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Orlando Sentinel - Joint Employer Standard Could Hurt Small Businesses

December 15, 2015 Orlando Sentinel - Joint Employer Standard Could Hurt Small Businesses

Dec. 5, 2015Guest Column by Azim SajuI recently traveled to Washington to discuss a development that would result in a dramatically negative impact to the small-businesses community throughout Florida. The National Labor Relations Board just ruled in a landmark case that a company is now considered a "joint employer" when it uses specialized services and administers any level of indirect control over contracted employees.In other words, if my company — HDG Hotels in North Central Florida — hires a custodial service to clean our facility, or security guards to safeguard our business after-hours, HDG could now be held liable for the vendor's labor practices. A new piece of legislation, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, would reverse this harmful decision and help small business owners like me keep growing and creating jobs.HDG Hotels is a family owned and locally run business with 12 hotels in North Central Florida and about 300 of its own employees. We work hard to...

Ocala Star Banner - Development Group HDG Undergoing Flurry of Expansion

December 15, 2015 Ocala Star Banner - Development Group HDG Undergoing Flurry of Expansion

​By Richard AnguianoBusiness editorPublished: Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 6:30 a.m.Last Modified: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:13 p.m.It’s an especially busy time for Hotel Development & Management Group.The Marion County company has begun construction on Comfort Suites Dunnellon, a 71-suite hotel slated for a Dec. 1 opening.The firm also known as HDG Hotels bought two hotels this month: the Comfort Inn at Stetson University in DeLand on July 1, as well as the Holiday Inn Express in Tavares on Wednesday.If that weren’t enough, the company is renovating the Howard Johnson Inn on Northwest Blitchton Road that marked the Saju family’s entry into the hotel business in 1981.“Between the projects we’re doing, we’re very confident we’re going to create well over 100 jobs within the community,” said Azim Saju, HDG vice president and general counsel.Comfort Suites Dunnellon is being built to cater to “out-of-town ecotourism enthusiasts” drawn to the Dunnellon/Rainbow...

HDG Hotels in Southern Travel & Lifestyles Magazine

May 15, 2015 HDG Hotels in Southern Travel & Lifestyles Magazine

Southern Travel & Lifestyle MagazineJuly, 2013A premier leisure travel magazine in the southeast, Southern Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, featured a 2-page spread on HDG Hotels.  Read the article here or a synopsis below.HDG Hotels in Southern Travel & Lifestyle MagazineOcala, FL., July, 2013 — Starting on the 1st of July and running for the next 3 months, HDG Hotels will be featured in Southern Travel & Lifestyle Magazine.  The 2-page spread features a 0ne page write-up on how that Saju family came to enter the hospitality industry, what values and practices led them to create HDG Hotels, and the momentum that has driven them to grow the company from one Howard Johnson Inn a decade ago to nine hotels which now span Florida’s Space Coast all the way to the Gulf Coast.  The second page of the spread shows the individual hotels and what amenities they offer.   To find out more, please visit the article by click here.

Azim Saju in Franchising World Magazine

May 15, 2015 Azim Saju in Franchising World Magazine

Franchising World MagazineApril, 2013Azim Saju of HDG Hotels provides valuable insights on financing your business venture.  Read the Article HereAzim Saju, principle of HDG Hotels and president of the Choice Hotels Owners Council, in Franchising World MagazineOcala, FL., April, 2013  — Azim Saju, one of two brothers who founded Ocala-based HDG Hotels, was recently invited to write an article on franchise financing and lending for the well-known business magazine Franchising World.  His article, “Obtaining Financing so You Can Advance Your Growth Strategy,” outlines eight tips for how to best gain the financing that you need to pursue your business venture.  These tips include:Considering if you should pursue a Franchise Vs. a Non-Franchise business modelGathering your businesses financial history including all statements and appraisalsPutting together a coherent plan outlining the use of the monies to be lentMaintaining character and credibility through honest...

HDG Hotels finishes year with a bang… Here we grow AGAIN!!!!

May 15, 2015 HDG Hotels finishes year with a bang… Here we grow AGAIN!!!!

Ocala, FL – November 20, 2012 – HDG hotels has added yet another hotel to its portfolio which is now at 9 hotels and in excess of 800 hotel rooms.  Just last month, HDG hotels added the 150 room Quality Inn and Conference Center in New Port Richey, Florida.  This time HDG hotels in partnership with the Florida Business Investment Group (FBIG) based out of Orlando purchased the Citrus Hills Lodge in Hernando, Florida.  The Lodge will be reflagged to the Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills.  The fifty unit hotel also offers over 3,000 square feet worth of meeting/banquet facilities.When asked about this newest addition to the HDG portfolio, HDG President, Navroz Saju spoke of the “tremendous personnel and procedures HDG has developed which has allowed it to expand.” Saju further spoke of the tremendous culture at HDG which allows it to continue to operate hotels that are award winning and significantly outperform their competitive set.  Saju further spoke of his...

Azim Saju elected as Choice Hotels Owners’ Council Chairperson for 2013

May 15, 2015 Azim Saju elected as Choice Hotels Owners’ Council Chairperson for 2013

November 7, 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Azim Saju was elected as the Chairperson for the Choice Hotels Owners’ Council for 2013. His election platform focused on developing a win-win relationship with all of the organization’s stakeholders; focusing on those issues which can be more readily achieved to provide an immediate return to the organization’s stakeholders; fully leveraging off of the organization’s resources; and continuing to engage with the licensee base while being transparent with the organization’s stakeholders. Saju said he is, “passionate about the hotel business and leadership… and that he is excited about bringing this passion to the owners’ council.” He further said that, “he is looking forward to serve as the owners’ council’s chairperson for 2013.”Saju is vice president and general counsel of HDG hotels which is based out of Ocala, Florida. Saju and his brother, Navroz Saju, are the founding members of HDG hotels, which owns...

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs Wins IHG 2012 Torchbearer Award

May 15, 2015 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs Wins IHG 2012 Torchbearer Award

ATLANTA (Oct. 24, 2012) – The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2012 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.The Torchbearer Award was presented during the 2012 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 24–26, 2012.The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs is one of only 102 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 4,500 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation — from quality to customer satisfaction. A 2012 Torchbearer trophy, the company’s symbol of excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.“It is my pleasure to name the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry,” said Kirk Kinsell, President, the Americas, IHG. “This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG...

HDG Hotels Grows Again – Our Newest Hotel

May 15, 2015

OCALA, FL, OCTOBER 8, 2012: Navroz Saju, President and CEO of HDG Hotels, announced the newest acquisition to the HDG family on October 1, 2012. This addition is the 151 room Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center in New Port Richey, Florida. Based out of Ocala, Florida, HDG’s newest addition grows its portfolio to 760 hotel rooms throughout Florida and would be HDG’s first hotel on Florida’s west coast. In making this announcement, Navroz Saju pointed to HDG’s remarkable growth over a ten year period where it has increased its total hotels from one to eight and increased its employees from 15 to nearly 300.The Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center is a full service hotel with a restaurant, bar and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. It also includes three swimming pools and is nearby to Tampa and Tarpon Springs. The hotel is located on U.S. 19 and also nearby to many local area attractions and restaurants.When asked of HDG’s continued growth in spite of the challenging...