SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Dec. 18, 2012 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts today announced Tony Moody’s appointment to regional vice president, responsible for overseeing operations of 16 hotels in six states in the Midwest and South. The 27-year hospitality veteran most recently served as general manager of John Q. Hammons’ La Vista Complex in Nebraska, near Omaha, boasting 503 guest rooms/suites, 82,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, and more than 250 associates. Moody will report to Joe Morrissey, senior vice president of operations for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ national portfolio of 78 hotels in 24 states. Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.
“Achieving the accomplishment of #1 Embassy Suites Hotel in the world is no small feat. Tony confidently led his team in securing that honor at the La Vista Complex for the last three years,” Morrissey said. “With Tony’s appointment to regional vice president, we are unlocking his vast potential to maximize team performance across a broader franchise and geographic footprint.”
Moody’s expanded responsibilities include product quality, operations efficiencies, financial performance and talent management on behalf of select John Q. Hammons’ Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, and Sheraton branded properties in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee.
Over his 18 years with John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Moody successfully opened five hotels and one conference center in Arkansas and Nebraska. He is active in the communities in which he serves. A sampling of his accolades and community involvement includes:
- Nebraska Tourism Commissioner 2012-2016 (Governor’s appointment)
- Chairman of the board, Special Olympics USA
- President, Nebraska Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board of Directors
- Corporate Achievers, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Nebraska Restaurant Association, Hotelier of the Year
“Mr. Hammons’ example continues to be a regular source of inspiration to me, and I look forward to my expanded role within the organization to deliver on his legacy of excellence on a larger scale,” Moody said.
About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Embassy Suites Hotels; Hampton Inn & Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Marriott; Plaza Hotels Collection; Radisson; Renaissance; Residence Inn by Marriott; and Sheraton. With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.
Des Moines Vice President
Jim Hanson Jr. is past President of Downtown Omaha Rotary Club. He is currently one of five members on the Dealer Advisory Board (DAB) for Samsung USA. Jim Jr. was appointed to the board of Workforce Development by Mayor Mike Fahey in 2003 and was involved in the restructure to the now Heartland Workforce Solutions for which he is past Chair and on the Executive Board. Jim is on the Mid America Council Boy Scout board. Jim is also the on the Executive board and Special Projects Director of “The First Responders Foundation Board” and was part of the team that started Supportblue and the 9/11 “Minute of Silence”. Jim and his wife Rose are also contributors and volunteers for the Nebraska Humane Society. Activities in the past include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, Junior Achievement volunteer and Past Distinguished and Outstanding President for Mid-City Optimist club.
InTouch Communications was founded in 1996 by Jim Jr., with the focus on providing our customers with long distance alternatives. The company was founded with three employees. As our solutions offerings increased, so has our staff. InTouch now has ten employees and is currently the leading Telecommunication Solution Provider (TSP) in the Midwest. inTouch is the largest Samsung dealer in 7 states and has won the excellence award from Samsung for the past 4 years.
Jim has been married to Rose for 19 years and has 4 children (Liz (37), Jon (34), Ryan (25) and Grant (22) and one grandchild Aidan (12).
Jim and Rose like to travel. Jim and Rose are members at Oak Hills where Jim likes to golf and Rose likes to sit pool side.
Regional Chapter Liaison
For 30 years, Mr. Hames has developed a strong reputation as a key community leader and volunteer in the Omaha area. Mr. Hames has spent hundreds of hours each year representing the annual College World Series (CWS), held in Omaha. He serves as ticket chairman, deals with the media, and works with the teams, the NCAA, and the general public to help make the CWS a fan-friendly event. He has networked with several other community leaders, allowing him to provide donated tickets to many youth groups around the Omaha area.
Mr. Hames is involved in many organizations in the Omaha area; Omaha Estate Planning Council, Omaha Street School and CWS Board.
Pam Wiese-Bundy is the VP of Marketing and PR for the Nebraska Humane Society. She and husband Jeff live with several canines and enjoy all things dog!
Mr. Brueckner graduated summa cum laude from Bellevue University with a B.S. in Business … as well as minors in Computer Information Systems, Organizational Communications, and Communication Arts. He is a 2015 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and he is an active member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.
Prior to becoming a member of the Omaha FBI CAAA Board of Trustees, he served as President of the (ISC)2 Omaha-Lincoln Chapter (International Information System Security Certification Consortium). He has also served Vice President of Exchange Club of Omaha, a service organization dedicated to Americanism, community service, and youth programs with a focus on the prevention of child abuse. Similarly, he has volunteered for Safe and Secure Online, educating children, teachers, parents, and the elderly about technology-related dangers … and WATCH D.O.G.S., a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety.
Chris is the morning host on Star 104.5, joining the staff in 2012. A native Mainer, he has been in radio since the late 80’s with stops around New England, Albuquerque, the Four Corners, and Minnesota. Chris is a docent with the SAC Museum in Ashland, sits on the Nebraska MS Society Leadership Council, and can be found emceeing many charity events around Omaha. He was the director of the 2010 Great Minnesota Air Show and 2013 St. Cloud Air Show, and has been a Big Brother, Boys & Girls Club Coach, and a Jaycee. Chris can also be heard as PA announcer for the Omaha Storm Chasers.
He’s been in the insurance & risk management field for 30+ years, spending 16 of those years with Peter Kiewit Sons’ as Director of Risk Management. Following a short-lived retirement, he was the owner of a private risk management consulting service. He joined SilverStone in 2009.
FBI – Community Outreach Specialist