WHO WE ARE
Our core team is made up of eight dedicated and driven real estate professionals. With deep ties to the local community and a vested interest in its sustained prosperity, we’re proud to call The Upstate our home.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Andrew has over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality industry, serving in development, general management, and corporate headquarters positions. Before launching Southern Hospitality Group, he led the opening of 14 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and headed a corporate initiative to improve hotel revenues and profitability. In 2020, Andrew was recognized as Upstate South Carolina’s Hotelier of the Year awarded by the Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Civic involvement is a tremendously important part in Andrew’s life – he has served in leadership positions in local organizations including the Greenville Hospital Foundation, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and the Greenville County Research & Technological Development Corporation. A co-founder of Southern First Bank, he currently serves as the bank’s Audit Committee Chair. Andrew is continually inspired by the positive impact Southern Hospitality Group’s projects have on the communities they serve.
John has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality industry. Prior to joining Southern Hospitality Group, he held positions with Winegardner, Hammons Management Company, and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he was internally recruited to oversee a new Hyatt restaurant concept. His primary role within Southern Hospitality Group is focused on hotel operations, sales, and marketing.
John currently serves as the vice president of the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce and has previously served on the accommodation tax board for both the city and county of Greenville. His commitment to hospitality is evidenced in his role as an educator, teaching classes on customer service and housekeeping at Columbus State Community College and countless other community organizations.