CAPE TOWN, South Africa. – PMR Hospitality Partners, an award-winning hotel development, project management and full-service Management Company, is proud to announce Graham Wood as a new partner.
Wood brings 21 years of experience as a respected former Hotel CEO and a highly recognized advisor to the African Hotel Industry to join Tony Romer-Lee, Michael Pownall and Euan McGlashan as PMR Hospitality’s 4th partner to complement the array of hotel operational and asset management services that PMR provides to owners and clients across the African continent.
The company is headquartered in Cape Town and Durban, where Wood will continue to be based.
Driven by pioneering world-class guest experience, foundational employee culture & engagement all wrapped in commerciality, leading to strong owner returns, PMR Hospitality Partners and sister company Valor Hospitality Partners manage 40+ hotels on 3 continents with another 10 properties in the pipeline. PMR and Valor share senior executive staff across the countries as well as their global strategic thinking, systems, procedures, relationships, networks and intellectual capital.
PMR partner Euan McGlashan noted, “We have known Graham for many years and since forming our company four years ago, we have stayed very closely linked, looking at various opportunities together as well as mutually exclusively working on numerous leads. Through these interactions we all soon realized that joining forces made perfect sense and in a business where multiple management companies exist yet none with our full service strength, professionalism and abilities, merging was a massive win – win for both parties.”
Wood, added, “We have all been involved in the hospitality industry in multiple roles and with every responsibility imaginable. Through our unique, combined experiences, we have literally become experts in every facet of this highly specialized and incredibly tough business, especially with the advent of new technological and social media / OTA platforms over the years, as well as competing against a litany of companies who compete on discounted pricing rather than total quality across the board. We now want to take our combined knowledge and expertise and solidify ourselves as the best full service hotel management company on the African continent. Together we can do more and execute at an even higher level than we could have separately.”
About PMR Hospitality Partners
PMR Hospitality Partners is a full service hotel acquisition, development, management and asset management company offering an array of services including site selection, product selection, entitlements, financing solutions, conceptual design, construction and project management, procurement, technical services, pre-opening management and operations management. PMR Hospitality Partners operate out of Cape Town and now Durban, South Africa, while sister company Valor Hospitality Partners operate from offices in Atlanta, USA and London, UK asset managing, operating, developing and redeveloping hotels in the two countries as well as mainland Continental Europe. With 12 management & asset / consultant management assignments in South Africa, 16 hotels in the USA portfolio, 20 hotels in the European portfolio, PMR Hospitality Partners is truly an International Company with a significant and diverse portfolio of assets as well as deep and meaningful relationships with all the International brands.
About Graham Wood
Wood has 21 years experience in the Hospitality & Gaming Industry including financial, commercial, and operational management and strategic leadership roles. Wood began his career in the Hospitality industry in 1996 when he was hired by Sun International as a Project Accountant at the Sun City Resort. He successfully progressed within Sun International over the next 12 years. He held positions ranging from Financial Manager of Operations to Chief Financial Officer at Sun City Resort. In 2000, Wood was appointed as Sun International’s Resorts Division Regional Financial Manager, a position he held for two years.
In January of 2003, Wood assumed his first strategic leadership position as Director of Operations back at Sun City Resort. He was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the entire Sun City Resort including the 4 Hotels (Palace of The Lost City, The Cascades, Sun City Hotel & Cabanas), Vacation Club, Gaming, Entertainment, Valley of Waves, Entertainment Centre, Sports and Recreation and all Support Departments.
After a successful five years at Sun City Resort, Wood was appointed as the Divisional Director Resorts (Designate) of Sun International Limited.
Wood was then appointed Managing Director of Tsogo Sun Hotels (formerly Southern Sun Hotels). This role required the strategic leadership of the Tsogo Sun Hotel Group, which consists of 95 hotels in South Africa, Africa & the Middle East, comprising ultra luxury, deluxe, full service, economy and budget hotel brands.
Wood continues to dedicate time to the development of the South African Tourism industry. He is a Board member of South African Tourism, the Country’s destination marketing organization. He is also the chairperson of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, the respected authority on quality tourism products in South Africa.