By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
Whenever we hear about new businesses, it’s typically an initial announcement about what’s coming, where it’ll be and when it’ll open. Maybe you’ll eventually hear about the ribbon cutting, but that’s about it.
In this podcast episode, we talk with Ted Ent — president and COO of Mac Haik Hospitality — about the new Embassy Suites that’s scheduled to open Oct. 2 near the Texas A&M campus. Ted describes how he was able to secure a location that no one thought was available, what successes and challenges were part of the development process, and whether or not College Station has too many hotels.
00:00 – Introduction
01:45 — Ted talks about his background in the industry
03:00 — How did College Station get on your radar?
04:40 — “Folklore in the hotel industry”: How he secured such a prime location.
09:28 — College Station provided the most-pleasant development experience of his career.
13:08 — Ted’s role throughout the development process.
14:53 — The use of a local artist; other Ted touches.
16:30 — The Sabre
17:24 — Challenges along the way (traffic, utilities).
21:12 — Don’t we have too many hotels in College Station?
25:34 — What amenities are needed in the area that don’t currently exist?
29:40 — Show close
About the Blogger
Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is completing his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M, Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he is also president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.
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