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ROBINSON CALLEN | Founder of H.I. Development
Founder of H.I. Development Corp., Robinson Callen's contribution to the hotel industry spans more than 50 productive, successful years. The strong foundation on which he built H.I. Development began with his interest in real estate development and a natural talent for financial management. Following his graduation from Yale University and after serving in the United States Army, stationed in Japan during the Korean War, Robinson began his career acquiring real estate in Manhattan with his father, Casper Callen, who was a partner in the prestigious real estate firm of Hanfield, Callen, Ruland and Benjamin, Inc., which was established in 1867. While Robinson syndicated a number of buildings in Manhattan, he also bought and sold other buildings in Manhattan on his own account, of which a number remain in the Callen family real estate holdings. He entered the hospitality industry through a limited partnership position in the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach, Florida and then shortly thereafter acquired the already open Holiday Inn Lakeland, Florida. The rest is history. Seeing the need for Kemmons Wilson's vision for franchised hotels and his young Holiday Inn brand, Robinson Callen built numerous Holiday Inn franchised hotels around central Florida. In the late 1960s, with the aggressive development of his Holiday Inn hotel portfolio overcoming his New York real estate investments, especially given the operation intensive nature of hotels as real estate investments, Robinson relocated his family from New York, N.Y., to Winter Haven, Florida. Robinson went on to acquire, develop, and/or manage numerous hotels across Florida, Puerto Rico and Europe and was one of the early developers of the iconic Holiday Inn brand. Robinson's expertise in creating new properties and operating them at optimum profitability has earned him the recognition and respect of the industry's leaders. With a love for real estate investment and hotel management, Mr. Callen is currently extending operations to new frontiers, consulting on multiple deals in Panama City, Panama. [back to top]
ANDRE CALLEN | President
Andre serves as President and Director of H.I. Development. Having worked in hotels since his childhood, after graduating from Boston University, Andre worked in New York City, managing the Casper R. Callen Trust real estate properties, which remain in the Callen family holdings today. Andre subsequently spent time working in different capacities in regard to hotel operations, development, acquisition, and asset management in the offices of Savannah, Georgia; Miami Beach, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before locating to the corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida, in 1996, working closely with David H. Callen, who had successfully guided H.I. Development for years. Andre, currently, oversees the Tampa, Florida, office with direct responsibility for the central Florida hotel portfolio. He serves on the International Hospitality Council at St. Leo University in Dade City, Florida, and actively participates in other Tampa area organizations. Andre resides in South Tampa. [back to top]
JACKIE HOLCOM | Executive Assistant
Jackie joined the H.I. Development family in 1969, starting in an entry Front Desk position at the opening of the Holiday Inn Lakeland South, and has since worked in a wide range of capacities throughout her illustrious career, including numerous hotel operations positions as a team member at the following Florida hotels; the Holiday Inn Disney World South, Holiday Inn Lakeland/North, Holiday Inn Winter Haven and Holiday Inn Lakeland/Central, with her reaching the position of General Manager. Jackie also provided assistance in the international expansion with the opening of the Holiday Inn hotel in Avignon, France, and was extensively involved in the training and pre-opening process of the Holiday Inn Ponce, Puerto Rico. More recently, Jackie has worked in the Tampa corporate office and has been Andre Callen's Executive Assistant since 2004, while also working on special corporate projects and assignments. Jackie resides in Lakeland, Florida, and holds associate degrees in Accounting and Computer Networking. [back to top]
DAVID CLEMENT | Vice President
David currently serves as Vice President of H.I. Development and is responsible for the facilities management, construction management and asset management activities of the hotels/real estate. Prior to joining the company in 1984, he served as Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Wellington Management Company, a full service real estate management company, from 1979 to 1983. David earned his undergraduate education at Mississippi State University, majoring in Business Administration, while in the cooperative education program with Holiday Inns, Inc. He later received professional development certificates in Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management as well as Financial Management from eCornell, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. David's first employment was in the management training program of Holiday Inns, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee. Afterwards, David was assigned to the International Division of Holiday Inns, Inc., in Brussels, Belgium, working for the managing director. In addition to being involved in numerous new build hotel and condominium construction projects prior to joining H.I. Development, David has been intimately involved in the development and acquisition of hotels across Florida, France and Puerto Rico, while with the company. He is licensed in the state of Florida as a Real Estate Broker, Certified General Contractor, Certified General Appraiser, and Community Association Manager. David currently holds the following certificates and designations: Certified Hotel Administrator, Certified Commercial Investment Member, Certified Property Manager of the National Association of Realtors, General Accredited Appraiser, Certified Construction Manager, and Certified Cost Consultant. [back to top]
