Executive Vice President of Development
Joe began his 30-year career in hospitality while attending the University of Tennessee Restaurant Management program. He has held numerous positions in the hospitality industry, each with new challenges and increasing responsibilities, including owner and operator of Pasta Trio, a successful restaurant in downtown Knoxville, and Food and Beverage Director for the Knoxville Marriott and Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Downtown Knoxville. In 2012 he joined Gibson Hotel Management as General Manager for the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Sevierville, TN. Over the next 10 years with Gibson Hotels, Joe progressed through various roles including GM of SpringHill Suites Pigeon Forge, Regional Operations Manager, Vice President of Operations and ultimately Executive Vice President of Operations, Development and Investments. Joe’s career trajectory changed from operations to development in 2016 when he led the new construction development at Fairfield Inn, Johnson City. Joe took on a key role in the organization and opened 15 hotels over the next 6 years with our franchise partners at Marriott, IHG and Hilton. After a brief pause to focus on other projects, Joe has now returned to Gibson Hospitality Ventures as Executive Vice President of Development and leads the new construction and development team as we focus on full service, lifestyle and resort brands. Outside of work, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Kristin, and 2 children, Thomas and Sophia.