Missouri Native and MSU Graduate to Oversee Two JQH Hotels in Downtown Springfield

Springfield, Mo. – June 9, 2016 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that Missouri-native Brent Parker has been appointed general manager of the company’s University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center located in the heart of the Springfield Arts District downtown. With 24 years of professional hospitality experience, including with JQH assignments in Illinois and Iowa, Parker will also oversee the company’s Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Springfield adjacent to Hammons Field. Last year, both properties earned the TripAdvisor special Hall of Fame status for achieving a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for five consecutive years. Springfield-based JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

“We are so pleased to have Brent back at JQH and home in Missouri with so many of his family and friends,” said John Pasley, JQH’s regional vice president. “Brent’s extensive experience with upscale, full-service properties and his proven track record for inspiring hotel teams to get involved in the community are ideal for this Springfield-based management opportunity.”

Parker, a graduate of Missouri State University’s Hospitality & Restaurant Administration program, most recently served as general manager of the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel in Iowa. Prior, he was assistant general manager of JQH’s Bloomington − Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Illinois. His career also includes serving as director of food and beverage and director of event management for the St. Louis Airport Marriott in Missouri. Parker is active in the hospitality community, including serving on the Board of Directors of GO Cedar Rapids (formerly Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau) and the Iowa Lodging Association.

“I’m humbled to be entrusted with management of two high-profile properties within the JQH portfolio,” Parker said. “I also find it inspirational to know that University Plaza Hotel was a favorite of Mr. Hammons, as it is known locally that he visited the property’s Terrace Grille for lunch practically daily when not closing hotel deals around the country. I feel so honored to help ensure that his high standards are maintained to the fullest.”

About University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

Located in the Springfield Arts District at 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, the 267-room/suite University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center features a 1,100-square-foot day spa on the main floor, delicious dining at the Terrace Grille overseen by Chef John Luchtel, and a relaxing atmosphere at the Terrace Lounge. Guests can enjoy complimentary high-speed internet access and a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet. The hotel’s new Q-Street Perk Coffee Shop serves Starbucks Coffee to enjoy on site or on the go. Combined with the Springfield Expo Center, the upscale facilities represent 150,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space. For more information about the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, click here, go to Facebook, or call 417-864-7333.

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.