LARRY E. COLLIER JR., C.H.A. | Director of Operations
After serving honorably in the Unites States Marine Corps., Larry E. Collier Jr., a second-generation employee, attended the University of Central Florida. Larry began his career with H.I. Development in 1986 at the Holiday Inn Lakeland Central in Lakeland, Florida, where he worked in every operational department, earning Holiday Inn certifications as front office manager, food and beverage director, and in 1992, general manager. In 1998, Larry earned the designation of Certified Hospitality Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, and in 2006, he attended the IAHI/Purdue University, Krannert School of Management's General Manager Academy. During his career, Larry has won numerous awards including the Franchise of the Year Award for Villager Lodge (1996), Bass Hotels and Resorts Quality Excellence Awards (1997,1998, and 2000), and the IHG Priority Club Member's Choice Award for the Best Holiday Inn Hotel Worldwide in 2001, as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Lakeland South in Lakeland, Florida. Larry moved to Puerto Rico in 2002 to become Corporate Operating Manager overseeing the Puerto Rico hotels, and in 2003 he assumed the role as Regional Director of Operations for the company in Tampa. Larry was promoted to Director of Operations in January 2012 and resides in Lakeland, Florida. [back to top]
VICTORIA SCHROCK | Director of Accounting
Joining the H.I. Development team in 1988 as the Director of Accounting, Vicki oversees the accounting and financial reporting for the company. She provides oversight to the accounting department and is responsible for review of all financial statements. In addition to the duties of the accounting department, Vicki also has responsibilities in the areas of insurance, human resources and payroll. Victoria earned her associates degree from St. Petersburg College and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. [back to top]
KIMBERLY MOORE | Social Media/Web Designer/Graphic Designer
Kimberly is the newest member of the H.I. Development team, joining the company in June 2013. Her professional background is a diverse blend of retail, sales, and talents in graphic design, web design, social media and marketing. Kimberly holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, an MBA and a certificate in Designing Websites from State College of Florida. In 2006, she relocated from Alabama to the Sunshine State and now resides in Tampa. [back to top]
MARGARET BRITT | Corporate Controller
Margaret started with the company in 1976 as a Corporate Controller. She handles hotel financial statement preparation and also provides other corporate and trust accounting services for various entities. She has worked in various offices for the company and prepares the financial statements for newly formed entities. Margaret resides in Haines City, Florida. [back to top]
CONSTANCE McGILLIVRAY | Corporate Controller
Connee joined H.I. Development in 1992 as a Corporate Controller. She handles hotel financial statement preparation and other special projects, such as audits for the company. Prior to joining the company, Connee gained extensive experience in accounting with other hotel management companies. Connee resides in Tampa, Florida. [back to top]
LAURA LINEWEAVER | Corporate Controller
Laura joined H.I. Development in January 2009 as Administrative Manager and currently holds the title of Corporate Controller, handling hotel financial statement preparation and corporate bookkeeping. Laura also manages the office and has successfully implemented waste reduction programs. She resides in Brooksville, Florida. [back to top]
Mr. Robinson Callen founded H.I. Development, a development and management company specializing in the hospitality industry, in 1959. H.I. Development and its affiliates have been developing and operating nationally franchised and independent hotels in the United States, Caribbean, and Europe for over 50 years. It is one of the foremost privately owned hotel management and consulting companies in the United States with offices in Tampa, Fla.; Miami Beach, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; and San Juan, PR. Robinson Callen graduated from Yale University and was associated with his father, Casper Callen, in the prestigious New York real estate firm of Hanfield, Callen, Ruland, and Benjamin, Inc., established in 1867. Presently, the third generation of Callens is successfully continuing the Callen family legacy in hotel real estate development and management.
