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SBJ Inside Look: Hammons Asset Sale

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Springfield Business Journal investigates the bankruptcy and asset sale of late hotelier John Q. Hammons' former holdings.

Oct. 8, 2018: JQH Arena naming rights settled, now available 

Sept. 24, 2018: Future of Tower Club uncertain

Aug. 22, 2018: John Q. Hammons’ former home under new ownership

June 18, 2018: Atrium Hospitality assumes management of JQH Hotels & Resorts properties

May 21, 2018: Want to buy John Q. Hammons' former home?

May 21, 2018: JQH bankruptcy settlement confirmed; creditors to appeal

May 7, 2018: Court sets timeline for JQH lien holders to file objections

March 26, 2018: Sports Hall of Fame stays with new Hammons trust

March 12, 2018: Judge allows $500M creditor claim in JQH bankruptcy

March, 5, 2018: Creditors object to Hammons bankruptcy settlement

March, 5, 2018: City, MSU file objections in Hammons case

Feb. 26, 2018: The Hammons Asset Sale: Largest bankruptcy creditor lines up $1B buyout

Aug. 1, 2016: Investor calls for JQH bankruptcy dismissal

July 5, 2016: JQH to consider restructure in wake of Ch. 11

May 27, 2015: Two years after Hammons' death, no new court developments

Dec. 16, 2014: Year in Review: Hammons Fallout

Nov. 10, 2014: Judge: Over 30 Hammons' properties to be sold

June 3, 2013: 'The Classic Entrepreneur'

Highs, Lows with Hammons

Over five decades, John Q. Hammons developed some 210 hotel properties across 40 states. Here’s a look at major turning points during and after the hotelier’s commercial development tenure.


John Q. Hammons partners with Roy Winegardner to purchase 10 Holiday Inn franchises.


Hammons and Winegardner found Winegardner & Hammons Inc.


Still partnering with Winegardner, Hammons establishes John Q. Hammons Hotels Inc.


Hammons and Winegardner sell 23 hotels to Holiday Inn for upwards of $60 million, becoming the largest shareholders of the hotel company.


Hammons sells 6 million shares of JQH Hotels & Resorts to the public for more than $100 million, retaining 77 percent ownership; it was traded on the American Stock Exchange.


Hammons returns JQH Hotels & Resorts to private ownership through a complex transaction with Jonathan Eilian, who then indirectly owns 43 of Hammons’ hotels.


Jacquie Dowdy assumes CEO position of JQH Hotels & Resorts, as Hammons steps down to battle multiple cardiovascular, lung and pulmonary disorders.


Eilian contests that debtors of Hammons’ estate breached a right-of-first-refusal agreement developed in the 2005 privatization of JQH Hotels & Resorts.


Hammons dies May 26 at 94 years old.


Eilian files supplemental complaint concerning the 2005 right-of-first-refusal agreement, seeking allowed purchases of Hammons’ assets.


JQH Hotels files Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stalling Eilian’s acquisition efforts.


JQH Hotels agrees to bankruptcy settlement with Eilian, the largest creditor.

Sources:, bankruptcy court records, Springfield Business Journal archives


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