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Our Team
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Our team

To every project and every investor, private or institutional, we devote our experience and expertise.
All of our staff have at least 10 years experience. Learn more about our executive team.

David Swift, Chairman and CEO
David co-founded Swift Hospitality Group with his wife Jan in 2003. He assists the executive team in negotiating select financial arrangements and the pursuit and due diligence of new development projects. He also plays a major role in motivating the rest of the Swift Hospitality Group team as it grows by reinforcing the spirit of hard work and family values with which he and Jan began the company. Recently, David was integral in developing the partnership with Highland Community College to create the HCC Hospitality Management program. The new associate of applied science degree in Hospitality Management is designed to provide pathways for individuals pursuing a career in the hotel and hospitality industry. David is also a respected public and corporate speaker.

Jan Swift, Corporate Secretary/Treasurer
Jan co-founded Swift Hospitality Group with her husband David in 2003. Like David, she motivates the rest of the Swift Hospitality Group team by reinforcing the spirit of hard work and family values with which she and he began the company, and collaborates with the senior staff and management.

Brice Swift, Executive Director and Vice President of Development
Brice is involved in all new development, new construction, and major renovations of Swift Hospitality Group properties. He has high expectations and standards for all of these projects, resulting in exquisitely maintained and developed properties. On a franchisee level, he has played a key role in Swift Hospitality Group's development of the new Cambria Suites by Choice Hotels. Brice, who has been with the company since 2004, obviously has learned the importance of hard work and family values from David and Jan, but also brings his own strong value system to bear within the corporate culture, including his strong conviction in quality as an organizational cornerstone, with quality being defined first and foremost by the customer.

Amy Swift Johnson, Executive Director, Swift Hospitality Group, and Executive Director, Freeport Assisted Living, LLC. DBA WinnPrairie
Amy jointly represents the Swift family’s interest with Brice Swift and collaborates with the executive team to ensure the corporate goals and objectives are reached. She plays a leadership role within the company as a representative of the Swift family in all aspects of the business. Amy supports an innovative culture that combines the spirit of hard work, family values, and continued personal and professional development. As the liaison between the Swift family and Highland Community College’s Hospitality Management Program, she is committed to enhancing the hospitality industry with a knowledgeable, well-rounded workforce. Her strong tie to the community strengthens her commitment to providing exceptional service and experience through all SHG partnerships.

Pam Thrasher, President
Pam is responsible for overall strategic planning, organizational development, new business, investor relations, franchise relations, and leads the organization in reviewing each new development and management opportunity. Pam’s focus is on Swift Hospitality Group’s mission of maximizing the value of every asset. As an accomplished management professional with more than 30 years of experience, Pam leads the operations for Swift Hospitality Group. She concentrates on profitability through revenue management and expense control, adherence to brand standards, property maintenance, and guest satisfaction. Her determination for efficiency and constant improvement keeps the Swift Hospitality Group team moving in a positive direction. Pam spent twenty years in the Insurance business prior to hospitality. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Kraig Wheat, Chief Financial Officer
Kraig started with Swift Hospitality Group in January 2007. Kraig’s primary day-to-day responsibility is planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. Kraig also provides strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting Swift Hospitality Group. Some of the key areas of his leadership are accounts payable and receivable, relationships with corporate banking partners, construction development and project accounting, relationships with equity partners, and Swift Hospitality Group’s ongoing work with its corporate CPAs.

Matt Jacobs, Executive Vice President of Operations
Matt is responsible for a wide variety of important day-to-day functions, such as working with our hotels to improve operating efficiencies, increasing guest satisfaction, reducing expenses, and boosting revenues. He has multiple years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting as a guest service representative. Matt, who has been with the company since 2004, has been an integral part of opening multiple properties as a General Manager. He consistently generates a fast ramp-up, and all properties have achieved top guest service rankings.

Ty Fehlhafer, Senior Director of Operations
As Senior Director of Operations, Ty is responsible for the operations of a portfolio of our hotels. He works directly with each hotel’s management team to maximize guest satisfaction as well as profitability. Ty has also established a preferred vendor network for our properties, leveraging the Swift Hospitality Group portfolio to reduce costs and provide best in class service from each vendor. Ty has multiple years of experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as the opening General Manager at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Elk Grove Village, IL. Ty has also held the positions of Director of Guest Experience and Brand Standards and Director of Procurement and Asset Management with Swift Hospitality Group.

Grant Stafford, Director of Revenue Management
Grant is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day revenue activities of each property to ensure each hotel is maximizing their inventory and rate potential. Grant has many years of hotel experience ranging from Director of Sales, AGM, Revenue Manager, and then assuming the lead as GM at one of our most successful properties. Grant will be integrated directly with each hotel to realize and maximize opportunities each property has on a day-to-day basis, helping to further infiltrate markets and grow revenue segments. Grant has been with Swift Hospitality Group since 2011 and is looking forward to promoting the Swift culture into all forms of revenue generation.

Maggie Siebert, Executive Administrative Assistant
Maggie is responsible for a wide variety of jobs that include general bookkeeping, analysis of financial reports, and management of the day-to-day functions in the Swift Hospitality Group corporate office. Maggie comes to the company with multiple years in the hospitality field, having started with Swift Hospitality Group in January 2011 at the Country Inn & Suites in Freeport, IL as a Front Desk Agent and then was promoted to Assistant General Manager. Maggie is the proud recipient of the 2013 Front Desk Agent of the Year and the 2014 Assistant General Manager of the Year awards.