The season of giving starts with Giving Tuesday


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s exorbitant consumerism behind us, it’s time to focus on what the holiday season should truly be about – giving. Giving Tuesday is a social media movement meant to foster collaboration and charity within our own communities. However, it’s much more than just a hashtag for two of our Tampa Bay hotels.

The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa just received their donation drop-off boxes today to benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Holiday Inn Clearwater has been collecting donations to benefit The Kind Mouse, an organization that combats hunger in the Tampa Bay area, since before Thanksgiving.

The Barrymore is looking motivate guests and anyone in the Tampa Bay community to drop by with their non-perishable food items for Metro Min with a giveaway. The hotel is offering a chance to win a one-room one-night stay when you bring at least 3 non-perishable food items to the bins. But here’s the catch (and it’s a good one): The more you donate, the more chances you have to win – just fill out an entry form for every 3 items you bring and leave it with the Front Desk. Learn more about how the giveaway works. Donations/entries accepted 11/29/16 through 12/13/16.

Clearwater’s Holiday Inn located in the business district is once again a drop-off location for the Kind Mouse food drive. This charity does some incredible things within the Tampa Bay area to combat hunger. The organization provides programs to help those in need year round, not just during the holiday season. Their Family Assistance program is a 90 day program that offers food, housewares, pet food and career coaching to displaced career individuals while they get back on their feet. The “Mouse Nibbles” program feeds the “hungriest of hungry” children in Tampa Bay, delivering non-perishable food items to schools each week for children to bring home on the weekends. This program even provides school supplies twice a year to students. Donations accepted 11/21/16 through 12/12/16.

The Barrymore Hotel is located at 111 West Fortune St, Tampa FL 33602 and is situated directly across the street from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. If you’re in Pinellas County near St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport, drop your donations at Holiday Inn Clearwater, located at 3535 Ulmerton Road, near the Gold & Diamond Source.


“When All is Said and Done, More is Usually Said Than Done” – Lou Holtz



I am not a big Lou Holtz fan, however during his years as the head football coach at Notre Dame University he did share some glorious nuggets of wisdom. “When all is said and done, more is usually said than done” has always been an all to often forgotten favorite of mine. For me this quote has always been a reminder to do more walking the walk than talking the talk even though these days I seem to be too busy to do seldom more than talk the walk or has Coach Holtz may have put it saying the done.


As I blur through my days in and out of the many hotels and operations that we have here at H.I. Development I must constantly remind myself that I am always under the scrutiny of employees. They watch my every action to gauge both my belief in what I say as well my practice of the same.


The people most influenced by my actions aren’t always aware of how many projects I have going, how late I am for the next meeting, or the incredible amount of paperwork piling up on my desk. They only know what I ask them to do. Of course I am always quick to remind them that I never ask them to do anything I wouldn’t do or haven’t done myself. If you make statements like that you better make sure you are modeling the behaviors that you are expecting from everyone else.


Personally, my success has all come from walking the walk and backing up the talk. With increased responsibility and the need to delegate the many tasks necessary to keep the organization running smoothly has made me feel like I spend a lot of time talking about the walk.


As Managers and Supervisors we all have to remember that no matter how busy we are we must make a very conscious effort to make sure that when all is said and done that as much if not more was done as said.



by: Larry E. Collier, Jr., Director of Operations