Our Company

"When I joined the company in 2001 it was made very clear to me by Jay that our goal was to be a great hotel company, not just a big hotel company. Since that time the entire team, top to bottom, has used greatness as the benchmark by which we judge ourselves. It is as simple as that."

-Whip M. Triplett, Executive Vice President




Philosophy

The North Point Hospitality Group Philosophy is simple. The organization seeks to grow through developing and acquiring upscale, brand defining, focused service hotels in high barriers to entry markets with top-tier franchise partners such as Hilton and Marriott.

Our growth strategy for success is simple: be in the best markets with the best brands at the best locations. Operationally, our success comes from our belief of taking great care of our associates, who in turn will take great care of our guests.


Mission

The Mission of North Point Hospitality Group is as clear and concise today as it was when our company was founded in 1978. Our mission is to reward our stakeholders, our guests, our investors, our associates, our brand partners and those who have entrusted us with the oversight of their assets, through a measured and balanced approach to growth and a commitment to the culture of superior service.


Vision

The Vision of North Point Hospitality Group is that our company continues to be recognized as an award winning owner, developer and manager of brand defining hotels in key business markets and leisure destinations. That through a continued divestiture of leisure products, our measured and balanced approach to growth will yield resources that are reinvested in the company for the benefit of our stakeholders. That our guest experience, our culture of superior service and that our associates, at all levels, are provided the leadership, training and autonomy needed to create that culture regardless of hotel location or brand affiliation.

Leadership


JK & Jay Patel

JK Patel, Founder and
S. Jay Patel, President & CEO

JK Patel Photo

At the age of 38, JK Patel immigrated to the United States in 1978 from Kisumu, Kenya with his wife and two young children. In Kenya, Mr. Patel had worked with Barclays Bank where he served as Senior Loan Officer. That strong financial background served him well when he bought his first hotel in Aiken, South Carolina in 1979, a full service Ramada Inn. Since then, Mr. Patel has developed, owned and operated more than thirty hotels throughout the Southeast. Today, Mr. Patel still enjoys an active role in the day to day operations of the company.

In 1996, JK Patel had the distinct honor of serving as chairman of the Asian American Hotels Owner's Association (AAHOA), an organization that currently boasts a membership of more than 8,000.

JK Patel currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Geeta. He enjoys traveling and being a grandfather to his four grandchildren.

Jay Patel Photo

As president and CEO, Mr. Patel is responsible for the overall direction and guidance of the company. Mr. Patel is also personally involved in all strategic growth decisions related to site selection and brand options in potential markets. His relationships with franchisors and lenders pave the way for future hotel developments.

Mr. Patel joined North Point in 1991 after graduating from Winthrop University with a B.S. degree in Marketing. Since that time, the company has developed from ground up 35 hotels with a total project cost of over $404,000,000.

Understanding the link between business and community, Mr. Patel was instrumental in forming the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and served as the first Chairman of the Board of that Organization. He remains on the board today as well as serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.



Whip Triplett Photo Executive Vice President
Whip Triplett

Whip Morrison Triplett serves as Executive Vice President for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company...


Joe Bynum Photo Vice President & General Counsel
Joe Bynum

Joe Bynum serves as Vice-President and General Counsel for North Point Hospitality Group. As General Counsel Mr. Bynum has responsibility for legal...


Steve Mikulenka Photo Vice President of Finance
Steve Mikulenka

As Vice President of Finance, Steve Mikulenka ensures the accurate and timely financial reporting for all entities in the North Point Hospitality Group portfolio...


SEd Stelling Photo Corporate Counsel
Ed Stelling

Ed Stelling joined North Point Hospitality Group in January 2013 and serves as Corporate Counsel for the Company. In that role, Mr. Stelling has responsibility...


John Hicks Photo Vice President of Development
John Hicks

John Hicks serves as Vice President of Development for North Point Hospitality Group. He is an accomplished real estate development...


Gina Peper Photo Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Gina Peper

Gina Peper serves as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company in December 2001. Gina is responsible...


Michael Sturgis Photo Director of Revenue  Management
Michael Sturgis

When Michael Sturgis joined the North Point Hospitality team in January of 2002, his initial duty, like everyone else, was to roll up his sleeves and assist in any...


Betty Brady Photo Director of Human Resources
Betty Brady

Betty Brady joined North Point Hospitality Group as the Director of Human Resources in June 2005. Ms. Brady earned her Bachelor of Science Degree...


La Toya Holmes Photo Regional Controller
La Toya Holmes

La Toya Holmes serves as a Regional Controller for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company in August 2010. Ms. Holmes brings with her over...


Betty Brady Photo Accounts Payable Manager
Rebekah Juday

Rebekah Juday serves as the Accounts Payable Manager for North Point Hospitality Group . Ms. Juday originally started working at a North Point owned...

Executive Vice President
Whip Triplett

Whip Morrison Triplett serves as Executive Vice President for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company in August 2001. In that capacity, Mr. Triplett oversees the daily operation of the company, which includes hotel operations for all North Point owned and managed hotels, construction of current projects and due diligence of potential hotel development opportunities.

A 1992 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mr. Triplett has more than 28 years of hospitality experience. With a commitment to community, he has served as the 2006 Chairman of the Savannah Convention and Visitor's Bureau and as the 2011 Chairman of the Savannah Tourism Leadership Council. Additionally, he currently holds a position on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Auburn University School of Hotel & Restaurant Management Advisory Board.

Mr. Triplett prefers to spend his free time with his wife Stephanie and their two children; his son Tristan and daughter Brooks.