With an initial foray in the hotel business as a limited partner at the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach, Fla., Robinson Callen recognized the large untapped market for franchised hotel product that Kemmons Wilson was pioneering with his Holiday Inn brand. Robinson Callen saw the need and the opportunity, as he purchased the already opened Holiday Inn Lakeland Central and then went about aggressively developing Holiday Inn hotels throughout central Florida in the 1960s and 1970s, including multiple expansions to the Holiday Inn Lakeland Central. In Florida, H.I. Development developed new build Holiday Inn hotels in Lakeland North, Lakeland South, Winter Haven, Dundee, Disney World South, Clermont, Leesburg, and Yee-Haw Junction among others. Later, H.I. Development developed in Florida, the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int'l Airport and the Hampton Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int'l Airport. In addition to the ground up development projects, H.I. Development also acquired numerous open and operating hotels in Florida, including the Holiday Inn Gainesville, Holiday Inn South Beach/Miami Beach, Holiday Inn Miami Springs/International Airport, Holiday Inn Downtown Tampa, Holiday Inn Civic Center Miami, Holiday Inn Islamorada, and Holiday Inn St. Augustine Beach, as well as two properties in Georgia, the Holiday Inn Savannah Downtown and Knights Inn Marietta. In Charlotte, N.C., an affiliated company acquired the Sheraton Charlotte Airport.
In addition to the domestic hotel development, acquisition and management, H.I. Development began its international hotel development and management by building the Holiday Inn in Ponce, PR, which opened in the early 1970s. H.I. Development later developed in Puerto Rico, the Crowne Plaza San Juan/Isla Verde, Days Inn Ponce, and Holiday Inn Mayaguez, and subsequently launched through an affiliate the El Tropical Casino brand, famous island wide in Puerto Rico. In the early 1970s, H.I. Development's international affiliates began developing hotels in Europe with a heavy concentration in France. The company built and operated Holiday Inn hotels in France at Avignon, Nice Airport, Paris/Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris/Orly Airport, Paris/Velizy, and Strasbourg. H.I. Development later built and owned in France the Crowne Plaza Lyon, Crowne Plaza Toulouse and Hotel Ibis Paris/Charles de Gaulle Airport and acquired Ramada Inn hotels in Brussels and Liege, Belgium. After selling its European hotels, H.I. Development became involved in the hotel management of the quality driven Alliance Hotels, all 3- and 4-star hotels in France, and the 2-star French Hotel company Fimotel. Of the 64 hotels which comprised the Alliance/Fimotel Group, seven were converted into Holiday Inn branded hotels, as the company repositioned the properties to significantly improve the cash flow for the lender owner. The management ended with the successful sale of the portfolio in December 1995. In the Republic of Ireland, another affiliated company acquired a fifty percent interest in the Blainroe Golf Resort and Hotel in Wicklow County outside of Dublin and built the Holiday Inn on Pierce Street in Dublin, Ireland, which was later sold. H.I. Development and its affiliates continue to explore new frontiers for hotel development, and are currently consulting on multiple deals in Panama City, Panama.
In addition to the extremely successful third-party management that the company provided for the lender owner of the Alliance/Fimotel portfolio, H.I. Development has successfully managed, for Dade County, Fla., and the Miami Dade Aviation Department, at the MIA Hotel, located directly above the central terminal at Miami International Airport since the 1980s. We have throughout the years successfully provided hotel management and services for unrelated ownership groups, including lenders, for hotels such as the Holiday Inn Tampa/State Fairgrounds, Holiday Inn Jacksonville Downtown, Holiday Inn Express Lake Park (Georgia), Knights Inn Pensacola, Villager Lodge Daytona Beach, Holiday Inn Manhattan/Wall Street (New York), and Holiday Inn Vineland (New Jersey), among others.
We are currently preparing plans to develop new build hotels in our core markets with current plans progressing for hotels in the Florida markets of Gainesville, Lakeland and Winter Haven. We are actively considering hotel investments in operating hotels, as well as opportunities in third party management contracts, and in the right circumstance, we will consider equity/joint venture arrangements to coincide with our management.
H.I. Development Corp. hotels consistently emphasize exceptional guest service, embracing a fanatical attention to detail, as we deliver unique, positive guest experiences, exceeding expectations in a friendly and comfortable environment.
The happiness and satisfaction of our guests is the first order of business, and every H.I. Development Corp. team member is dedicated to providing our guests with personal attention, attending promptly, efficiently and with a genuine smile to any guest’s needs and requests. It is understood that team members must treat each other as if a guest to foster a collaborative, cooperative environment, with all pursuing the common goal of excellence and a happy, satisfied guest.
We desire to provide quality service that goes above and beyond as we genuinely aspire to be among the best worldwide!