Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to interact with prominent executives and community leaders. It offers students first-hand information about the complexities of the business world, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Speakers share their views about successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership. These lectures seek to enhance the educational experience of students in the College of Business while showcasing programs, faculty, and students to the international business community.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: BLB Classroom 015

James O. Guillory
HarDam Hotels, LLC

Mr. Guillory has the oversight responsibility of his management and consulting teams, as they administer the ongoing day-to-day operations of the Company, identifying and evaluating hotel investments, and developing and implementing plans for increasing hotel performance and value. Under Mr. Guillory’s leadership, HarDam Hotels has been approved as a franchisee and management company by Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Since 1999, Mr. Guillory and his staff have been responsible for originating and executing ground-up hotel development opportunities, as well as acquiring, renovating and repositioning hotels well under replacement cost, assisting with capital raising efforts, and managing relationships with investors, lenders, major hotel brands, and consultants.

Mr. Guillory received his degree from University of North Texas in Business, minor in Accounting. He served as a Senior Corporate Tax Auditor for Ryan & Company, P.C. in Dallas, Texas, prior to serving as President and Director of Development & Investments for HarDam Hotels and CenterPointe Hotels in 1999. Mr. Guillory has been selected by Hilton Worldwide to serve in several publications as a franchisee, and serve as a guest speaker. He has been an annual guest speaker at the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, as well as the University of North Texas, College of Hospitality Management. Mr. Guillory serves on several Boards and Committees at his alma mater, the University of North Texas, and in 2015, Mr. Guillory received the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Houston Black Chamber.