Harry George Spirides
Harry George Spirides was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1968. He grew up in a closely knit traditional family setting with his father George, mother Frances, and sister Jeannie while living on Tybee Island (Savannah Beach), Georgia. Harry began working in his family's hotel and restaurant business at an early age and continued working in hospitality operations for more than 30 years.
Harry Spirides is a third generation hotelier. Members of his family have owned and operated hotels and restaurants for over 90 years--since the 1920s. He is a former owner and operator of a 205 room full service beach resort hotel for 20 years. He rose up through the ranks of his family's hotel company from restaurant dishwasher to Chief Executive Officer. During his 20 year tenure holding the position of hotel owner and Chief Executive Officer he employed hundreds of people and led his company through all phases of a hotel company's lifecycle, from creation to disposition, and successfully navigated through many financial, legal, economic, public relations, and operations significant events. He served for decades as a member of boards of directors of organizations focused on tourism destination marketing, convention centers, and economic development. He was also appointed by elected officials to serve on state and local government authorities and committees.
As a hotel real estate and finance advisor he enjoys assisting hotel owners and prospective owners because he has "walked a thousand miles in the shoes of hotel owners." He specializes in the financing of hotel acquisitions, construction, renovations, and debt refinancing. Ask him to arrange financing for your next capital project. He is also a real estate license holder. By seeking out and introducing prospective buyers he assists hotel owners with the sale of their hotels which is the ultimate hotel financial liquidity event.
Harry Spirides is a military veteran and former commissioned officer. He served 3 years active duty and 8 years reserve duty as a federal law enforcement officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He received a honorable discharge from military service in 2008.
He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He also has been awarded an Advanced Certification in Real Estate and Hotel Investment from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York.
He is an avid reader of and author of history books. Harry Spirides has volunteered a lot of his time throughout his life participating in various different community service organizations. He enjoys spending his free time with his family outdoors, preferably on a boat.