Hammons-Managed Hotels Sue To Remove Company’s CEO

Jacquie Dowdy (front row center) with fellow members of the John Q. Hammons Hotels management team. Photo courtesy John Q. Hammons Hotels.

Tumult and controversy continue to follow John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. Atrium TRS, LLC, a company which owns more than half the 78 hotels JQH Hotels manages, filed a lawsuit in Delaware against the management company’s CEO, Jacquie Dowdy, for breach of contract. As KOLR 10 in Springfield explains:

Atrium says its agreement allows it to have direct say over who serves in top management roles at JQH. It claims Dowdy took over from Hammons despite objections by the Atrium group.

The suit also claims Dowdy gave herself Hammons’ $200,000 salary and paid out more than $1 million in bonuses in violation of the management agreement with Atrium.

Dowdy’s role at John Q. Hammons Hotels has been the subject of considerable local scrutiny since she took over for company founder Hammons in 2010. Dowdy’s ascension to CEO coincided with a brief disappearance by Hammons. After more than a month missing, Hammons was found at a local care facility with contact limited to his family. An internal company memo leaked to the media said Hammons was retiring. Dowdy, Vice President and Treasurer of John Q. Hammons Hotels at the time of Hammons’s disappearance, was named CEO and successor to Hammons’s trust.

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