Business, University of Kentucky
Certified Hotel Administrator accreditation, American Hotel & Lodging Association Ramada Management Program, Cornell University
Formed SharCon, 1990
Bill can be reached at:
William Conway, CHA - President & CEO
A veteran to the hotel industry, Bill Conway leads SharCon with over 45 years of experience. Bill began his career in Lexington Kentucky at age 15 as a dishwasher, and has worked ever since building a solid reputation that earned him Senior Vice President of Operations with Prime Hospitality in the 80's. With over 20 years in management with their parent company, Ramada Inn, Bill became Vice President of the Eastern Region. His accomplishments earned him the honor of "Franchisee of the Year" by Howard Johnson International in 2006, and he was twice selected as "General Manager of the Year" by Ramada for outstanding performance and service.
Bill has been the driving force behind SharCon since forming the Management and Development Company in 1990. Since its formation, SharCon has successfully owned and operated multiple hotels across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing Bill's proven record of rehabilitating run-down hotels and revitalizing pride and opportunity among the staff and communities they serve.
Inspired by his experiences and opportunities with Ramada, Bill has a strong desire to facilitate growth from within SharCon. He developed a mentor program that promotes the core values of the company, a program which has enabled the successful development of many of SharCon's longtime employees, landing them into the Senior Leadership roles they hold today.
Bill remains active in the community and local hospitality industry by serving as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Hotel/Motel Management Curriculum for Montgomery College in Maryland and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Economic and Development Board in Ward 5 of Washington, DC. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Prince William, Greater Manassas, Virginia Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Howard Johnson International.
Under Bill's leadership, SharCon's current portfolio includes the ownership and managing partnership of six hotels, including Best Western Battlefield Inn (Manassas, Virginia); Howard Johnson (Washington, DC North/Cheverly, Maryland); Country Inn & Suites (Fredericksburg, Virginia); Fairfield Inn & Suites (Northeast Washington, DC); and, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (Northeast, Washington, DC).
Revenue Management certifications from Best Western International, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Marriott International
Joined SharCon, 1990
Rocky can be reached at:
Rocky Conway - Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
A legacy since birth, Rocky Conway has served SharCon for over 20 years building his career and reputation in the hotel management business. Having held several positions within the company including sales, marketing, operations and the management of several properties in SharCon's portfolio, Rocky's largest accomplishments are in the success of otherwise run-down hotels. Rocky has an eye for seeing potential in bankrupt properties where other hotel management companies have no interest. He has successfully revitalized dozens of hotels thus achieving 150% market share on all properties that SharCon manages. These hotels have not only become number one in the market for revenue and service scores, they have won several awards for their success including a 2014 Revpar award for the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Northeast Washington, DC.
While Rocky has also been instrumental in securing several multi-million dollar contracts from multiple local and government businesses, he continues to serve his industry and community through his memberships in the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association and the Prince William, Greater Manassas, Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Coppin State College
Certifications from Marriott's CFRST, EDGE, Starr, MARSHA, Intercontinental Hotel Group - Revenue Management
Joined SharCon, 2007
Shawnette can be reached at:
Shawnette James - Regional Director of Operations/Revenue Management
Shawnette has successfully served SharCon in a variety of positions for the past five years. Beginning as pre-opening General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Washington DC, she progressed into other management roles including Director of Sales, Area Manager and Regional Sales Trainer for the company's limited and full service properties. Her experience, including 15 years in general management with Marriott Hotels, and positive track record gave her the foundation for her current position as Director of Operation for SharCon's limited service hotels. Shawnette's responsibilities in this role include the day-to-day operations of the company as well as sales and marketing performance. She oversees the limited service portfolio budget in excess of $15,000.000 dollars annually in her territories which include DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Shawnette's hybrid approach to leadership-made up of experience in sales, marketing and management-provides SharCon with clearly defined, result drive objectives for success.
Hospitality Management, Montgomery College
Certified Hospitality Supervisor accreditation, American Hotel and Lodging Association
Joined SharCon, 2012
Sarah can be reached at:
Sarah Lovejoy, CHS - E-Commerce and Group Sales Manager
With over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, Sarah began her career as a front desk agent before transitioning into sales and catering at a full service hotel in Frederick, Maryland. Throughout her career, Sarah has held several sales management positions, equipping her with the high level of experience she brings to SharCon and their hotel portfolio. Sarah fulfills dual roles at SharCon, overseeing group sales and E-Commerce - her primary focus. As Group Sales Manager for three SharCon properties, she concentrates on maintaining relationships with existing tour and travel clients, booking new business, and acting as liaison between hotel and client. Since joining SharCon Sarah has worked to increase the tour and travel market, where in 2013 she successfully achieved a 25% growth. In her role as E-Commerce Manager, Sarah oversees all aspects of social media including website, internet marketing and monitoring guest reviews on Trip Advisor, Expedia, Booking.com and other travel review sites. Sarah also strives to maintain the company's brand integrity by managing several of the hotels' direct and third party websites and online presence.