recently renovated rooms and suites with private beachfront balconies, a beachfront pool, hot tub, and the Reef Beach Bar located poolside.

  • Travelodge Pensacola Beach offers 100 rooms located on the ‘quiet water’ side of Santa Rosa Island at the center of everything the beach has to offer. It is across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and Casino Beach (the most popular public beach in the area) and is less than a five-minute walk from the most popular local attractions, restaurants, and bars. The hotel offers a stylish lobby, private beach, fire pit, hammocks and outdoor pool.

    Travelodge Pensacola Beach offers 100 rooms located on the ‘quiet water’ side of Santa Rosa Island at the center of everything the beach has to offer. It is across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and Casino Beach (the most popular public beach in the area) and is less than a five-minute walk from the most popular local attractions, restaurants, and bars. The hotel offers a stylish lobby, private beach, fire pit, hammocks and outdoor pool.

  • Hilton Garden Inn, Pascagoula, MS is Pascagoula’s first full-service major brand hotel. It is located on the former site of the La Font Inn Hotel. This five story, 10-acre property offers business travelers modern accommodations and meeting space conveniently located close to major industries and businesses on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

    Hilton Garden Inn, Pascagoula, MS is Pascagoula’s first full-service major brand hotel. It is located on the former site of the La Font Inn Hotel. This five story, 10-acre property offers business travelers modern accommodations and meeting space conveniently located close to major industries and businesses on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

  • Innisfree developed Red Fish Blue Fish Pensacola Beach, a full-service waterfront restaurant. Its design features repurposed shipping containers, Indonesian boat wood furniture and solar power. It serves simple, good food made from fresh ingredients. The best ‘backyard’ on the beach has two white sand beaches, covered and grassy dining areas, children’s activities and a stylish cocktail bar. 

    Innisfree developed Red Fish Blue Fish Pensacola Beach, a full-service waterfront restaurant. Its design features repurposed shipping containers, Indonesian boat wood furniture and solar power. It serves simple, good food made from fresh ingredients. The best ‘backyard’ on the beach has two white sand beaches, covered and grassy dining areas, children’s activities and a stylish cocktail bar. 

  • The Best Western Premier, Tides Hotel is currently under construction in Orange Beach, AL with a Spring 2016 expected opening date. This boutique style hotel will deliver out of the ordinary amenities including free breakfast, free fast Wifi everywhere, healthy grab and go food 24/7, free coffee and tea bar, technology butler, big beach towels, activities like beach yoga and surf lessons, heated pool, fire pit, cooler ice stations, community gas grills and more.

    The Best Western Premier, Tides Hotel is currently under construction in Orange Beach, AL with a Spring 2016 expected opening date. This boutique style hotel will deliver out of the ordinary amenities including free breakfast, free fast Wifi everywhere, healthy grab and go food 24/7, free coffee and tea bar, technology butler, big beach towels, activities like beach yoga and surf lessons, heated pool, fire pit, cooler ice stations, community gas grills and more.

  • Innisfree Hotels is developing the Embassy Suites in downtown Sarasota, Fla. This 19-floor hotel will feature 180 suites, an outdoor pool, and whirlpool (located in an 8th-floor atrium with an unobstructed view of the city) a pool bar, and a full-service restaurant.

     

    Innisfree Hotels is developing the Embassy Suites in downtown Sarasota, Fla. This 19-floor hotel will feature 180 suites, an outdoor pool, and whirlpool (located in an 8th-floor atrium with an unobstructed view of the city) a pool bar, and a full-service restaurant.

     

  • Bikini Beach Resort is an independent beachfront hotel in the heart of Panama City Beach, Fla., boasting 86 rooms, a beachfront swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, beach service and a tiki bar.

    Bikini Beach Resort is an independent beachfront hotel in the heart of Panama City Beach, Fla., boasting 86 rooms, a beachfront swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, beach service and a tiki bar.

people

  • Julian MacQueen
  • Michael Nixon
  • Brooks Moore
  • Rich Chism
  • Jill Thomas
  • Jason Nicholson
  • Carol Ruben
  • Gwen Vickers
  • Gabe DiCianni
  • George Coolbaugh
  • Larisa Burnett
  • Mike Cosse
  • Jack Guillebeaux
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Julian MacQueen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer (Career Beginning: Busboy)

Julian’s hospitality career began five decades ago with a summer job as a busboy at a resort in Destin, Florida. He founded Innisfree Hotels in 1985, leaving a position as the Executive Vice President of Family Inns of America for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship.

