Interview with President Jeff Good, Company culture a priority at GHS
Jeff Good, president of Good Hospitality Services, talks about the importance of having and promoting a positive company culture, which is a key to success behind his company that has built over 60 hotels in the last 20 years. Jeff was asked to speak at the Hotel Data Conference in Nashville, TN in August 2018. In his interview with Hotel News Now, Jeff discusses some exciting new projects that Good Hospitality Services is working on and the change in the hospitality industry over the last 25 years. Watch Jeff’s full interview below with Hotel News Now:
Home2 Suites by Hilton Coming to Naples, Florida in 2020
Good Hospitality Services is developing a new Home2 Suites by Hilton in Naples, Florida. The exciting new property is set to open in 2020. More details to come soon!
SpringHill Suites Hotel coming to Munster
There is a brand new Springhill Suites hotel coming to Munster, IN. To get a GOOD read, click the link below.
The Man Behind the Success
Get to know the owner of Good Hospitality Services, Jeff Good.
NWI Times | Deborah Laverty
"It's hard for Jeffrey J. Good to remember a time in his life when he wasn't working.
Good, the 55-year-old president of Good Hospitality Services Inc., was in sixth grade when he began shoveling sand at his family's Morgan Township business, Good and Sons Construction."
Centennial Village Construction Kicks Off in Munster
Good Hospitality President, Jeff Good, discusses the SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel development at the groundbreaking.
Good Hospitality has begun the process of adding a new hotel to the portfolio. The new Springhill Suites broke ground at its site in Centennial Village in Munster, IN. "Located at the corner of Calumet Avenue and Superior Street, the new 62,000-square-foot hotel will feature 99 hotel rooms, a pool, patio and sun deck, exercise room and cafe" said Core Construction manager Scott Olthoff. The Springhill Suites is set to open in Summer 2017.
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President of Good Hospitality Weighs in on Future Hotel Market
Buy or Build?
When it comes to running any business, especially a hotel business, this is one of the key questions any Owner has to make. There are caveats that come along with both sides. Jeff Good, President of Good Hospitality Services, recently was part of an owner's roundtable that dove into this very question.
When it comes to buying or building, the two main factors to consider are Market & Location. Do you build in a city, like Chicago, with the hundreds of already established hotels? Or do you build in suburan area where you might have to spend extra money to develop the land around it?
In 2014, STR Analytics based a study on what the average cost of building verses buying came out to.
To Buy a hotel in 2014, it would cost, on average, $219,000 a key.
To Build a hotel in 2014, it would cost $186,000 a key.
So the easy bet would be to build a new hotel. However, this is where Jeff and other owners have done their homework and found the answer isn't so straight forward. Impact Fees have changed the nature of just building a new hotel. These fees, usually government or city related, have inflated the rate at which you can build a new hotel. As you go through the process, they just seem to add on, add on, add on. So when you're sitting here looking at your development budgets, it's, You didn't have that figured out. You didn't have that figured out. It becomes a bit more cumbersome. He also added, I think that's the way of the future. I think you're going to see more and more of that.
One other big factor on whether to build or buy, is do you want to pay a premium to buy? Most people don't ever want to pay more then what something is worth, but there is a factor most people forget. If you pony up a little bit extra right now and buy the hotel for a premium, you start making money back on it tomorrow, compared to waiting 2 or 3 years while constructing a new hotel.
Needless to say, the answer is not a definitive one, but with owners like Jeff Good and others constantly out on the forefront, the question may one day be answered.
Homewood Suites Downtown Indianapolis at it Again!!
For the 2nd straight year, members of the Homewood Suites Hotel located in Downtown Indianapolis, participated in the 8th Annual Wholesale District Beautification Day. Our volunteers helped to clean-up sidewalks, store fronts, and businesses from Georgia Street to South St. This is a great cause and great way to help the Downtown community strive to be the best place in Indiana!
To find out how you can join the cause, please click on the following link: http://www.downtownindy.org/events/1649/wholesale-district-beautification-day/.
