Friday, October 26, 2007


WHO THE HECK IS Kemmons Wilson Jr.? Seem here throwing out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 2 of the 2007 World Series...

Kemmons? Wilson? Jr.? Anybody?

Didn’t think so…

FYI, his dad (now deceased) Kemmons Wilson founded the Holiday Inn hotel chain…Klemmons was a successful entrepreneur and business man before he opened the first HI in Memphis in 1952. A fateful Wilson family vacation to Washington, D.C. in 1951 changed the way that the rest of the world vacationed. Wilson was outraged at the audacity of the practices of most hotels. The basic hotel rate was about eight dollars per night. However, most hotels charged an additional two dollars per child. This additional charge would send the price of one night stay for the Wilson family to $18 a night, which was astronomical for most middle class families at the time. So, he made the decision to create his own hotel chain, and to offer families a safe, clean and affordable place to stay, setting the standard for the future of the hotel industry.

We have absolutley no idea why the younger Kemmons was tossing out the first pitch…

(Sidebar – or what some might call a Shameless Plug: On your next vacation why not stay at a Holiday Inn? We hear the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Warrenton, VA is quite nice…great owners, unbelievable marketing director!)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

1 comment:

  1. Holiday Inns is one of several hotel brands owned by Intercontinental Hotels Group, a British based company.....and a major sponsor of Major League Baseball. That's the connection.

    Kem is the CEO of Wilson Hotel Management Company which is part of the Kemmons Wilson Companies. Kem is named for his Dad, Kemmons Wilson, who founded the Holiday Inn chain in 1952 and revolutionized the hotel industry.

    Holiday Inns has recently announced and is rapidly initiating major brand enhancement programs for all Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels.

    It seems most fitting that given their major sponsorship of Major League Baseball that Kem would be asked to throw out the pitch at the second game in Boston.

    By the way, he threw a good pitch too.


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