DALLAS/FRISCO, Texas & SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – November 6, 2017 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that Charles “Cee Jay” Jones Jr. has joined the company as association sales manager of JQH’s newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Texas, which is located north of Dallas near the $5 Billion Mile development. Jones will serve as the point of contact for large association events at the completely refreshed Frisco Conference Center, connected to the 330-suite, 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence hotel. With more than 25 years of experience in hospitality and travel sales, Jones most recently served as sales manager for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport South in Irving, Texas, where he was responsible for the Texas association/SMERF business. The upscale Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco is owned and operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States. JQH also operates more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

Jones will report to Mike Woodfin, hotel director of sales, and also work closely with Michèle Geller, who was recently promoted to director of convention services, catering and event sales.

“Cee Jay is a strong addition to JQH’s Dallas Frisco sales team,” Woodfin said. “His award-winning sales background with two top airlines is impressive. Plus, he brings hands-on experience building association business in the Dallas market with the Embassy Suites by Hilton brand and with other well-known hotel franchises.”

In addition to his time with the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport South, Jones served as senior sales manager with the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, where he was responsible for the Texas association/corporate business. His hospitality experience in Dallas also includes his role as sales manager for the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, where he was recognized for exceeding revenue sales goals. During his extensive career with American Airlines, including as global sales manager responsible for group and meeting travel, Jones was a recipient of the Global Sales STARS Award on multiple occasions. While with United Airlines, he concentrated on building convention business, leading to a Customer Satisfaction Team Award. Jones graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications. He is a member of the Texas Society Association Executives (TSAE) and the Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He has served on numerous meeting and convention industry boards and advisory councils. Jones is recipient of the 2005 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Founders Award, recognizing volunteerism. As an avid traveler, Jones has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and to numerous international destinations.

“I have found that JQH cultivates a very welcoming environment. It’s an exciting time in Frisco and that enthusiasm and warmth infuses the team culture,” Jones said. “The beautiful, refreshed Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco facilities and extensive attractions in Frisco have so much to offer our association customers. I look forward to collaborating to grow JQH’s Dallas Frisco property’s important role in burgeoning North Texas.”

About Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa

Located at 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive in Frisco, the newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Texas is adjacent to the Dr Pepper Ballpark and connected to the Frisco Conference Center, which also received a complete makeover. With 90,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, the updated facilities with modern fixtures offer the third-largest ballroom in Texas. The stylish hotel is less than a mile from the Ford Center at The Star and is also close to several major business headquarters, millions of square feet of shopping, and the $5 Billion Mile under development. Each spacious two-room hotel suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. The contemporary hotel features a fitness center and an indoor pool. PURE allergy-friendly rooms with air purification systems are also available. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium. Guests can also dine at Cyprus Grille for a casual, relaxed environment or stop by Caffeina’s Café for an American fare menu with a Texas twist. Guests can indulge in a massage or facial at the luxurious on-site Spa Botanica. For more information about the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa, go to www.embassysuitesfrisco.com, connect at www.facebook.com/embassysuitesbyhiltondallasfrisco, or call (972) 712-7200.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.