Mike HaynieMike Haynie
Founder- Chairman of the Board
Michael Haynie has devoted his entire professional career to the lodging and hospitality industry. After attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, he took on various entry level positions before rising through the ranks to the executive level positions he has held for many years. Mr. Haynie has experience in every facet of hotel operations and has served in leadership capacities in hotels ranging from economy to luxury.

Prior to launching his own hotel management enterprise, Mr. Haynie served as the Vice-President and Managing Director of Baltimore’s Tremonts Hotels which encompassed the upscale Tremont Plaza Hotel and the economy Tremont Park Hotel. He also spearheaded the debut of the award-winning Tremont Grand events venue. Under his leadership, Baltimore’s Tremonts ascended to new levels of profitability due to the strategic initiatives Mr. Haynie implemented. Mr. Haynie has also served as a General Manager with Hilton and InterContinental Hotels in Baltimore, Boston, and Hartford; as well as a General Manager with independent and branded hotels in Charlotte, Hartford, Boston and Washington, DC.

While developing his extensive professional port folio, Mr. Haynie has also held numerous community service leadership roles in the Baltimore area. He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of Baltimore’s National Academy Foundation High School (NAF), a flagship public high school, which pairs a college preparatory curriculum with five career disciplines: hospitality and tourism, finance, information technology, law and engineering. In addition to being a dedicated and effective youth mentor and advocate, Mr. Haynie was instrumental in helping NAF move and expand to its own middle/high school campus.NAF will now provide career enrichment opportunities to twice as many students.

Mr. Haynie recently concluded a term as Chairman of the Board for the Historic Charles Street Association and he currently serves on the board of directors for each of the following professional organizations: The Maryland Tourism Development Board; Visit Baltimore Board of Directors; Charles Street Development Corporation; the Downtown Management Authority, The Downtown Partnership Board of Directors; the Hospitality Advisory Board for the Morgan State University School of Hospitality and The Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association; President of the Waverly Main Street Organization. Mr. Haynie was honored by the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Industry in 2007 as the state’s “Hotelier of the Year” and in 2009 as the “Office of Tourism Development as the ” Mentor of the Year”. Mr. Haynie lives in Baltimore City with his three children Rachel, Michael Jr. and Aaron.

patty_sipesPatty Sipes
Administrative Officer
Patty is an accomplished Executive assistant offering 25+ years of administrative experience reporting to the CEO and other top executives. Patty serves as an effective gatekeeper, preparing well-researched and accurate documents, and efficiently handles day-to-day operations. She performs overall administrative, human resource and accounting duties for the President/CEO and members of the Executive Management Team. As a member herself, she attends department head and other strategic meetings, producing and distributing minutes. She provides efficient and comprehensive secretarial services to the Executive Team, promotes the desired work culture of trust and integrity by maintaining the strictest confidentiality at all times on all matters, and performs related duties and special projects as assigned by management.
davidevansDavid Evans
Legal Counsel
Mr. Evans brings extensive experience in hospitality law and regulation and has served in leadership capacities in government, branded hospitality, and leisure real estate. He has developed a successful track record in legal and government affairs having developed initiatives, and worked directly with business partners, entrepreneurs, policy makers and regulators in the European Union, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

Mr. Evans’ legal career spans both public service and private practice. Prior to joining Parkway Hospitality Management, he was Group Vice President, President Legal – Asia Pacific, for Wyndham Exchange and Rental, the worldwide leader in vacation property exchange and hospitality occupancy and revenue solutions.

Prior to his work with Wyndham, Mr. Evans served as Senior Legislative and Corporate Counsel for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the trade association representing resort developers and managers worldwide and as Associate General Counsel for Sunterra (now Diamond) Resorts, supervising acquisition, resort registration and regulatory matters. He began his career as Senior Attorney to the Florida Division of Land Sales, Condominiums, and Mobile Homes, and served as Assistant General Counsel to the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Mr. Evans and his family live in Silver Spring, Maryland He is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee, and holds a JD from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Evans is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bar Associations and holds a Practicing Certificate from the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority of England and Wales. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Evans served with distinction as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Michele MorrisseyMichele Morrissey
Director of Training
Michele Gilliam Morrissey, M.A. CCC-SLP was born, raised, and currently lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she and her husband, Dale, raise their four children. Michele is a 1992 graduate of Hampton University in the field of Communication Disorders and a 1995 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is also a certified P-ESL Certified Accent Modification Instructor.

Seeing the value of communication coaching beyond the traditional view of a school-based speech-language pathologist, she established Lucidity in 2009. Although she continues to foster effective communication and critical thinking skills in students in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, her clientele and career experience have expanded to include: conducting training in state agencies and community college administrators, training and coaching employees and executives in effective business communication skills,and event-specific preparation for events such as the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus and the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She has also worked with graduate level students to further develop cross-cultural competence in communicating with inner-city youth. Other beneficiaries of her services include aspiring artists and authors who recognize the need to communicate effectively in business contexts and non-native English speakers desiring to diversify their communication skills through accent reduction/modification.

Michele is known for practical application of her knowledge of communication science as it relates to workplace performance. She is a recurring participant of the “Does Image Matter?” panel series hosted by Bmorenews. She has been interviewed on various radio shows sharing information regarding communication in business. Michele has also served as a guest speaker for organizations such as Business Networking International and other sales organizations. She finds her work to be gratifying in knowing that by imparting a little information, she can be a catalyst for growth in trainees’ personal and professional lives.

Natalie West-MakelNatalie West-Makel
Lead Facilitator
Natalie is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Catonsville Community College where she teaches students skills and tools on how to have a professional and successful event and wedding business. She provides students with the necessary information for certification courses in event and wedding planning. Natalie is a graduate of Morgan State University and hold a B.S. in Business Management. Possess excellent and verbal communication skills. Natalie has extensive knowledge of event planning in various business environments and possesses knowledge in project management and organizational skills. Natalie is the Owner and Consultant of Unforgettable Wedding Services.