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Spinoff zone: McKibbon Hospitality creates a new company

After 93 years in business, the Tampa-based hotel management firm steps outside its comfort zone.

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Erik Rowen has been named president of McKibbon Places, a company spun off from Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality. Courtesy photo.
Erik Rowen has been named president of McKibbon Places, a company spun off from Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality. Courtesy photo.
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Tampa-based hotel management firm McKibbon Hospitality has launched a spinoff company, McKibbon Places, that will be headquartered in Atlanta and specialize in third-party hotel development and renovation services.

It’s a big move for the venerable firm, which dates back to 1926. But officials with McKibbon say in a press release that the time was right to become more aggressive outside its traditional comfort zone.

“After years of developing our own hotels, we realized the opportunity to create a new kind of development company, one also focused on helping other hotel owners realize their unique vision,” Chairman John McKibbon states in the release.

Under the guidance of President Erik Rowen, a 16-year McKibbon veteran, McKibbon Places has already lined up several new-construction projects. The list includes the Hyatt House Tampa Airport Westshore, a six-floor, 145-room extended-stay hotel; and Hyatt House Orlando Airport, also a six-floor, extended-stay hotel with 156 rooms.

Renovation clients include the Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport, a Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites in Bonita Springs, and a Four Points by Sheraton in Huntsville, Ala.

Rowen, a registered architect, joined McKibbon in 2003 as a project manager and was later vice president of development. According to the release, he has managed more than 35 new-build projects for a variety of premier hotel brands.

“I’m beyond excited to launch McKibbon Places to help other owners and developers bring their visions to life through new construction and renovations,” he states in the release. “Our seasoned team is proud to play a vital role in new hotel development and renovation projects with decades of experience and dozens of projects under their belts while we continue to grow our reputation with our own development and renovation projects.”


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