Kevin Pease Front Desk Clerk at Homewood Suites Downtown Indianapolis is Nominated for a R.O.S.E. Award
Representatives from Visit Indy, officially nominated Kevin Pease, Front Desk Agent, for the Rose Awards to take place Wednesday, March 18th at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
ROSE is an acronym for Recognition Of Service Excellence. The program shines a light on the waiters, cab drivers, service associates, and other non-managerial hospitality employees that make every Indianapolis visitor feel special. By going beyond the expectations of their job descriptions these service champions leave lasting impressions that bring true meaning to the phrase Hoosier Hospitality.
Kevin has been an employee of the Homewood Suites Downtown Indianapolis for 2 years now and we are so proud to have him as part of our team! Great job Kevin! Keep up the GOOD work!!
Below are comments some guests have made about Kevin:
"The young man at the desk in the evening, Kevin, went way beyond to help with our problem."
"Kevin Peas was a great help."
"Not many people in the service industry give TRUE SERVICE...but Kevin and the other Gentleman that checked me in, knew TRUE SERVICE."
"KEVIN PEAS was very professional and helpful."
Homewood Suites in Plainfield, IN featured in the 2015 February Issue of Extended Stay Cafe by Hilton
Congratulations to the Homewood Suites employees at our Plainfield, IN location! Each month, Hilton releases an issue of the ESC (Extended Stay Cafe). This month, our team at the Homewood Suites Plainfield were featured in 2 different articles. Way to go team!! Great work on continuing to exceed our guest's expectations and serving the community!!
Click Below to read the articles.
Marriott Approves Good Hospitality Services for a SpringHill Suites Franchise
Good Hospitality Services, Inc. is proud to announce that it has been approved for a SpringHill Suites franchise in Munster, Indiana. They are excited about the opportunity to bring a premier brand into the market to serve the many needs of the community.
The SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all?suite select service hotel that provides space as well as a refreshing stylish design. The brand currently has just over 300 hotels in North America mainly in suburban, airport, and urban locations. In 2014, SpringHill Suites was named as one of the Top 10 best franchises in America by Forbes Magazine.
Good Hospitality Services, Inc. is located in Valparaiso Indiana and is celebrating its 20th year in business. Good Hospitality Services, Inc. manages 23 properties throughout Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, and Florida as well as having built approximately 70 hotels throughout those areas representing nine different brands. Three of those twenty three hotels are located in Northwest Indiana and were awarded the 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Good Hospitality Services looks forward to bringing another hotel into Northwest Indiana.
Home 2 Coming to Downtown Indianapolis!
HRC Hotels, LLC and Good Hospitality Services, Inc. are proud to announce that construction will commence this fall on a 102 room Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in downtown Indianapolis, IN. The hotel will be located in the Consolidated building located on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and Wabash St.
HRC and GHS currently own and operate 4 other hotels in the Indianapolis area. One of which is The Homewood Suites by Hilton on Meridian St. that won a Historic Preservation Adaptive Use Award from the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. The project has been widely accepted and was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Hotels in the US for under $200 by Businessinsider.com.
The Home2 Suites by Hilton concept is a very fast growing mid-tier select service hotel brand. It positions itself under the Homewood Suites by Hilton and should serve as a complimentary all-suite extended stay hotel in the heart of downtown. We are currently working with developer TWG to plan the project along with Browning Day Mullen and Dierdorf architects, to expedite project plans for immediate construction. Jeffrey J Good, President of HRC and GHS stated in the release, We are very bullish on Indianapolis and have been for some time. We went into the warehouse district with the Homewood Suites well in advance of the Georgia St. improvements and knew the momentum would carry through. Another adaptive re-use of a popular brand in the capital of our state can only strengthen our portfolio. HRC Hotels, LLC is based out of Lansing, Michigan and Good Hospitality Services, Inc. is based out of Valparaiso, Indiana. GHS is celebrating their 20th year in business.
Below is a link to an article IBJ did featuring this project.
INDIANAPOLIS: Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown
Our Homewood Suites in Downtown Indinanapolis was named in an article by Business Intelligence to be one of the Best Hotels in the US for under $200.
Business Intelligence teamed up with Hotels.com, " to create an exclusive list of the best inexpensive hotels in America. To create this list, Hotels.com found the highest-rated hotels in 27 big cities around the U.S. with rates under $200 per night."