Since then, his company has grown from a single-property operation to one of the largest hotel management companies in the Southern United States, with more than 2,000 rooms owned and managed and more than 1,000 employees. 

A charismatic leader, he inspires loyalty in his team and a company-wide commitment to outstanding customer service and hospitality. His vision, tenacity and ability to build alliances have resulted in many growth opportunities. Much of Innisfree’s success can be attributed to Julian’s mandate of fostering a workplace culture that celebrates creativity, dignity and principled corporate citizenship. Under his guidance, Innisfree adopted a ‘Triple Bottom Line’ business model – implementing an expanded spectrum of criteria for measuring success which values communities, sustainability and profit in equal measure. 

Julian has been married to Kim MacQueen for nearly four decades and has two children, Skye and Jonathan, and two grandchildren. He’s a pilot, a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Psychology and an ardent Crimson Tide fan.

Michael Nixon
President (Career Beginning: Night Auditor)

Michael’s experience with most major hotel franchises and types of hotel properties gives him a unique broad-based perspective of the hospitality business. He joined Innisfree in 1994 as General Manager of the Beachside Resort, Pensacola Beach and was quickly promoted to Regional Director of Operations, then to Vice President of Hotel Operations and most recently to President of Innisfree Hotels.

Michael has more than 25 years of hospitality experience working with both resort and interstate properties. His expertise includes acquisitions, budget preparation, renovation oversight, capital improvement and sales and marketing. He has an excellent track record in establishing new hotels and turning around troubled operations. He is a court-appointed receiver for several properties.

His winning personality makes him a respected leader. He brings a positive influence, leading with good humor, while inspiring the best from his team.

He has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, is a Certified Hospitality Administrator and holds several General Manager certifications. He has performed guest lectures at the University of West Florida on the topics of Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management, and he was also a guest speaker for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He was a contributing author to AAOA Lodging Magazine, serves on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce and has served as President and Board Member of the Pensacola Area Lodging Association.

Brooks Moore
Chief Financial Officer (Career Beginning: Donut Pusher)

Brooks joined the Innisfree team in 2011, bringing with him an extensive background in corporate and commercial real estate finance. He began his professional career in 1998 with Zions Bank’s National Real Estate Group and was later promoted to Director of Business Development for Texas and Oklahoma.

During his commercial banking years, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and was on the Senior Credit Committee at Capital Certified Development Company, which is the largest packager/servicer of SBA 504 loans in the state of Texas.

Brooks also worked as a publishing securities analyst with investment banking firm FBR Capital, where he covered high yield bonds and entertainment/leisure equities.  Brooks has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA (finance and corporate accounting) from the University of Rochester.

Rich Chism
Director of Development (Career Beginning: Stock Clerk)

Rich leads a team of development professionals that oversee hotel planning, design, financial feasibility, entitlements and construction while coordinating the activities of professionals such as architects, engineers, attorneys, contractors, lenders, real estate agents, property managers, vendors, franchisors and government officials.

He worked as a project manager for two commercial real estate development companies prior to joining Innisfree in 2008. Since then, his development team has successfully constructed several major branded hotels and a destination restaurant. The department is also responsible for major renovations of existing properties.

Rich served in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator for 11 years after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in 1989. He then went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School of Business where he discovered his passion for real estate development.

Jill Thomas
Chief Marketing Officer (Career Beginning: Lifeguard)

Jill joined Innisfree in 2010 as the company’s first Chief Marketing Office. As founder and head of Innisfree’s in-house marketing agency (Bee Loud), she oversees marketing strategy development and implementation for all of Innisfree’s owned and managed hotels, restaurants and spa properties. She also performs market research and brand development for corporate acquisitions and heads up Innisfree’s Corporate Social Responsibility program – the Hive.

Jill has many years of marketing experience and was a partner in several digital marketing start-ups. She started her career in television and radio production, working as a broadcast journalist and producer on several national Canadian television shows. She then spent a decade working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising and communications.

In 1999, she traded in her urban career and bought the Tree House Cafe on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She transformed the business into a thriving live music venue, increasing sales by over 600%. She also owned Rocksalt Restaurant and Cafe on Salt Spring Island for more than a decade. This successful enterprise was named one of the best places to eat in Canada by ‘Where to Eat’.

