FRED CERRONE: HOTEL EQUITIES FOUNDER
Bringing on veterans as franchisees and hiring service members to other positions is part of the regular routine for Hotel Equities and its founder, Frederick Cerrone. For Cerrone, a five-decade ascent to the top of the hospitality industry began as a stroke of fate. His stalwart work ethic, commitment to excellence, and entrepreneurial instincts led him to launch Hotel Equities, the Atlanta, Ga.-based multi-unit franchisee of multiple hotel brands, including Marriott, Hilton and Intercontinental Group. Cerrone is also Chairman of Hotel Equities and COO of Hotel Development Partners.
Consistent success has led Cerrone to create nonprofit partnerships with Marriott and other brands, while giving back to local communities. In recognition of its outstanding civic work in the communities where Hotel Equities operates a hotel, the company has been honored twice by Marriott with the prestigious "Spirit to Serve Award."
RON KENDALL: BUFFALO LODGING ASSOCIATES PRESIDENT
Ron Kendall found his path to success through the franchise business model as a multiunit franchisee of various Marriott International and Hilton Hotels brands following a stint in the U.S. Air Force. Now the President of Canton, Mass.-based hotel and management development company Buffalo Lodging Associates, Kendall spent four years in the Air Force following high school and developed an interest in flying. After...