Vice President & General Counsel
Joe Bynum

Joe Bynum serves as Vice-President and General Counsel for North Point Hospitality Group. As General Counsel Mr. Bynum has responsibility for legal matters associated with contract negotiation, zoning and permit issues and the closing of site acquisitions and development financing, as well as legal issues associated with the management of the Company's hotel operations. He represented North Point at the time of its organization in 1996 and joined the Company on a full-time basis in 2007.

Mr. Bynum is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering and took his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He enjoys his free time with his wife Cheryl, three sons and his seven grandchildren.

Vice President of Finance
Steve Mikulenka

As Vice President of Finance, Steve Mikulenka ensures the accurate and timely financial reporting for all entities in the North Point Hospitality Group portfolio in accordance with the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, which is published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Steve also works closely with buyer representatives regarding the confirmation of property purchase and sale agreement allocation schedules. Before joining North Point Hospitality Group in 2001, Steve Mikulenka was the controller for Chateau Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia. Prior to that, he worked for Interstate Hotels & Resorts at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club and also for Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, both in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Before this, Steve was the Internal Audit Manager for Destination Hotels & Resorts. Earlier in his career, he held controllerships with Capitol Hotel Group at various properties.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in 1987 prior to joining the I.T.T. Sheraton Corporation at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Corporate Counsel
Ed Stelling

Ed Stelling joined North Point Hospitality Group in January 2013 and serves as Corporate Counsel for the Company. In that role, Mr. Stelling has responsibility for legal matters associated with site acquisition and development, contract negotiations, and legal issues related to the management of the Company and the Company’s operation of hotels.

Mr. Stelling graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before returning to the University to earn his Juris Doctor degree. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Ginny and their two beagles, Harry and Maddy.

Vice President of Development
John Hicks

John Hicks serves as Vice President of Development for North Point Hospitality Group. He is an accomplished real estate development and construction management professional with a proven track record and over 21 years experience in the industry. He has managed multiple small and large scale office/hospitality/resort "ground up" and renovation projects, as well as large scale land development projects.

Mr. Hicks is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Masters of Business Administration from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also served in the United States Navy.

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Gina Peper

Gina Peper serves as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company in December 2001. Gina is responsible for the overall Sales & Marketing efforts for all North Point owned and managed hotels, as well as the pre-sales efforts for hotels under construction.

A graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, Gina has more than 15 years of hospitality experience. Gina is in the 2013–2014 Leadership Savannah class and is an active member of the Savannah Tourism Leadership Council, the Convention & Visitors Bureaus in Savannah, Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA and GA Meeting Planners International.

Gina currently lives in Savannah and in her free time enjoys spending time with her husband Wes and three young children, Caroline, Kailey and Jacob.

Director of Revenue Management
Michael Sturgis

When Michael Sturgis joined the North Point Hospitality team in January of 2002, his initial duty, like everyone else, was to roll up his sleeves and assist in any way needed during the final crazy weeks leading up to the grand opening of NPHG's first Savannah property (the then Radisson Hotel). Once that project was completed, Michael served as the Night Audit Manager for a year, and was then given the opportunity to take over as Controller for the (then rebranded) DoubleTree Hotel and the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn. Thanks to NPHG's tradition of promoting from within, he was soon introduced to the opportunities available in the field of Revenue Management.

As the company continued to grow, adding three more properties in Savannah and a hotel in Nashville, Michael specialized his contribution to the company's expansion by focusing more on his Revenue Management role for all NPHG hotels, including our three properties in Alpharetta. This past decade with North Point Hospitality has provided its fair share of character building challenges (learning to juggle the responsibilities of overseeing up to nine properties) and life changing rewards (Michael met his wife when she joined the company five years ago, and they recently celebrated the birth of a beautiful daughter). With one foot in Accounting and the other in Revenue Management, Michael is our "numbers guy" who fortunately we pay to do what he loves.

Director of Human Resources
Betty Brady

Betty Brady joined North Point Hospitality Group as the Director of Human Resources in June 2005. Ms. Brady brings with her over 15 years of Human Resource experience. Prior to North Point Hospitality Group, Ms. Brady worked as Benefits Administrator and Safety Director for Findlay Industries located in Johnstown, Ohio and for the Flexible Corporation in Delaware, Ohio. Ms. Brady earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration majoring in Human Resources from DeVry University. She is also an active member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).

Ms. Brady has one loving son, Joshua, who obtained his college degree in Drafting Design and now working as an engineer.

Regional Controller
La Toya Holmes

La Toya Holmes serves as a Regional Controller for North Point Hospitality Group and joined the company in August 2010. Ms. Holmes brings with her over 12 years of hospitality experience. La Toya earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Lincoln University in 1995. Prior to North Point Hospitality Group, La Toya worked as an Accountant for Hospitality Ventures, located in Atlanta, Georgia. La Toya also held positions as an Accounting Manager, Credit Manager and Senior Accountant for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Amerimar Enterprises and Lodgian, Inc.

La Toya enjoys spending quality time with her son, Keith and volunteering as "Team Mom" in his sport activities.

Accounts Payable Manager
Rebekah Juday

Rebekah Juday serves as the Accounts Payable Manager for North Point Hospitality Group . Ms. Juday originally started working at a North Point owned and managed hotel as a Human Resources and Accounting Manager in October 2012 before moving to her current position at the corporate office. She collectively has 5 years of hospitality experience with both Hilton and Loews hotel brands. Rebekah is earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business - Human Resource Management at Western Governors University and will be graduating at the end of 2015.

In her spare time, Rebekah enjoys spending her time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.