Pinnacle Group Bringing Hilton Garden to Downtown Little Rock

by George Waldon  on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 12:00 am  

McKibbon Hotel Group Inc. of Gainesville, Ga., is in the early stages of developing its fourth downtown Little Rock project, near the Hilton Garden Inn site.

The company’s 115-room Hilton Homewood Suites, an extended-stay offering, will be built on the south side of Fourth Street between River Market Avenue and Rock Street.

McKibbon’s previous projects in downtown Little Rock include the 120-room Marriott Courtyard, opened in 2004 at 521 President Clinton Ave.; the 119-room Hampton Inn & Suites, opened in 2008 at 320 River Market Ave.; and the 107-room Residence Inn, opened in 2013 at 219 River Market Ave.

Corporate Roots

The roots of McKibbon, which owns or operates 75 hotels located primarily across the Southeast, go back to more than 65 years to 1946.

Pinnacle Hotel Group, which owns six Arkansas properties, was formed in 2007 by the merger of three hospitality families orchestrated by second-generation leadership.

The corporate effort may be only six years old, but the involvement of the PHG families in the business dates back three decades with separate mom-and-pop motels in Clarksville, Crossett and Malvern.

Two of the families are represented by a trio of PHG executives: Chet Patel, president and controller; Shawn Govind, director of development; and his cousin, Rocky Govind, director of operations.

They got to know each other as students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where Patel majored in accounting and finance, Shawn Govind in real estate and finance and Rocky Govind in computer science.

“Through association in college, we all became buddies,” Patel said.

That friendship and the shared heritage of growing up in the motel business with immigrant Indian families provided the launching pad to join forces and eventually start Pinnacle Hotel Group.

Rounding out the operational leadership is a family friend, Nick Nagin, PHG’s director of procurement & purchasing. Nagin grew up in Mississippi and moved to Arkansas in 2000.

 

 

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