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TODAYJul 19, 2019

Shelter pets find work (and homes) as hotel 'lobby dogs'

A foster dog program at the Aloft Asheville Downtown in North Carolina proved so popular that three other properties managed by McKibbon Hospitality have implemented programs as well.

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Business ObserverJul 19, 2019

Dogs have their day at chain of boutique hotels

Tampa-based hotel management firm McKibbon Hospitality has gone to the dogs — but it's for a good cause. To help spur adoptions, the company launched a “foster dog” program at the Aloft chain of boutique hotels it operates in Florida and the Carolinas.

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Business ObserverJul 18, 2019

Former billion-dollar banker named CFO of hotel management firm

Hotel development and management firm McKibbon Hospitality has welcomed Joe Taggart as its new CFO.

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Hospitality NetJul 17, 2019

Joe Taggart Appointed Chief Financial Officer At McKibbon Hospitality in Tampa

McKibbon Hospitality, an industry leader in hotel development, management and renovations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Taggart as its new Chief Financial Officer, starting in his new role July 15.

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Hotel BusinessJul 16, 2019

Execs on the Move: McKibbon, Outrigger, Interstate

McKibbon Hospitality has appointed Joe Taggart as its new CFO. Taggart joins the family-owned/operated hospitality company and will oversee all McKibbon entities, including real estate, hotel development, management, renovations and the McKibbon Family Investment Fund, managing the accounting, cash management, insurance, property and income tax, partnership-owned finance and audits.

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Hotel ManagementJul 16, 2019

McKibbon Hospitality appoints CFO

McKibbon Hospitality has appointed Joe Taggart chief financial officer. Taggart now manages the accounting, cash management, insurance, property and income tax, partnership-owned finance and audits for all McKibbon’s entities, including real estate, hotel development, management, renovations and the McKibbon Family Investment Fund.

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Tallahassee Democrat Jul 15, 2019

Foster dogs have their time to shine in Aloft hotel lobby

Community service is a major part of McKibbon Hospitality’s corporate culture. Leadership gives teams the freedom to undertake projects that will enhance the guest experience, lift employee enthusiasm and do good in the community. “The foster dog project is a perfect example of how these factors converge,” says Randy Hassen, President of McKibbon Hospitality.

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Hotel ManagementJul 01, 2019

McKibbon Hospitality’s Randy Hassen embodies industry’s opportunities

Randy Hassen hadn’t even graduated from the University of Georgia when, in 1991, he decided working as a part-time houseman at a Days Inn in Athens, Ga., for McKibbon Hospitality was a good idea—and probably one of the smartest moves he ever made. In fact, taking that minimum-wage job put him on a career path that brought him to where he is today: president of the hotel-management division at McKibbon Hospitality.

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Hotel OnlineJun 27, 2019

McKibbon Hospitality Appoints Two Executives to Aloft Tallahassee Downtown Management Team

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, located in the heart of the state’s capital, recently appointed a new general manager and operations manager.

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Business ObserverJun 03, 2019

Tampa hotel company mirrors larger Marriott in experience, values

With its roots in hospitality beginning outside of hotels, familial ownership, a business model and culture that embeds service, Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality shares many traits and experiences with another well-known lodging operator: Marriott.

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Carolina Epicurean May 23, 2019

Aloft Asheville Downtown Awarded Marriott International’s 2019 Alice S. Marriott Award

The Alice S. Marriott “Spirit to Serve” Award was recently presented to McKibbon Hospitality’s Aloft Asheville Downtown. The award was initially created to honor the late Marriott Co-Founder Alice S. Marriott—mother of Executive Chairman/Chairman of the Board, Bill Marriott. Those who have been presented with this award exemplify Alice’s philosophy, “By generously giving our time, energy and resources, we enrich the lives of others.”

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ThrillistMay 14, 2019

All the Best Rooftop Bars in Atlanta

Folks here may call anything a rooftop if it’ll get you to spend money on an outdoor cocktail, but our guide will direct you to only the top tier of the city's elevated establishments for food, drinks, and glorious views of ATL's natural beauty.

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TravelPulseMay 14, 2019

John McKibbon honored by Visit Tampa Bay

John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, was named the 2019 Gonzmart Family Tourism Ambassador of the Year by Visit Tampa Bay during a luncheon ceremony at the Tampa Hilton Downtown on Tuesday. The event kicked off National Tourism Week.

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Hospitality NetApr 09, 2019

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Expand Presence in North Carolina, Announces Hotel Arras in Downtown Asheville

"It's an honor to have been trusted to transform this historic landmark into a modern destination," says hotelier John McKibbon. "And to be able to do it under the unique Kimpton umbrella makes this project even more notable. As the pioneers of the US boutique hotel space, Kimpton's been on our radar as a partner for quite some time. We're thrilled to be joining their portfolio of best-in-class hotels."

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ForbesApr 04, 2019

Asheville's Appalachian Spring: 30 New And Iconic Mountain Experiences

Asheville’s tallest building is transformed into the 128-room, four-star luxury property Hotel Arras. Get hike-ready accommodations with AC Hotel’s “Trail Blazer” package, complete with a picnic basket of hiking essentials, a personalized trail map and $50 credit toward dinner at the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant, Capella on 9.

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