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On August 22, 2005, Frank Speranza, then Vice President of Operations with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the nation's largest independent hotel management company, announced his plans to leave Interstate after 10 years to start Hospitality Talent Scouts, Inc. (HTS). Frank credits his successful hospitality career with his ability to hire the right people for the right positions at the right time. His belief that there is a tremendous need for a timely, cost-effective source of talented, qualified people in the hospitality industry, and a lack of qualified people to provide this source, inspired Speranza to launch HTS
Frank began his 10-year career with Interstate as General Manager of the Somerset Marriott in Somerset, New Jersey. He originally joined Interstate with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, which merged with Interstate Hotels in 2002. Frank spent the last 5 years of his career with Interstate as an Operational Vice President, overseeing portfolios of branded and upscale independent hotels, including those in Toronto, New York City, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and other major U.S. cities. His portfolio sizes ranged from 15 to 26 hotels each. In his span of time with Interstate, he was affiliated with 70 different hotels in 30 different markets.
Prior to joining Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Frank spent 10 years directly working in New York City hotels. His positions included General Manager of The Kimberly Suites Hotel, Resident Manager of Hilton's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, Opening Executive Assistant General Manager of The Macklowe Hotel and Conference Center, now known as The Millennium Broadway Hotel and Conference Center, and Rooms Division Manager of Hilton International's New York Vista Hotel at The World Trade Center, later known as The Marriott World Trade Center before its destruction in 2001.
Frank began his hospitality career as a housekeeping houseman at the age of 17. He is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality Management. Upon graduation, he worked for Marriott International for 5 years. He has been recognized by his employers with distinguished honors such as his induction into the Waldorf=Astoria Distinguished Alumni Association, which recognizes industry leaders; in 1998, he was honored by then-employer MeriStar Hotels and Resorts as General Manager of the Year. Frank has dedicated 30 years to the hospitality business, helping others to grow and succeed. He has been a mentor, friend, and close advisor to many successful individuals in the industry.