John JohnsonChief Financial OfficerJohn is the Chief Financial Officer for Strand Hospitality Services and is responsible for all aspects of financial and administrative management at all Strand properties. He joined Strand in 1997 after his previous years of public accounting experience brought him to Myrtle Beach from the New England area where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from State University of New York College at Geneseo in 1992.
John believes our key to success is providing our owners with effective and accurate financial reporting on a timely basis - there is no room for error, no room for tardiness. We know that our continued relationship is contingent upon producing solid bottom line results and it is, therefore, our top priority. John is a licensed CPA in South Carolina and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach Area) Chapter of Certified Public Accounts, and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
When John is not busy ensuring the financial success of Strand Hospitality Services and our properties, he enjoys golfing and playing tennis. He is based out of our corporate office in Myrtle Beach, which is where he resides with his family.
Jay KellerChief Operating OfficerJay is a 30+ year veteran of the hospitality industry and has been with Strand Hospitality for well over a decade. He joined S.H.S. in 2006 as a Regional Director of Operations and served as Vice President of Operations for 8 years. In October 2015, Jay assumed his current role as the Chief Operations Officer. Responsibilities include the oversight and development of all the operating strategies, senior level management, owner relations and financial results of the properties managed by Strand Hospitality Services. In addition, he heads all national purchasing programs, development and capital improvement needs for the company. Jay has been a part of developing and opening 22 hotels and has directed over 140 million dollars in full-scope renovations.
Jay has a vast working knowledge of the hospitality industry including positions such as an Executive Chef, General Manager of larger, full service hotels, Area Manager roles and Regional Operations management. He has a wide range of educational background including an Associate degree in Business Administration from Sinclair College, many industry specific courses, adult continuing education from The Ohio State University and is C.H.A. certified.
Jay is based out of our Charlotte area operations, which is where he lives with his wife, Stacey.