South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Announces Kim Tolbert – “Hotel Manager of the Year”

SAINT LOUIS, MO, November 11, 2014 – The South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association recently recognized Kim Tolbert, Director of Sales at Candlewood Suites Greenville, SC, as SCRLA’s Hotel Manager of the Year at the Upstate Hospitality Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2014.  SCRLA is a strong group of industry partners working together to positively impact the hospitality and tourism industry. It is the largest hospitality trade organization and has a record of great work in the areas of education, community service and influencing legislative issues. SCRLA represents the state’s number one industry, the hospitality industry, which employs over 200,000 people.

The award was proudly presented by Michael Heater, President of the Greenville Chapter – SCRLA.  Heater stated “Anyone who has ever opened a new hotel either blocks it out of their mind and never tries it again, or thrives on the challenge of deadlines, missed opening dates, pre-selling, and ramping up a hotel in a competitive, thriving market.  Kim certainly rose to the challenge this year and helped launch the Candlewood Suites into Greenville.  She spent countless hours ensuring the success of this hotel and its team.”

Tolbert started her career in the hospitality industry at the Embassy Suites in 1994 as a Banquet Captain, and quickly became involved in a Sales and Catering Manager position.  She has since developed and evolved into a dedicated, market-driven Director of Sales.  Tolbert joined Midas Hospitality in June 2013 as the Director of Sales for the Candlewood Suites, located at 25 Green Heron Rd, which opened in October 2013.  The new Candlewood Suites, operated by Midas Hospitality,  is part of the master planned community known as Verdae, centrally located to the I-85 and I-385 interstates exits off of Woodruff Road. The hotel sits adjacent to the new 100,000 sq. ft. Cabela’s which opened in Early 2014.

About Midas Hospitality, LLC

Midas Hospitality, was established in 2006 and quickly became one of the premier hotel management groups in the Midwest. Midas Hospitality, LLC has developed, opened and managed numerous properties, including Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Aloft by Starwood, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites among others.

Midas Hospitality, LLC is an owner, operator, and developer of hotels with a growing portfolio consisting of 21 hotels, in 12 states serving 6 different global brands. For more information on Midas Hospitality locations and services, please visit and

About Candlewood Suites

Guests at the Candlewood Suites – Greenville, SC property can take advantage of the just-like-home amenities, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, free on-site guest laundry and a 24-hour fitness center. Unique to Candlewood Suites, guests can also enjoy the convenience of the Candlewood Cupboard®, where a variety of beverages, breakfast items, snacks, frozen entrees and sundries will be available for purchase on the honor system at any time and where guests can enjoy complimentary freshly brewed coffee. Additionally, guests of the Candlewood Suites can visit the free Lending Library, where movies and music will be available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a DVD and CD player.

Guestrooms at the Candlewood Suites – Greenville, SC feature studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, comfortable recliner, large workspace with desk chair and overhead lighting. Each of the hotel’s 97 guest suites will feature the brand’s Comforts of Home™ Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel’s color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in “Candlelight”, triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative “Consider Us Home” pillow.

Candlewood Suites participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 52 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,500 hotels worldwide. Candlewood Suites was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry’s top growing brands.