Leadership Team

George E. Glover, CHA - Chairman & CEO

Mr. Glover oversees the day-to-day operations of each BayStar Group property. He brings a wealth of hotel management & development experience to the table, having previously served as President and CEO of the 30-hotel Kemmons Wilson (Founder of Holiday Inns) Hotel Management Group Company. Glover is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of InterContinental Hotel Group Worldwide Owners Assn.; and is active in American Hotel & Lodging Association and Board Member-Florida Restaurant and Lodging Assn. Mr. Glover has over 25 years of multi-unit hotel operations, and development experience.

Ford B. Smith - President

Smith, a co-founder of BayStar, oversees all aspects of development for BayStar, including new hotel construction, with responsibilities in: site selection, property due diligence, variance and zoning issues, geotechnical studies, and all aspects of design (working with the architectural and interior design professionals), budgeting, and then working directly with the General Contractor during the building process as Construction Manager. Smith also oversees all renovation and PIP projects. In the past 15 years, under Smithís guidance, BayStar has completed over a dozen new-build and renovation projects. Smith also assists in development of new business for BayStar. Smith graduated from Tampa College with a Bachelorís Degree in Business Administration, is a long-time Board Member of the HALO Foundation, and is an Instrument-rated private pilot.

J. Norman Giovenco, CPA - EVP & CFO

J. Norman Giovenco, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer of BayStar Hotel Group, LLC, a position he has held since 2003.  Mr. Giovenco’s responsibilities include management and coordination of all reporting with 3rd party owners on managed hotels; management and coordination of banking/investor relationships and related reporting requirements; oversees all aspects of hotel financial matters including financial reporting; cash flow / treasury management; insurance and risk management; human resource function; and coordination of legal services.  Mr Giovenco also has extensive experience in private equity offerings both at BayStar and in prior positions previous to BayStar.  Mr. Giovenco is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and previously had 15+ years of public accounting experience as a partner with one of Tampa’s largest locally owned accounting firms.  Mr Giovenco has also served as CFO and shareholder in Tampa based national manufacturers / distributors in the outdoor jetted hot tub and outdoor sign industries.  

Stephen Powell - Corporate Director

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