Posts Tagged 'John Q. Hammons'

Private Hammons funeral stood out in 2013

Brian Brown, ReporterAs 2013 draws to a close, it seems only natural to reflect on the year’s highlights.

This year, challenging stories were common, but one stands out above the rest from my reporter’s desk: the May 29 private funeral of John Q. Hammons. Continue reading ‘Private Hammons funeral stood out in 2013’

Hotel icon waxes philosophical on service

Brian Brown, ReporterBKD Wealth Advisors paid $10,000 per hour to get advice from the former president of Ritz-Carlton Hotels. This week, I got 10 minutes from him for free. Continue reading ‘Hotel icon waxes philosophical on service’

A look at Hammons’ casino license

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorOut of the Chicago area this week comes a report on the life of John Q. Hammons and his impact on the city of Joliet.

Did you know Hammons is responsible for bringing riverboat gaming to a city southwest of Chicago?

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What others are saying about Hammons

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorA few more stories about the life and business of John Q. Hammons have rolled into our newsroom.

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Colleagues not short on Hammons’ stories

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorFollowing the May 26 death of Springfield businessman John Q. Hammons, we asked Springfield Business Journal readers for their most memorable experiences with the iconic hotelier and philanthropist. I’m posting a few below and expect more to come in.

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2005 interview captures legacy of John Q. Hammons

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorAs I was reflecting on the legacy of John Q. Hammons and scanning through our editorial archives, I stumbled upon a column I wrote in July 2005. I was granted a face-to-face interview in his office in the John Q. Hammons Building, and we chatted on the record for about 15 minutes.

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Happy birthday, Mr. Hammons and farewell, Mr. Wessel

Maria Hoover, SBJ Features EditorInterviewing businesspeople from all walks of business is just part of the grind that comes with my job, so it’s a good thing I enjoy it. There are, of course, the interview subjects who are unforgettable, but there are also interviews I wish I’d done but missed my chances during the last 12 years. This month, two businessmen – one in each category – are on my mind. Continue reading ‘Happy birthday, Mr. Hammons and farewell, Mr. Wessel’

O’Reilly Hospitality follows in JQH footsteps

Eric Olson, SBJ Editor

What one Springfield hotel development company couldn’t pull off in 2009, another Springfield hotel development company is attempting in 2012.

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Hammons’ health situation a matter of public concern

Geoff Pickle, Web Editor

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s inquiry concerning the condition of John Q. Hammons and his businesses has quickly become a hot ticket news item.

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USA Today is on to us

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorAn article posted this morning on cites Springfield Business Journal reporter Chris Wrinkle’s cover story on the convention center hotel debate waging in downtown Springfield.

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