The Karol Hotel Announces Key Additions to Management Team

Posted: September 6, 2019

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (September 5, 2019) – Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today three key additions to the management team at The Karol Hotel (2675 Ulmerton Road), including General Manager Adam Duffey, Senior Sales Manager Lindsey Ferguson, and Catering Sales Manager Amanda Ratliff. The new 123-room hotel on Feather Sound will be marketed by Mainsail and is scheduled to open this fall.

“We’re delighted to begin building our team for The Karol Hotel with these three stellar industry professionals who will activate the area’s first lifestyle property,” said Joe Collier, Mainsail Lodging & Development president. “Adam, Lindsey and Amanda all have extensive knowledge of the local market, which will prove invaluable as we build our portfolio of clients.”

With 13 years of hospitality experience, General Manager Adam Duffey has developed his management and operations skill set in the Tampa/St. Pete area’s thriving hotel industry. A motivational leader with high expectations, he began his career at Wyndham Tampa Westshore, working as a concierge before earning his first management position as front desk manager. He later joined St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater as director of room operations, providing staff training and oversight, managing daily hotel operations, ensuring Marriott brand compliance and serving as team leader of the guest satisfaction committee. In 2016 Duffey became general manager of Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown, where he directed annual increases in hotel revenue and oversaw the successful sale and brand transition of the property in 2017. As general manager of The Karol, Duffey will use his strong background in all aspects of hotel operations to ensure implementation of Mainsail’s service strategies and initiatives to exceed guest expectations and increase market share.

As The Karol’s senior sales manager, Lindsey Ferguson will execute account development and management during the hotel’s pre-opening phase, working with the sales, marketing and revenue teams to secure and maximize group and transient opportunities across several markets. A proven sales professional with nearly 15 years of experience in the local hotel industry, she has consistently met and exceeded sales goals throughout her career. Ferguson was most recently a sales account executive at St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, where she spent four years managing the growing social, military, education, religious and fraternal (SMERF) market. She also spent five years as sales manager at Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park and five years at Holiday Inn Select in Clearwater, where she worked in guest services before becoming sales manager.

The Karol’s new Catering Sales Manager Amanda Ratliff is responsible for sales and detailing catering opportunities, as well as managing all group room bookings and business accounts and maximizing related revenue streams.  After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Hospitality Management, Ratliff began building her career in sales and catering with positions at several different hotel companies, including Wyndham and Hyatt. Most recently she was Special Events Sales Manager at Mainsail’s Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, where she directed all-day meetings for groups of up to 30 guests, while overseeing private dining functions and coordinating events at the EDGE rooftop bar and Epicurean Theatre.

Scheduled to open in the fall, The Karol Hotel will feature 123 guest rooms and suites; a signature lobby bar and restaurant; a dazzling rooftop bar overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay; a combined 7,340 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and executive conference rooms; and a resort-style pool and fitness center. The Karol is centrally located in beautiful Feather Sound between Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa, just off the coast of the Bay, 15 minutes from the Westshore District in Tampa and with quick access to both the St. Pete-Clearwater and Tampa International Airports.

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