Robert Kisabeth was already a veteran hotelier in 2002 when he was given the corporate assignment to move to Northwest Arkansas to oversee the opening of a new hotel.
Working for John Q. Hammons Hotels Inc., Kisabeth had been the opening general manager of the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2000. It went so well, he was chosen to be the first GM for the Embassy Suites in Rogers, which opened its doors in May 2003, with 248 rooms and 20,000 SF of meeting space. Expanded to 400 rooms in July 2007 with the addition of a 152-room spa tower, built to accommodate the adjacent John Q. Hammons Center, it is easily the area’s largest hotel.
During a recent interview, Kisabeth recalled being in on the ground floor of the area’s signature hospitality... [ MORE ]