Edwin Christian, the ex-marine special operations officer ... was about to fight a civilized, non-violent war to save a hotel. The challenges would be unique: scam artists, murder, rape, city officials, financial hardship, challenging guests, muggers, a car thief, dysfunctional siblings, and exotic dancers. The only guns would be carried by the DEA, the police, and a boy bent on suicide. He stood on the front steps of the law firm of LaGrange, Harrelson, and Smith. He was there for the reading of his grandfather’s will. In the next hour, he would become the owner of the Hotel St. George: once the crown jewel of hospitality in the city, now a respectable but aging part of the city’s history. It was one of a dying breed of independently owned upscale hotels battling the large chains. Edwin had no idea what he was about to face with the classic old hotel, with its hundreds of employees, thousands of guests, and 800 rooms in the middle of the city.“Plank’s forty years of hotel experience takes you inside the real hotel business. Saving the Saint George captures the authentic world of guests and employees and the amusing, tragic, and satisfying human events that make the hotel business fascinating. —Joseph McInerney, President of the American Hotel & Lodging Association
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Greg Plank, a graduate of the Hotel School at Cornell University, worked his way from busboy to general manager to president of hotel companies. He resides in North Georgia with Linda, his wife of thirty-nine years, and his dog Bogey.Review:
If you stay in hotels or work in the Travel Industry, you'll love this book. Saving The St. George captures the real world of guests and employees and the amusing, tragic, and happy human events that make the hotel business fascinating.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
"(The book) spells out, in lurid detail, what goes on behind the scenes at a hotel..."
Kitty Bean Yancey in USA Today's Hotel Hotsheet
Saving the Saint George is a delightful read and a fascinating back-stairs look into the operations of a hotel and the hotel industry. The plot is captivating, the characters are straight out of corporate America, and the author moves it all along at a nice clip. Jeannine Addams - Public Relations Counsel
The world of hotels in hospitality was accurately depicted in many of the scenes in Arthur Haileys's 1960s HOTEL.
Greg Plank combined real world background and experiences to this approach in Saving the St. George. I recommend this as an excellent successor to HOTEL.
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