To read the learn more and read the article, click on the link below.
Portage Hampton Inn Receives "Outstanding"
Congratulations to the staff at the Portage Hampton Inn for receiving the grade of Outstanding on their Hilton QA evaluation. We are very proud of the entire team for their hard work and dedication toward this achievement.
Homewood DT Indianapolis Team Participates in Color Run for the 2nd year
The team at the Homewood Suites Indianapolis Downtown Hotel participated in the 2014 Color Run. This is the 2nd year they have participated. The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the Happiest 5k on the Planet. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event.
Homewood DT Indianapolis Team Participates in Wholesale District Indianapolis Beautification Day
The Homewood Suites Downtown Indy team, participated in the annual INDIANAPOLIS Beautification Day. We swept and picked up trash throughout the Wholesale District. The Link below talks about the program and who all in the Wholesale District participated.
Wholesale District unites for Beautification Day - http://www.indydt.org/WDBeautDay.cfm
Jeffrey Good Quoted in "Hotel News Now" Publication
Jeffrey Good, President of Good Hospitality Services, was recently quoted in an article in Hotel New Nows in regards to the Hilton $1.25 billion IPO filing:
"It's no surprise. Everybody knew this was going to come, it was just a matter of when, hesaid. The one thing it does at least for now is it washes the rumors of Blackstone wanting to peel off the brands and sell them individually. This proves there is power in the enterprise, and it probably will stay intact for some time to come. states Mr. Good. He also states that the next big question for Hilton will be what the management team will look like once the company is publicly traded and said the filing cements the direction of Hilton's brands.
Jeffrey Good is also the President of HRC Hotels, an East Lansing, Michigan-based company that owns 21 hotels including 10 that fly the Hampton Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites flag and four Homewood Suites properties.
Homewood Suites Indianapolis Color Run Team
Homewood Suites Indianapolis was the host hotel for this year's Color Run in Indianapolis. The Color Run is a 5k run that is billed as the Happiest 5k on the planet! It celebrates healthiness, happiness, individually and gives back to the community by donating to a favorite local charity Simon Youth Foundation. Several of the properties team members, along with family and friends participated in the event Eugene Hilliard (General Manager of the property), Angela Comer, Allison Black, Kevin Pease, Josh Young and Barbara Wells.
The Color Run Event Coordinator, Jess, had this to say about the Property and Staff: "I'm SO glad that you guys had fun- Indy really is my favorite race of the whole year- Such an incredible venue, and the best people! I honestly have nothing but good to say about our stay with you guys. My staff was blown away by how great the rooms were, and how accommodating and nice the staff was. Multiple people commented about how nice the breakfast ladies were, especially Vicki. Thank you so much for providing us with such a great place to stay. Being on the road so much, it is always nice to stay somewhere nice that you feel like you can settle in and be comfortable. I would love to stay with you guys again next year!"
Thank you to all the staff for making the Color Runs visit a success! Your hard work and dedication is appreciated!
Good Hospitality Donates Exercise Equipment to Porter-Starke Services
"Good Hospitality Services recently donated exercise equipment to support the newly created client wellness program at Porter-Starke Services. The donation by the hotel management organization will provide clients of Porter-Starke the opportunity to improve both their physical and mental wellness at the non-profit community mental health center's Valparaiso office.
Porter-Starke Services is very thankful for the partnerships and donations that have made this wellness program possible, said Rocco Schiralli, President/CEO of Porter-Starke Services. The generosity of those in our community, specifically Good Hospitality Services, will go a long way in improving the health of our clients, said Schiralli.
The Porter-Starke program was also supported by funding from the United Way of Porter County and additional donations and aims to help clients personalize their fitness routine in a familiar environment.
Jeff Good, owner of Good Hospitality Services, is also a past member of the Porter-Starke Services Board of Directors.
Good Hospitality Services provides hotel management services to four ownership groups and over twenty hotels throughout the Midwest, Iowa and Florida. Porter-Starke Services provides behavioral healthcare services to Northwest Indiana."
*Article Courtesy of PortageLife.com*