Executive Staff


Michael James, President, and COOmjweb

Michael James is currently the President and COO of Hospitality Partners, and Managing Partner of the Carousel Group. With over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, Michael has managed a wide array of hotels, both independent and franchise, including Sheraton, Guest Quarters Suites, Embassy Suites, Doubletree and Marriott. With the company’s acquisition of the famed Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condominiums, Michael was named Managing Partner in the spring of 2000. For the next several years he led the restoration and repositioning of this Maryland landmark following several turbulent years for the Carousel prior to Hospitality Partner’s acquisition.

In 2011, Michael was instrumental in expanding the Carousel Groups resort presence as a partner in the purchase and repositioning of the Atlantic Oceanfront Inn and Coastal Palms Beach Hotel. Michael grew the company further in 2013 with the addition of Bonita Beach Hotel, and again in 2014 with Crystal Beach Oceanfront Hotel. In late 2015, Tidelands Caribbean Oceanfront Hotel & Suites was added as the sixth Carousel Group Hotel, and in 2019 Cayman Hotel & Suites became the newest addition to the group. Hospitality Partners also manages four hotels in Virginia, one in Chevy Chase, MD., and one near Baltimore.

Michael currently Chairs the Ocean City Economic Development Committee, is a member of both the Ocean City Tourism Commission and Tourism Advisory Board, and a member and former Chairman of the Maryland Tourism Development Board. Michael previously served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and formerly served nine years on the Board of Trustees for Atlantic General Hospital.


Michelle Emley, Vice President, OperationsMichelleEmleyweb

In her role as Vice President of Operations, Michelle Emley is responsible for the operational performance of our portfolio of hotels. Since joining Hospitality Partners in 1996, Michelle has served in roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of Sales, Human Resources, and Operations. Michelle has served as the General Manager of both Hilton and Marriott properties and has multi-property experience. Ms. Emley earned a B.A. degree from Shepherd University and is SPHR certified.

Ray Smith, Director of Information Technology
Ray Smith joined Hospitality Partners in 1999 as the Director of Information Technology. Since that time, he has overseen the IT design and construction of seven new hotels and the renovation of two others. His current responsibilities include purchasing, installation, maintenance, support and both the design and development of current and future IT systems for Hospitality Partners and HP managed hotels. Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

Jim-GlennonwebJames B. Glennon III, Development

Mr. Glennon joined Hospitality Partners in 2004 and is responsible for new business development, including feasibility/economic analyses, site acquisition, equity, and debt financing, development administration, and contract negotiation, including leases, partnership agreements, and third party management contracts. With more than 30 years of finance, planning, and administration background in the travel industry, Mr. Glennon has worked with airline, airline catering, and hotel companies. He graduated from Davidson and holds an MBA in Corporate Planning from Wharton.