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Michael Gibson
CEO & Founder

Dennis Foster
Director of Facilities and Hotel Engineering

Alicia Bersin
Director of Purchasing & Special Projects

Melissa Poma
Director of Human Resources

Alan Martin
Regional Director of Operations

Teagan Tilson
Regional Director of Operations







Gibson Hotel Management Inc.

409 Montbrook Lane
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-539-0588 : P
865-539-0559 : F

INFO@MGIBSONHOTELS.COM

MEET THE M. GIBSON HOTEL MANAGEMENT INC. TEAM

Michael Gibson
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Gibson’s story in the hospitality industry is one of hard work, honesty, and ethical progression.  Starting as a restaurant cook, Michael found his passion for the hospitality industry while gaining invaluable experience only offered to those who begin at the bottom of the ladder.  He went on to open over forty upscale restaurants in Tennessee, Texas, and California.

In his transition from restaurant to hotel management, Michael worked as a General Manager, Asset Manager, and Regional Manager of Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotel Group Brands. He became Vice President of Operations and Development for Carlisle Hospitality Group and a District Director for Food & Beverage Operations at InterContinental Hotel Group’s Corporate headquarters. Michael also served in a leading position within concept development at InterContinental Hotel Group’s corporate offices.

In 2000, Michael created Gibson Hotel Management, Inc., with a core philosophy of Servant Leadership. He oversees all operations, development, and acquisition activities, serving as the bedrock for the company’s ethos. In doing so, Michael has gained a reputation for his ability to create mutually rewarding relationships, motivate company associates, and think outside the box in order to forge “win-win” solutions.

Michael Gibson and Gibson Hotel Management, Inc. has been recognized numerous times by Marriott, Hilton Worldwide, and InterContinental Hotel Group for developing and operating award winning hotels.  Within these world-renowned franchises, Michael has overseen the management, development, and acquisition of premium hotel brands such as Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn (full service), Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, and Courtyard by Marriott.

Michael earned the American Hotel & Lodging Association Award for Tennessee (2012), and was also the Tennessee Hotelier of the Year (2011).  Under Michael’s leadership, GHMI has been recognized as a Top Hotel Management Company (2012 & 2013).  Further, he has served as the Chairman and President of the Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association, Chairman of the Governor’s Tourism Conference, and Director for the Knoxville Tourism Alliance. 

Michael remains heavily engaged in community initiatives, with a special focus on the Wounded Warrior Project.  This endeavor takes a holistic approach to serving soldiers and their families in order to foster a well-adjusted generation of wounded service members. He has also served as Chairman of the Tennessee Education and Award Committee. 

Career Accomplishments & Affiliations

  • Recognized as a Top Hotel Management Company by Hotel Management magazine in  2012 & 2013
  • Tennessee Hotelier of the Year Award 2011
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Leadership for Tennessee Award 2012
  • Chairman & President, Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association (3 Years)
  • Chairman & Board Member of Pellissippi Tourism Hotel & Culinary School (8 Years)
  • Co-Chairman Tennessee Hospitality Education East Council (5 Years)
  • Chairman of Tennessee Tourism Round-table (2 years)
  • Chairman Governors Conference Tourism (2 years)
  • Chairman Tennessee Education and Award Committee (10 years)
  • Board Member Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership (3 years)
  • Board Member Marketing & Communication Committee Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership (3 years)
  • Board Member Helen Ross McNabb – Federal Programs Unemployment & Assistance (3 years)
  • Hotelier of the Year  Award – Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association (2000)
  • University of Tennessee Advisory Board Member of Tourism & Lodging Program (3 years)
  • Most Valuable Volunteer Award State of Tennessee by American Hotel and Lodging Association (2001)
  • The Tennessee Hospitality Education Council 2001 Industry Leadership Award  (2001)
  • Knoxville Tourism Alliance  - Knoxville Board Director (5 Years)
  • Chairman of All Saints Men’s Ministry
  • Knights of Columbus Member – 4 Degree Worthy Sir Knight
  • SKAL Club International Member – 10 years

 

Food & Beverage Developments

  • Dobbs House Inc. – Upscale theme restaurant division.  Expansion team leader in Tennessee & Texas
  • San Francisco -  Theme restaurant development.  Co-owner & operator
  • McShea’s Restaurant- High quality neighborhood concept – CEO/Owner
  • RMD- Hooters Investment Group Partner
  • Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille – Partner, developer

 

Hotels Developed, Owned, and/or Managed by Gibson Hotel Management & Development, Inc:

In each of the hotels below, Michael Gibson & Gibson Hotel Management & Development, Inc. associates played an central role in site selection, capitol pool structuring, branding, construction expertise, and day to day operations management.

Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge, TN
Hilton Garden Inn Myrtle Beach, SC
Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville, TN
Hampton Inn Cedar Bluff - Knoxville, TN (Acquisition)
Hampton Inn & Suites Smyrna, TN
Hilton Garden Inn Smyrna, TN
Courtyard by Marriott Alcoa, TN
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cookeville, TN
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Owensboro, KY
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Alcoa, TN
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pigeon Forge, TN
Holiday Inn Knoxville, TN (Acquisition)
Holiday Inn Express Alcoa, TN
Holiday Inn Express Powell, TN (Acquisition) 

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Dennis Foster
Director of Facilities and Hotel Engineering

Dennis came to us with an extensive amount of facility engineering experience.  He has led single property departments to multiple property inspections for companies such as Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, and for the United States Air Force.  His knowledge of small machinery, HVAC systems, Boiler installation and repair as well as personal knowledge of hotel brand expectations are invaluable in the delivery of protection of property assets in upkeep and reporting.  Mr. Foster was in the United States Air Force with designations for Aerospace Institute Digital Technology, BSS Intrusion Systems, and 486L Communication Systems.  These eight years of experience made his move into the Hospitality field seem like an easy one.   The high amount of detail orientation, as well as ability to analyze a problem and communicate the need so that areas of concern made him the right choice for us and our hotels.  He has his E.P.A. Level I, II, III Universal Certification, AHMA CEOE, as well as other designations which are essential in doing this position.  He is also well versed with state and local municipality organizations that govern our hotel/motel maintenance and inspections.

 

   

Alicia Bersin
Director of Purchasing and Special Projects

Alicia is responsible for purchasing Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment for all new construction hotels, renovation projects associated with product improvement plants, and targeted hotel refurbishment endeavors.  She has over 20 years of industry experience including the food & beverage component of hotels, sales & catering, management of full service hotels, and bed & breakfast establishments.  

Alicia also served as a member of East Tennessee Meeting Professionals and Executive Women International. She has earned two Associates degrees, with one attained in hospitality management, while the other was achieved in Special Education.

Alicia brings a consistent track record of success in the coordination of several critical projects, including 10 new construction hotels within a three year time period.  She provides a results focused perspective in challenging project management situations. Alicia has proven to be an excellent problem solver with strategic and tactical skills. She is also a strong leader who inspires confidence and trust in others while motivating staff members to perform at high levels to consistently meet project expectations.

   

Melissa Poma
Director of Human Resources

Melissa joined GHMI as the Director of Human Resources in 2013.  Melissa’s role focuses on compensation, benefits, training & development as well as staffing for a team of over 600 employees across four states.

Prior to joining the GHMI family, Melissa spent 5 years as the Director of Employee Potential for a property management company with locations in TN, GA, FL, TX and CA.  Melissa began her career in Human Resources over 18 years ago in the staffing industry where she worked 12 years for Randstad USA. 

Melissa obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from East Tennessee State University majoring in Elementary Education.  Melissa is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers and currently holds her Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR).

   
 

Alan Martin
Regional Director of Operations

   

Fernando "Nando" Trevino
Vice President of Development and Real Estate

Nando joined Gibson Hotel Management, Inc. in 2019 after a successful twenty-five-year career in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, most recently focusing primarily in Hotel and Restaurant site acquisition. Prior to real estate Nando had a career in the hospitality industry and gained a valuable management experiences within the hotel, restaurant and banquet/catering fields, and worked for Michael Gibson in 1985-1987.

Nando has worked with hotel development clients who developed Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Hyatt and La Quinta hotels. In addition, he was Project Manager on construction of multiple units for a national fast-food franchisee.

He worked as the Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Holiday Inn- Starkville (MS), Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Downtown Knoxville, Garden Plaza- Murfreesboro (TN) and Food and Beverage Director at the Torchbearer award-winning Holiday Inn- Hattiesburg (MS).

Nando is a Louisville, KY native and attended both the University of Kentucky and Mississippi State University, where he studied architecture and landscape architecture, before embarking on his hospitality management career. He currently holds a real estate license in KY and UT, and is pending in TN.

   


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