Glenn Pedersen began his career as president of Pineapple Management Services in 1994. His responsibilities are to oversee hotel development, construction, and design and management, including contract negotiations, guest and employee satisfaction, capital expenditure planning, budgeting, and the day-to-day operations of all hotels. Mr. Pedersen has been involved in the hotel industry for over 34 years, starting out his career as a front office manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976. Through his hard work and dedication, he has become an epitome of success throughout his career.
In 1980, Mr. Pedersen began working for Marriott International where he was assigned to the New Orleans Marriott full service hotel. After four years in the full service hotel division, he was given the responsibility of opening his first Marriott hotel in Columbus, Georgia. He was completely responsible for the operation of the hotel and was proud to produce $2.5 million dollars in annual sales in the first year. Having proven his ability to succeed, Mr. Pedersen was promoted to the Marriott Corporation/Courtyard division regional director of rooms in 1987, where he oversaw the opening of 25 hotels during the course of 14 months.
In November of 1987, Mr. Pedersen was promoted again to regional manager of the Courtyard/Fairfield Inn division in Georgia and Alabama, where he supervised the complete strategic and operational responsibility of 29 Courtyard and Fairfield Inns, representing over $75 million dollars in sales. At that time, Mr. Pedersen achieved the highest market share and yield goals in the Southeastern United States, and was the one out of four managers to qualify for the Courtyard Division Achievement Forum recognition program seven years in a row.
In 1994, Mr. Pedersen left Marriott International and started Pineapple Management Services where he developed, built, and opened 20 Marriott hotels in three-and-a-half years.
purchased Pineapple Management Services and 11 hotels in December 2001. From that base, a portfolio of 40 hotels were purchased, renovated, and re-positioned. By 2006, Encore managed a total of 40 hotels in thirteen states and later sold the entire portfolio in August 2007.