History

55 years of quality hotel management services

1957 Roy E. Winegardner purchases his first Holiday Inn hotel franchise in Lexington, Kentucky.
1958 John Q. Hammons joins Roy E. Winegardner in founding a private, independent hotel management company. They entered into a development agreement with Holiday Inns, Inc. to develop Holiday Inns.
1961 Winegardner & Hammons corporate office is established in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1966 Winegardner & Hammons is incorporated. By the end of the 1960's, the company constructed almost three dozen Holiday Inn hotels.
1969 John Q. Hammons establishes another hotel management company in Springfield, Missouri. John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
1969 J. Erik Kamfjord is named Senior Vice President of Operations for Winegardner & Hammons.
1974 Roy E. Winegardner is named Vice Chairman of the board of Holiday Inns, Inc. He serves for 10 years as Chairman and CEO, helping to shape the hospitality industry.
1978 J. Erik Kamfjord is named President and CEO of WHI. He develops the business plan which still guides WHI today. In addition to managing hotels for the company's owners, WHI expands to manage properties for third-party hotel owners and diversifies its portfolio to include other brands.
1982 WHI begins providing accounting and financial services for John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
1983 WHI enters into its first joint venture development with a major financial institution as its partner.
1987 WHI is selected by major financial institutions to professionally manage hotel properties under various brands during the depressed real estate market of the late 80's and early 90's.
1994 WHI emerges as one of the first franchises to be selected to grow the full service Marriott brand.
1996 WHI opens its first full-service Marriott hotel, the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast. The success of this venture leads to the continued development of new construction of upscale, full-service hotels.
2000 Leadership changes are announced for Winegardner & Hammons. John Q. Hammons becomes Vice Chairman of WHI, with Roy E. Winegardner remaining as Vice Chairman. J. Erik Kamfjord assumes the role of Chairman of the Board while remaining as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Keith Daub is named the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mike Conway is promoted to Senior Vice president Marketing.
2003 John Q. Hammons is recognized by his peers for his monumental role in shaping the U.S. Hotel Industry by being named "Corporate Hotelier of the World" sponsored by HOTELS Magazine.
2004

Kent Bruggeman promoted to senior vice president of operations and human resources. Keith Daub assumes responsibility for development.

Roy E. Winegardner and John Q. Hammons are inducted into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor was created at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.

2008 WHI celebrates its 50th anniversary by opening its first Renaissance hotel, the Renaissance Indianapolis North.
2011 WHI opens the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown; an adaptive re-use of the historic Phelps Building in downtown Cincinnati.
2013 WHI names Mike Conway Senior Vice President - Business Development and Terry Dammeyer Senior Vice President - Construction & Product Management.
2013 WHI names Mike Conway President and Kent Bruggeman Executive Vice President

Today

WHI remains committed to its sound business plan of developing new economically viable hotels which deliver an appropriate return on investment and continues to seek management opportunities that are consistent with the principles outlined in its mission statement.

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