Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Work History

Work History
2006 - Present

Vice President & General Manager

Seahaven Management, LLC

Hired to oversee the condominium rental operation and association management of the Towne of Seahaven, a 17-phase, 4,000 unit condominium, retail and entertainment complex. With development currently halted, acting as General Manager a 329 unit condominium, two beachfront hotels with 200 rooms and a 500 seat beachside restaurant  with $5 million in annual sales. Also perform the duties of Community Association Manager for the condominium, the master association, and 3 residential owner associations..

1998 - 2006

Vice President and General Manager

Royal American Hospitality, Inc & The Boardwalk Beach Resort- a hotel ownership and condominium rental & association management company

Began with managing all aspects of  what became a very successful 600 room beachfront resort with four separate hotels, two hotel franchises, two restaurants, three bars, a nightclub, and over 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor catering and event space.  Developed a condominium management company operating from the resort  which grew to be the largest in Bay County managing on-site rentals at 15 resort properties representing over 1,500 units. Royal American Hospitality was ranked in the "Top 100  Management Companies" by Hotel & Motel Management Magazine.  In 2001, created and acted as president of Resort Association Management, Inc. to manage the condominium associations at  the properties where RAH had rentals. By 2005, RAM managed 15 associations representing over 3,000 unit owners. 

1996 - 1998

General Manager

Lake Lanier Islands Hilton Golf Resort and Conference Center

Four star golf resort and conference center on a 1200-acre island 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Features include 14,000 sq. ft. of interior banquet space plus 65,000 sq. ft. of pavilion style catering and event space, 18-hole golf course, 3 restaurants, waterpark attraction with annual attendance of 375,000, fleet of 120 rental boats, equestrian program, and a 300-site campground.

During this time, also managed the Ocean Dunes Resort and Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

1993 - 1996

General Manager

Milford Plaza Hotel- for Horizon Hotels, Ltd.

1300-room transient/FIT hotel in midtown Manhattan, the second largest Ramada hotel in the world. Extensive international clientelle. Annual room sales of $36 million. Directly responsible for an $8 million renovation and conversion to Ramada franchise.

1982 - 1991

General Manager

Southern Host Hotels, Inc. - a hotel management company

Ramada Ocean Forest Resort          Myrtle Beach, SC

209-unit oceanfront all-suite condominium resort hotel. Managed all operations including the condominium homeowners association.

Quality Inn and Conference Center          Jacksonville, FL

21-acre, 300-room full service conference and convention facility. Featured a 350-seat high-energy lounge, 220-seat restaurant, 50-room concierge building, 12,000 square feet of convention/banquet space, 9,000 square feet of meeting/ boardrooms and an 80-seat amphitheater. Supervised a $3 million renovation and conversion to Choice franchise.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront          Jacksonville Beach, FL

150-room property with 100-seat restaurant and 125-seat rooftop lounge. The Hotel was ranked 93rd in Lodging Hospitality Magazine's top 400 profit performers for 1984.

Education

Education
1981

Bachelor or Science

Cornell University

Certifications

Certifications

Certified Manager of Community Associations

Community Associations Institute

Licensed Community Association Manager

Florida DBPR

Certified Hotel Administrator

American Hotel & Lodging Association