Jill spent several years on the Board of Directors for the BC Culinary Tourism Society and the British Columbia Food Services and Restaurant Association and was on the organizing committee for the 2010 Canadian Chef Congress. She serves on the Marketing Oversight Committee for Visit Pensacola and is a member of Hyatt Corporation’s Digital Marketing Committee.  She is also a member of IMPACT 100 Pensacola and a Board Member for Dixon School of the Arts.

Jill has an undergraduate degree in Social Science from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master’s of Environmental Studies from York University.

Jason Nicholson
Vice-President, Hotel Operations (Career Beginning: Mullet Belly Scrubber)

Jason joined Innisfree in 1996 as an Assistant General Manager, swiftly climbing the ranks to assume his current position as Vice-President, Hotel Operations in 2015.

His superb command of revenue management strategies, operational efficiencies and a keen eye for detail have brought significant gains for the numerous hotels which he has helmed as General Manager and Regional Director. While he was the General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Orange Beach, AL, the property was ranked No. 1 for service delivery among 500 of the brand’s hotels.

An innovative thinker, Jason has guided hotels through rebrands and rebuilds while improving operations and exceeding expected outcomes. He oversaw brand renovations for numerous properties, as well as hurricane rebuilds in 1998, 2004 and 2005, increasing the gross room revenue by 100% within two years of Innisfree’s purchase of the hotel.

Jason also preserved outstanding bottom line profits during the hurricane impacts of 2004 and 2005, U.S. recession of 2008 and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.

Jason has served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he was appointed to the Visit Pensacola Board of Directors.

Carol Ruben
Vice-President, Human Resources & Administration (Career Beginning: Restaurant Cashier)

Carol Ruben got her start at Innisfree as an Accounts Payable Clerk in 1988, when Innisfree owned only three hotels. Over the course of her career with the company, she has enjoyed roles as Accounting Supervisor, Human Resources Administrator and Payroll Supervisor – all while serving as Executive Assistant to founder and CEO Julian MacQueen. In her latest position, she also serves on the committee for 401k, Health Insurance and Property & General Liability Insurance coverage.

After studying Business Administration at Pensacola State College, Carol worked for 9 years as Payroll Supervisor for Ashland Chemical Company before joining National American Corporation (NACO), an RV resort and timeshare company, where she gained experience in the hospitality industry, hiring new managers and setting up new parks across the United States.

Carol says she enjoys hospitality because the people you make contact with are on vacation and having a good time. Perhaps this is why she connects with our Innisfree motto of ‘creating fun, memorable experiences.’

 

Gwen Vickers
Regional Director of Operations (Career Beginning: Front Desk)

Gwen has more than three decades of hospitality experience. She joined Innisfree in 1989 and held the positions of General Manager, Director of Purchasing and Director of Sales before accepting her current position as Regional Director of Operations.

Gwen has experience managing hotel openings, renovations, takeovers and post-sale closings. She has specialized expertise in the construction, opening and management of RV Parks. 

Gwen has a proven history of substantially increasing profitability by implementing tight controls and lowering costs, while using yield management strategies to increase Average Daily Rates and occupancy. She works closely with property managers to maximize efficiency and ease of day-to-day operations.

She is a Certified Hotel Administrator and has attended training sessions for Vantage Hospitality, Days Inn, Best Western International, Choice Hotels International and Holiday Inn Express. Gwen is also a member-at-large of the American Business Women’s Association and National Association of Professional Women, a member of the National Recreation & Park Association and a member of The Hospitality Industry Network.

Gabe DiCianni
Regional Director of Operations (Career Beginning: Night Auditor/Front Desk)

Gabe assumed his current role of Regional Director in 2012, continuing a successful career at Innisfree Hotels. He joined the company in 1999 as a night auditor and front desk clerk at Beachside Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL. After completing his degree from the University of West Florida, he was promoted to the position of General Manager at the Days Inn in Orange Beach, AL.

Gabe’s unique talents include his steadfast ability to calm the troops and get the job done. Equally competent in a hard-hat overseeing construction of a hotel project or leading a sales team to outstanding results, his focus and resolve inspire others.

