Reports to: Vice President of Operations
551 PONCE HOTEL (Opening late 2020) | ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Do you consider yourself a leader who feeds off the energy of being in the midst of the action? Are you a food and beverage visionary ready to execute your concepts and step up as Hotel General Manager? Do you have a passion for serving people and creating amazing moments? Discover 551 Ponce, Atlanta’s newest lifestyle hotel in the heart of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.
We consider ourselves the guide and our guests are our heroes! We celebrate and support them all while sharing our unique story. Our personality, narrative and services are specifically designed to provide the ultimate experience for our guests, and we need you to fully develop those while creating one-of-a-kind touchpoints that will make no two stays the same. And, of course, it’s our people who bring that experience to life.
The ideal General Manager is the “quarterback” who actively participates in the operation and leads by example, constantly analyzing, inspecting and innovating the operation and service delivery. This leadership role will implement the company’s hyper-local hospitality principles by understanding the community’s concerns and needs, which may include charitable and volunteering opportunities, participation in neighborhood association meetings and forging partnerships with local merchants, farmers, roasters, brew masters and artisans of the Old Fourth Ward.
Who We Are
551 Ponce (a placeholder name) is an independent lifestyle hotel on the iconic stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue, just blocks from the Ponce City Market and the Atlanta BeltLine. Channeling a history of hospitality, the hotel was originally built in the 1930s and opened as a 58-room hotel. The Garner-Wallace Hotel housed Mrs. P’s, the first openly gay bar in Atlanta, through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. In the mid-1990s, MJQ nightclub by George Chang opened in its basement, making the hotel the cultural mecca for the Atlanta art and music scene. Purchased by Kim King Associates, a family-run, full-service real estate firm with a diverse portfolio, the hotel is being expanded and reimagined to tell the story of its authentic history while evolving to meet the more contemporary and sophisticated tastes of the Old Fourth Ward of today. Given its prominent location, the hotel will serve as a dynamic gathering point, where guests and locals blend seamlessly together. The hotel will be comprised of 112 keys and a distinctive Food + Beverage proposition that will extend past the neighborhood and make its mark on Atlanta’s culinary landscape.
The hotel will be managed by Mainsail Lodging & Development, which was founded in 1999 by Joe Collier and Juli Corlew. The duo has grown Mainsail Lodging & Development from one lodging complex to a multi-faceted portfolio which includes the upper upscale brands of Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio, in addition to vacation rentals and a corporate furnished housing business throughout the southeast. Driven by the belief that each of our hotels should have a compelling story and seamlessly intertwine with the local community, Mainsail has learned to deliver inspiring experiences while cultivating a passionate following of advocates in each of their destinations. 551 Ponce Hotel will be this and more!
Who You Are
Your past experiences have led you to understand that community happens organically by being sincerely authentic and purposely intentional. There is an art and science to getting a hotel experience just right, and it revolves around people. A carefully selected and developed group of individuals will inspire one another to be the best they can be, and when given the opportunity, will create life changing moments. You are the coach who defines the mission, while motivating and focusing the team to deliver memorable experiences. In your personal life you are insatiably curious, seeking out the new and discovering a variety of adventures. You are open minded, naturally enthusiastic, a great listener and cheerfully collaborative. You believe life’s great instants are meant to be shared, and your passions span a spectrum of art, music, education and sports. And you’re capable of telling a great story!
What You Will Do
How You Lead
* Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Mainsail is encouraging persons who are interested in any of our open positions that match your skills, knowledge, and ability to apply. Although we are delighted in you applying at this time, we are, however, following the guidelines of the CDC whereby you may be called for a phone or video interview initially instead of in-person interview. Please note, certain positions may have a delay in being filled due to this recent pandemic. Thank you again for your interest in applying to work at Mainsail.*
**Please note, Mainsail is a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment screening, to include a background test and drug screen, is required for all candidates offered a position.**
April 15, 2020