Industry Update
Appointment 6 August 2014

Pete Sams

Appointed Regional Vice President
At White Lodging in Merrillville - IN, USA

Pete SamsAfter serving honorably in the U.S. Army, Sams started his hospitality career as a restaurant server at the Omni Corpus Christi while completing his college education. Over the course of the next 20 years, Sams put together a successful and highly decorated career with Omni Hotels. He initially held several positions in the finance discipline, including leadership roles as an area director of finance for Omni Hotels, having responsibility for as many as ten hotels at one time in this capacity. In 2004, Sams transitioned to operations and returned to the Omni Corpus Christi where he served as the Director of Operations over this complex 821 room two-tower environment. In 2006, he was named General Manager of the Omni Richmond. During his tenure in Richmond, the outstanding results he garnered in the areas of associate engagement, guest experience, RevPAR growth, and outstanding financial management earned him recognition as the General Manager of the Year for Omni Hotels in 2009. In 2010, he was selected to lead the historic 836 room Omni Shoreham in Washington DC, where he has served admirably for the past four years. The Shoreham is Washington DC's largest four-diamond hotel and the property was named as a "Best Place to Work" by the Washington Business Journal during Sams' tenure. While at Omni, Sams also co-chaired a number of brand steering committees for Omni, to include updating the brand's associate recognition program. Sams also participated in several task force assignments to include several openings. As a general manager, he earned a great reputation for identifying talent and demonstrated a clear commitment to developing future leaders.

White Lodging

White Lodging, established in 1985, is one of the leading ownership, development, and management companies in America. An innovative trendsetter, the organization’s portfolio includes convention, urban lifestyle, and suburban select hotels with more than $1 billion in managed revenue.
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