In 2004, he became the General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Orange Beach, AL, and was tasked with reopening the hotel after the devastating Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast. During the first full year of operation, the hotel’s gross revenue increased by 41% and the property was awarded the ‘Highest Increase in Customer Loyalty’ award.   

In the winter of 2010, Gabe became the opening General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Orange Beach, AL. Under his direction, the sales team booked $1.1 million in group sales during construction and achieved an occupancy rate of 99% within 60 days of opening.

George Coolbaugh
Regional Director of Operations (Career Beginning: Cocktail Waitress)

George joined Innisfree in 1995 and served as General Manager at various hotels in our portfolio before assuming her current position as Regional Director of Operations in 2013.

George possesses a wide range of skills including marketing, contract negotiations, construction management, human resources management and recruitment. She has experience leading a hotel through the process from concept to construction to opening day. She managed the opening team at the innovative beachfront dining spot Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach, Florida and oversees Innisfree’s spas and retail operations in addition to her hotel responsibilities.

George has a creative ability to come up with inventive solutions. Thinking outside the box and identifying opportunities for growth and revenue generation are her hallmarks.  She is a top producing sales person with advanced abilities in financial management who has overseen the renovation and sale of hotel properties.

George is an active volunteer in her community in many capacities.

Larisa Burnett
Regional Director of Operations (Career Beginning: Guest Service Agent)

Larisa joined Innisfree Hotels in 2015 as a Regional Director. She first met our president, Mike Nixon, more than twenty years ago at an industry conference. He inspired her to focus on empowering her team, which led to great successes in her career.

After starting out as a sales director, Larisa worked her way up to Area General Manager for multiple Marriott properties. Her strengths include multi-unit management, customer service and quality assurance. She has a strong track record for training and growing future industry leaders.

An award-winning hotel operations manager, Larisa came to Innisfree from Texas, where she led an impressive portfolio of hotels to increase revenues and establish training facilities. She firmly believes in promoting cultures of personal and professional development – to create empowered employees and successful hotels.

Mike Cosse
Corporate Food & Beverage Director (Career Beginning: Commercial Shrimp Fishing)

Mike joined Innisfree in 2007 when he was discovered by former president Harlan Butler at a Marriott in Dallas, TX. Mike interviewed for and accepted the position of Director of Food and Beverage for Innisfree’s Pensacola Beach hotel properties in one day. Today he is serving as the Corporate Food & Beverage Director for all properties.

During his 27 years in hospitality, Mike has built an extensive repertoire in leadership, teambuilding, budgeting and P&L management. He is an ACFEI Certified Chef, serves on the Board for the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and works closely with many community outreach programs, including Keep Florida Beautiful. Mike is sales certified by Hilton and Marriott brands.

An accomplished industry leader with a degree from the ACFEI/Culinary Institute of America, Mike trained under renowned Chef Maurice Fitzgerald -one of the first-ever ACFEI-certified chefs in the state of Louisiana. He holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is passionate about food and beverage but one of the things Mike enjoys most is spending time outdoors on the Gulf Coast.

Jack Guillebeaux
Director of Corporate Culture

Jack’s experience in cultivating culture and organizational strategy is his life’s work, beginning in the 1960s. He met Innisfree Hotels founder and CEO Julian MacQueen and his wife, Kim, more than 25 years ago through the Baha’i community.

Jack facilitated a weekend retreat attended by the MacQueens, focused on bringing people together on the personal and spiritual side. But Julian recognized that the work could translate to organizational development, so he invited Jack to enact the same experience for his small company, the beginning of Innisfree Hotels.

For a while, the growing team came together every year or two, sometimes twice a year, to go through the tools and exercises that would become Genesis – a culture toolkit for working together and doing business.

Jack joined Innisfree Hotels on a more official basis in 2012 as Director of Corporate Culture. For a long time, he says, Innisfree has been an ‘organization on the run,’ in a constant state of building and creating. With many challenges along the way, much of the company’s energy was spent on surviving and growing.

Today, Innisfree is moving into a different space, where there is room for doing something more than just surviving. With Jack’s arrival, we begin to look closely at the culture of our organization – the spirit and tools and principles and values that will guide us into a new chapter. Now, it is Jack’s task to systematize the work so it becomes more organized and understood company-wide.

Jack considers himself lucky to have shared his work with institutions, church foundations and social organizations throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. What he has learned from Innisfree, he shares abroad. What he learns in his travels, he brings back to us.