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Powerman Coming to Ocala!

August 30, 2016

On December 11th 2016, Silver Springs State Park will have the privilege of hosting this amazing competition. This event is only one of three that will qualify for Powerman International. What exactly is the Powerman Competition and what does it consist of? As stated on their website, “Powerman North America was created to give runners, cyclists, triathletes and duathletes a first class duathlon racing experience.” It is a highly intensive competition that even pushes the best of athletes! They have hosted races for over 30 years in 19 different countries. What these incredible athletes will endure: 1.      10K Multi-loop Foot Race 2.      70K Bike Ride 3.      10K Multi-loop Foot Race What is the prize for competing in this race? Well, the fastest five women and five men, as well as five from each age of 14 age groups will have the opportunity to compete in Switzerland at the annual Powerman World Championship. How incredible is that? Oh, but that’s not it, there...

Ending the Progression of Poverty

May 11, 2016 Ending the Progression of Poverty

Our very own Azim Saju, Vice President and General Counsel for HDG Hotels was featured in an article for Home Business Magazine. He had the opportunity to share his thoughts on how we can change the cycle of poverty and how the franchise business model changed his family’s life for the good. Azim believes that the franchise business model is a way of living to your fullest potential. As you read in the article, it holds true that because of the Saju's perseverance, risk taking, hard work, and life lessons, Azim and his brother Navroz Saju, President and CEO of HDG Hotels would not be the leaders and business owners they are today. In the article Azim explains that it is the job of both the employers and the government to reduce poverty; however, there needs to be a balance of the two. If the employee has the opportunity to advance, the assistance programs must be willing to encourage the advancement instead of feeding contentment. Azim is always proactive in finding new...

Comfort Suites Soft Opening

January 14, 2016 Comfort Suites Soft Opening

January 12th 2016 was a day of celebration for HDG Hotels. We held our soft opening for our brand new Comfort Suites in Dunnellon, Florida.We were able to give tours of our beautiful location that is coming together perfectly. Our Comfort Suites is a 71 unit eco-friendly, all suites hotel. Why build a hotel in Dunnellon, Florida? Well, we have seen the charm it holds. We believe in helping other small businesses grow and what better way than to add a fantastic place for our travelers to rest their head at night? This hotel will create 91 jobs for those in the area. It will also increase the regional output by $11,400, and increase the earnings by an estimated $3,340,000. At the soft opening we had the privilege to have Mr. Steve Joyce, President and CEO of Choice Hotels not only attend but share his thoughts about our company and where we are going in the future. HDG also had the honor to have Mayor Whitt share his excitement about the opportunity that our Comfort Suites will...

HDG RETREAT

December 15, 2015 HDG RETREAT

​December 12th 2015 marks the first ever HDG retreat. This was a chance for all eleven hotels to join together for some friendly competition. We met midday to see who was going to walk away champion of HDG Hotels. Each hotel had to endure four different relay races. The races consisted of Hoola Hoop Worm Relay, Pipe Line Relay, Frisbee Relay, and Water Balloon Toss Relay. The winner of each race then battled in the finals to see who would triumph over all. Holiday Inn Express in Inverness took home the 1st place ribbon and trophy with enthusiasm and excitement. They walked in confident, and committed, and left a champion. Once we discovered the winner, we decided to have one more challenge before dinner. We played Tug O War. This event was competitive and fun. There were hotels teaming up to battle others out of pure joy, laughter, and the desire to win just one more time. After all the festivities were done, there was an opportunity to join together as a family to end the...

HDG Announces Development of Comfort Suites Dunnellon near Rainbow Springs State Park

November 23, 2015 HDG Announces Development of Comfort Suites Dunnellon near Rainbow Springs State Park

Ocala, FL - November 3, 2014: Hotel Development and Management Group (HDG Hotels) announced this week that it will be developing a 70 unit eco-friendly, all suites hotel in Dunnellon, Florida. In announcing the project, Navroz Saju, President and CEO citing an economic impact study done on the project, stated that, "the project will create 91 total jobs within the region, increase regional output by $11,382.04 and increase regional earnings by $3,342,188." Saju further stated that this type of economic impact cannot occur in smaller communities without the efforts of the City of Dunnellon, Marion County, the Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership and Tourism Development Council all of whom are instrumental partners in Marion County's continued development. The Comfort Suites will be green friendly and the green initiatives it will take will help reduce the hotel's carbon footprint. Saju stated that in an area and an economy that is so dependent on ecotourism and whose natural...

