Former Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau Chairman of the Board to Lead Local Upscale Hotel

Sioux Falls, S.D. & Springfield, Mo. – June 16, 2016 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced Kraig Pomrenke is the new general manager of JQH’s owned and operated Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center in South Dakota. With extensive hospitality experience in Sioux Falls, Pomrenke assumes on-site management of the upscale hotel in the Midwestern United States from former general manager Becky Vealey, who recently was appointed as JQH’s regional director of sales. Springfield, Missouri-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 Kraig back on board at JQH, bringing with him his wealth of knowledge of JQH’s Sheraton Sioux Falls and the local area,” said Bob Niehaus, JQH’s regional vice president. “Kraig is an energetic leader that leverages his planning skills and creativity to deliver on JQH’s high standards.”

Pomrenke brings more than 34 years in the hospitality business, including eight years with JQH assignments in Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota spanning Sheraton Sioux Falls and Embassy Suites by Hilton branded properties. Most recently, he served as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Pomrenke’s career also includes roles with Spectra Food Services and Hospitality as director of business development/food services and hospitality in Florida and also as general manager of the Sioux Falls Convention Center. He also served as general manager of the Holiday Inn University Hotel in South Bend, Indiana, for IHG. Pomrenke graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor of Science in management. He also attended Virginia Tech School of Hotel & Restaurant Management. He is active in the community, including having served as Chairman of the Board for the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau and also for the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center Citizens Board.

“It’s great to be back in Sioux Falls and connecting with this thriving community,” Pomrenke said. “I’m looking forward to getting involved with helping to bring business to the area and to ensuring the continued delivery of the exceptional hospitality that JQH, Sheraton and the City of Sioux Falls are known for.”

About Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center

Located at 1211 N. West Avenue, the 243-room/suite Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center is near Elmwood Golf Course and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Guestrooms feature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Beds, 32-inch flat-screen televisions, oversized desks, microwaves and coffeemakers. A sampling of hotel amenities includes heated indoor pool and whirlpool, sundeck, exercise room and free airport shuttle. Several on-site dining options are available, including a grill restaurant, a lounge/bar and a Starbucks® coffee shop. Sheraton Club Rooms provide exclusive access to the hotel’s Sheraton Club Lounge, a common space to gather with others and to enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, WiFi and more. Free WiFi is also available in the business center. The hotel offers the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core® Performance, which features cardio and weight-training equipment, as well as space for floor exercises and stretching. In the lobby, the Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft® provides PC workstations, laptop docking, printing and wireless high speed internet access — all complimentary to guests.
If planning anything from a convention to a wedding, the hotel’s team of professionals can help tailor the ideal event. The hotel’s flexible, abundant meeting space is conveniently connected to the Sioux Falls Convention Center by an enclosed walkway and is also near the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The hotel’s modernized 97,400 square feet of meeting space — including ballrooms and exhibition space — can accommodate up to 6,000 people. For more information, call (605) 331-0100, go to, or connect with the hotel on Facebook.

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 for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.