Founded in 2011, Vimana Franchise Systems has over 30 franchised hotels in the United States with 11 under development. Vimana has a fit for every hotel owner whether it is one of our Centerstone brands, Key West brands or part of our Independent Collection.
Chief Executive Officer: Steven J. Belmonte – Windermere, FL
Mr. Steve Belmonte served a decade as President and CEO of Ramada Franchise Systems and Executive Vice President of Cendant hotel division from 1991-2001. In 2001 Belmonte founded Hospitality Solutions, LLC. Hospitality Solutions primarily negotiates the reduction of liquidated damages/termination fees for hotel owners who have been terminated or desire to cancel their existing franchise agreement. The company also negotiates fair franchise agreements for owners for all major brands.
After 10 years of operating Hospitality Solutions and assisting unhappy owners who hired his firm to negotiate termination fees, Belmonte listened closely to the many reasons why hotel owners were unhappy with their franchise company. He knew there had to be a better way to do business. Armed with this knowledge, Belmonte and his partners created Vimana Franchise Systems, LLC the franchisors of Centerstone Inns, Hotels and Plaza Hotels and Key West Inns, Hotels and Resorts.
Belmonte was also co-founder, President and CEO of the Equity Hotel Corp. and served as the Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn.’s Foundation.
President: Neal B. Jackson – Birmingham, AL
Mr. Neal B. Jackson has served as President of Key West Inns, Inc., located in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2003 and has served as President of Vimana Franchise Systems since its formation in 2011. Since 1997, Mr. Jackson has also served as Vice President of Jackson Hospitality Services, Inc., a hotel management company located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Vice President and Managing Member: Cory G. Jackson, Jr. – Birmingham, AL
Mr. Cory G. Jackson Jr. has served as Vice President and Managing Member of Vimana Franchise Systems since March of 2011, and has served as Vice President of Key West Inns, Inc., located in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2001. Additionally, since 1974 Mr. Jackson has served as President of Jackson Hospitality Services, Inc., a hotel management company located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Vice President Franchise Services: Amanda Belmonte – Windermere, FL
Ms. Amanda Belmonte has served as Vice President of Franchise Services of Vimana Franchise Systems since 2014. She previously served as Executive Assistant from 2011 through 2012, and as Vice President of Brand Management from 2013 through 2014.
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