Monthly Archives: May 2009

General Managers’ Meeting Dives Into Dollars and Ducks


Paragon Hotel Company’s intensive General Managers Conference, held in the Upstate’s metropolitan gem on a beautiful May weekend, covered big-ticket issues such as the rollout of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); revenue management; and Front Desk sales strategies.

The event also left plenty of room for fun since the conference was scheduled on the same weekend of Greenville’s annual Duck Derby, a daylong festival for children and families that featured food, games and rubber ducks. Ten thousand of them, to be precise – all released into the Reedy River that cascades through the heart of downtown. The event raised more than $16,000, distributed to 12 charities, including those that work to eradicate polio, serve the homeless and help a baseball team for children with disabilities.

At the conference itself, participants enjoyed their share of fun, too, with a Circle of Excellence Awards ceremony and a reception for PHC vendors.

“Sure we worked hard at the conference,” says Mitesh Patel, executive vice president of Paragon Hotel Company, “but we also got to have a great time. The Duck Derby drew thousands of people, and the event benefited so many charitable organizations. And that speaks directly to one of our company’s major priorities: community outreach.”

As PHC’s website indicates, “We believe that as a corporate citizen, PHC should always participate in and contribute to greater causes beyond our specific mission. Not only have we monetarily contributed to an abundant amount of organizations, we also have actively participated in events and initiatives that clearly enforce our commitment to making neighborhoods safer, healthier places for everyone.”

With the conference’s revenue-intensive topics – from SOPs to sales strategies – participants also were immersed in another of the company’s driving forces: to provide “enduring achievements resulting in long-term profitability” for investors.

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About Paragon Hotel Company

Founded in 1995, PHC is a hospitality real estate management and development company based in Anderson, SC. The company’s vision, “constantly challenging the status quo,” complements its mission to acquire, develop and manage a portfolio of unique properties and lifestyle experiences for the enjoyment of our guests, while delivering exceptional financial results to investors and positively impacting the surrounding communities. The company’s portfolio of more than 2,100 rooms in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee includes hotels within Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, Best Western, Choice, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide franchises.