Within two years the Gunter Hotel earned Four Diamond recognition, completed a very successful Chapter 11 reorganization and affiliated with Sheraton Hotels. Other hospitality clients during the “Distressed ’80s” include the Crockett Hotel, El Tropicana and Deluxe Inn in San Antonio; the Doubletree Hotel in Austin; the Grand Hotel at the Galleria in Houston (Currently known as The Derek); Carefree Inn and Resort, Carefree, AZ; and several distressed hotels in other Southwestern markets.
With each of these assets, the PHG team developed a vision, directed renovation and repositioning, provided management and timely sale of the hotels. In each case, they successfully coordinated affiliations with secure, profitable national hotel franchises, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton, Radisson and Intercontinental Hotel Group.
In 1990, Karena Hotels Texas, formed by a London-based hotel investment company, hired PHG as director/operator for its US hotel ventures and invested $50 million in Texas hotels (…)
PHG is the General Partner and manages this hotel. This venture was the first of many public/private partnerships for PHG and local municipalities developing hotels with conference centers. The Hilton Garden Inn Live Oak opened in January 2016.
Elisa McClure has more than 25 years of experience in hotel management, including eight years with Marriott Hotels and over 26 years as a special projects partner in her husband Ed’s hotel ventures. Elisa oversaw the day-to-day management of the Guadalupe River Ranch Resort and is directly involved in all phases of Phoenix Hospitality project development, including interior design and concept development of each property.
Elisa (Dr. E.) is a Doctor of Naturopath, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Certified Natural Health Professional, Certified Aromatherapist, Author, Blogger, Research Chef, Cooking Instructor, Radio Show Host, Speaker, Health & Wellness Educator, Organic Gardener, Backyard Farmer and Hotelier.