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Former JQH exec signs on with O'Reilly Hospitality

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O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC has hired former John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts executive Scott Tarwater as the company's chief development officer.

Tarwater is the former executive vice president of development for JQH Hotels.

“I am thrilled to be joining the very talented O’Reilly Hospitality Management family, and I am looking forward to leveraging our many assets for new public and private hotel developments, acquisitions and third party management opportunities,” Tarwater said in a news release.

As vice president of development at JQH Hotels, Tarwater managed the strategic direction of the company's public and private hotel, resort and convention center developments. He also previously served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company and as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Windsor Hospitality Group, according to the release.

"We are very pleased and excited to welcome Scott to our team," O’Reilly Hospitality CEO Tim O’Reilly said in the release. "His experience and knowledge in the hotel industry, combined with his solid judgment and business instincts, will be fantastic assets to our company as it continues to grow.”

O'Reily Hospitality Management in March opened a $9.8 million, 140,000-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn at The Shoppes at James River, the site where it opened a Houlihan's location in September. The company also manages another Houlihan's on north Glenstone Avenue adjacent to its Doubletree Hotel site, a Baymont Inn & Suites in Branson and Yellowstone Valley Lodge in Livingston, Mont., according to its Web site.

Tarwater left JQH Hotels in October amid a company shakedown in which founder John Q. Hammons was hospitalized and Jacquie Dowdy was named company CEO. Tarwater was offered a severance package - which came paired with a noncompete clause - but declined, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

“Scott approached Jacquie Dowdy and (Human Resources Vice President) Kent Foster and indicated he had some other interests he wanted to pursue,” Justin Harris, JQH general counsel, said at the time. “He said that he recognized hotel development industrywide and within our company was slow. He asked whether he could be released to pursue other interests.”

Tarwater joined JQH Hotels in 2000, according to SBJ archives.
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