Home
Hotel News
BITAC® Events!
Owners Event Nov. 16, 2014 More Info 2 Supplier Spots Left
Food & Beverage Jan. 25, 2015 More Info 6 Supplier Spots Left
Luxury North America Mar. 08, 2015 More Info 1 Supplier Spots Left
  Are you a member? Log In  or  Sign Up
Showtime
 
Share
Send a summary and link to this article
To Email
Your Name
Your Email
Bot Test
To pass the Bot Test, please type the white text that you see in the gray box. This helps us prevent spammers from abusing the system.
Print Printable Version

Cendant Names Higgins New Days Inn Chief

Cendant officially named Thomas Higgins the new President and CEO of Days Inn as a replacement for Joe Kane, who was promoted.

Monday, February 04, 2002
Kristin Amarante
bookmark this
Bookmark to: Digg Bookmark to: Del.icio.us Bookmark to: Facebook
Bookmark to: Yahoo Bookmark to: Google Bookmark to: Twitter
We are on Twitter
Cendant Names Higgins New Days Inn Chief

PARSIPPANY, NJ – Cendant officially named Thomas Higgins the new President and CEO of Days Inn Worldwide as a replacement for Joe Kane, who was promoted to Hotel Division Group President and CEO when the company restructured its management in November.

“I’ve known Joe Kane for 25 years,” said Higgins. “We started at La Quinta Inns on the same day in 1978. I heard he got promoted, and then I got a call. I was familiar with the quality of Days Inns, and that was very attractive to me.”

Prior to his appointment, Higgins was Chief People Officer for Sun Country Airlines, where he was responsible for operational issues ranging from catering to legal responsibilities.

Previously, Higgins had spent four years as Senior Vice President for San Antonio-based La Quinta Inns, and is credited with improving property management, marketing and pricing strategies, which grew company revenues by $200 million. He also coordinated $300 million in renovations for more than 225 LaQuinta Inns.

A 30-year hospitality veteran, Higgins said that working with people is what initially drew him to the business, and attributes his success to the right combination of the right kind of people.

“My personality is geared toward people interaction; I am people oriented, and I like immediate feedback,” said Higgins. “You put together a quality team and you are guaranteed success.”

Beginning his career as Director of Recruiting for Steak and Ale Restaurants, Higgins has held a wide range of positions in the travel, hotel and restaurant industries. After leaving La Quinta, he was Vice President of Resources for Motel 6 in Dallas from 1988 to 1992. He then went on to become Director of Employment for General Mills Restaurants in Orlando, and was recently President and CEO of DiamondFire Food Systems, a San Antonio-based restaurant and video production company.

Higgins said that his plans for Days Inns involve growth in the Northwestern and Northeastern regions, as well as an international focus.

“Days Inn is under-represented in certain parts of the country, and, although there is room for growth all across the board, we are definitely concentrating on certain areas,” said Higgins. “Worldwide is what we are and what we will continue to be.”

Feedback Messaging & Feedback
We welcome your opinion! Log In to send feedback.
Already a member?
Login
Log In
Not yet registered?
Login
Sign Up
Need More Information?
Information
Benefits
 
  RSS Feed
RSS Feed
Policies
Contact Us
Mobile Version