Hammons ‘back in the saddle’ after surgery

Matt Wagner, SBJ ReporterSpringfield hotelier John Q. Hammons underwent surgery late last year, but he’s fully recovered and “back in the saddle,” according to right-hand man Scott Tarwater.

Media reports of the 89-year-old Hammons falling ill began surfacing late last year. Here’s one from The Idaho Statesman.

John Q. HammonsTarwater, senior vice president of development for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts Inc., politely declined to reveal the nature of his boss’ health issues, although he did say that Hammons has finished the required rehabilitation and been cleared by his physicians.

“It needed to be done. It was done. And he’s back in the saddle,” Tarwater said, adding that the surgery didn’t delay any of the company’s hotel projects.

In the last three months, Hammons opened hotels in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; San Marcos, Texas; and Norman, Okla. Next on the list this spring are hotels in Normal, Ill., and Loveland, Colo.

Tarwater said Hammons is still in a holding pattern regarding a four-star hotel in downtown Springfield between the Expo Center and Jordan Valley Car Park. In September, City Council granted Hammons’ request to move the hotel’s construction date back to April 1, 2010, in hopes frozen credit markets would thaw out.

“The financial markets have got to right themselves and come back to some semblance of sanity,” Tarwater said.


0 Responses to “Hammons ‘back in the saddle’ after surgery”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Latest Headlines from SBJ.net

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

SBJ Tweets

Archived Blog Posts

All content © 2008 SBJ Publishing Inc.

*The newsroom blog of Springfield Business Journal

%d bloggers like this: