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Nov. 14 - LBA Hospitality Announces Bob Barnes as General Manager in Savannah

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 14, 2017 - As a Certified Hotel Administrator with over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Bob Barnes brings extensive expertise and insight to the Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District as general manager.  

Prior to moving to Savannah, Barnes held management positions at a handful of respected hotels across the country, including numerous properties undergoing million dollar renovations. Most notably, from 2008 to 2014, Barnes served as the general manager at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaufort, SC when the hotel received the IHG Quality Excellence Award in 2010, IHG Torch Bearer Award in 2011 and Quality Excellence Award in 2012.
Barnes also served each community on multiple boards across the Southeast. Highlights include: commissioner for the Santee Cooper Promotions Commission, appointed by the governor of South Carolina; board member for the Chamber Visitor Bureau in Beaufort, S.C. and Director of Tourism for the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce. As a part of his continued education initiative, Barnes also acted as a director on the IHG General Manager’s Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015, following his hospitality training at Cornell University in 1993.  Barnes also has earned his Certified Hotel Administrator credential.
“I am beyond thankful to be back in the Low country working with such a great team at the Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District”, said general manager Bob Barnes. “The true Southern culture here is not only warm and inviting, but also contagious. I look forward to welcoming visitors and locals alike with open arms in the heart of this beautiful city.” 
In his new role, Barnes will oversee daily operations, budgets, new hires and business practices for the Savannah location. Working alongside the established LBA team, Barnes will consult with executives to ensure continued growth and success through strategic business processes. 
“Bob Barnes is an incredible asset to our property in Savannah,” said LBA Hospitality president Beau Benton. “Beyond his impressive resume, Barnes’ charisma, passion for people, servant leadership and associate-focused development make him invaluable. I know he will continue to make the Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District flourish.” 


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