Leadership in the New Normal

November 23, 2015 Leadership in the New Normal

In a world that is increasingly connected (cell phones, email, texting, social media, twitter, etc.), leadership and relationships are the key ingredients to a successful organization. As we go into the new year, I believe that both are more important than ever in keeping your team engaged and motivated. There are a few common traits that successful leaders share which are applicable to our industry.These traits are:1. Strengths Based. If you can identify your team members' strengths and develop them in an area where they are able to showcase their strengths, this will allow you to keep your team happier, more productive and reduce turnover. For example, I have had housekeepers who were very reliable and had great character, but even after significant training, they were not able to timely clean their rooms. I discovered that often times the reason for this was that they were doing much more of a deep clean on their assigned rooms. As such, reassigning these same housekeepers to...

Built to Last

November 23, 2015 Built to Last

At HDG Hotels, our philosophy can be summed up by one word which is "sustainable". The word sustainable has taken on new meaning and importance as it relates to worldwide efforts to sustain our environment. We believe in sustainable as it relates to this concept. This belief has translated to our hotels in terms of an effective preventative maintenance program so that our equipment and machinery is running efficiently. We have also installed exterior LED lighting throughout most of our hotels and are now in the process of doing so in our hotels' interior lighting.This belief has also translated in our view towards our people, product and processes. We view each of these as long term investments in which we need to reasonably invest so that we can expect a return on investment which is sustainable. During our Holiday parties at our hotels, Navroz described these segments as buckets which need to be filled. If we do not fill the buckets of people, product and processes by making...

HDG HOTELS’ Consistent Execution on the Basics Pay Dividends

November 23, 2015 HDG HOTELS’ Consistent Execution on the Basics Pay Dividends

Ocala, September 25, 2013: HDG Hotels' philosophy of brilliance in the basics continues to pay dividends in the third quarter of 2013. Notably, the September 2013 issue of Hotel Management Magazine, which is the leading hospitality news authority since 1875, ranked HDG Hotels as among the 190 Top Hotel Management Companies in the entire Americas. In addition to this distinction, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites OcalaSilver Springs won its second consecutive "Torchbearer Award." The InterContinental Hotels Group bestows its prestigious "Torchbearer Award" to the top 2% percent of its Holiday Inn Express hotels in North America. HDG's other Holiday Inn property, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Inverness-Lecanto also won Inter-Continental Hotels Group's prestigious "Quality Excellence Award." The Award is given to the top 5% of Holiday Inn Express' in North America. Both IHG awards are the result of achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of hotel...

The DNA of a Successful Leader

November 23, 2015 The DNA of a Successful Leader

Over the past many years, I have had the privilege of knowing some great leaders who have been bold and visionary, starting with our own company's President, Navroz Saju. Through these leaders and through watching and reading about organizations that have been successful and sustainable, I have developed what I believe to be the DNA of a successful leader. In no particular order of importance, I believe them to be as set forth below.1. Resilience pays. Every organization that is ambitious will face their fair share of challenges regardless of the character, cash, plan and execution. As the saying goes, life happens and things do not always go as planned. This is when resilience really kicks in. Resilience allows the leader to keep fighting and survive while making adjustments and waiting for the tide to change. Winston Churchill's quote of "Never, never, never give up" epitomizes this.2. The ship can only have one captain, and that captain must be rich in character. Every...

HDG Hotels Partners’ Summit

November 23, 2015 HDG Hotels Partners’ Summit

Hernando, FL – On August 14, 2013, HDG Hotels hosted a Partners' Summit. The event was a tremendous success. The attendee list included representatives from Choice Hotels International, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Wyndham worldwide along with local area state congressional representatives and county commissioners.In his Keynote address, Navroz Saju, HDG President and CEO, discussed the Saju family's history in the U.S. and the history of HDG hotels through a series of several stories. Notably, in his speech Saju discussed HDG core values and the values needed for HDG to continue to thrive in the new normal.These values included:100% customer satisfaction guaranteeCreative and innovative marketingWin-win partnershipsConsistent brilliance in the basicsBeing a student in of the industrySustainability mattersMobile mediaRapid execution on merit based ideasOne degree improvement makes all the differenceHDG continues to be especially appreciative of its many partners and...