Joel Griffin, Principal

Joel Griffin is responsible for the overall performance of the company and all assets under management, including owned and third-party portfolio. A 28-year veteran of the industry, Joel has extensive financial, operational and development experience across a spectrum of full-service, resort, focused-service and extended stay assets including Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental, Wyndham, Choice and Radisson. Widely respected in the lodging industry for his leadership, hands-on approach and mentoring style, his associates continue to receive numerous awards and go on to fill top roles in today's leading franchise and hotel companies.
Prior to Griffin Stafford Hospitality, Joel invested 13 years with Strand Development Company serving as Vice President of Operations with financial responsibility and operational oversight of property assets, hotel development and management portfolio growth.  Previously, he held key leadership positions with Signature Hospitality, Krisch Hotels and Brock Hotel Corporation with increasing responsibilities in operations, finance and risk management. Over his career, Joel has deftly transformed many poor-performing assets, assisted non-performers in achieving franchisor compliance, transitioned properties to new flags, and developed highly profitable new hotels. 
Joel remains active in the hospitality industry and community affairs and was recently elected to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Board of Directors.  He is immediate past chair of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) focusing on government affairs and regulatory oversight; serves on the North Carolina Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Board, the Hilton Worldwide Owner Advisory Council for Hilton Garden Inn; and is a board member of the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau. A Charlotte native, Joel holds a political science degree from Houghton College. He was recently honored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association with the 2012 State Leadership award and 2014 Lodging Operator of the Year by NCRLA.
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Monday February 18, 2019