On May 19th, 1956, MMI opened its first property — a Holiday Inn in Meridian, Mississippi. It may seem like a humble beginning, but this was just the first step down a long and successful road for Mike Sturdivant, his uncle, J.C. Wilbourne, and his old Harvard Business School roommate, Earle Jones. Looking back on our history, it seems fitting that MMI started by bringing together family and old friends.

Even then, MMI was a visionary company. Holiday Inn was a very young chain, but Mike saw the potential for something huge. The industry has changed a lot since then, but some things have stayed the same. MMI is still a leader and innovator in the industry and we still believe in good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.


We are proud that MMI Hotel Group and its managed properties have been honored with many industry awards over the years. A recent example of the impact that MMI can provide to a community is its recognition by The Newcomen Society of the United States. Over the last 80 years, Newcomen has developed an enviable reputation for its support of free enterprise, its recognition of America's outstanding companies, large or small, and its support of the study of business history.

More importantly, MMI had established and bestows its own internal “best of the best” awards—for both teams and individuals at the local property level—that reward excellence and recognize achievement. These awards foster a sense of family while fueling the competitive fires that result in superior experiences for our guests and customers.

Business Plan

MMI has evolved as a hotel management company, but through continuous improvement, positioned itself for exciting growth.  Multiple projects showcasing the depth and breadth of MMI team members' talents are in process.  Business intelligence tools have been tweaked.  The hotel management company's leadership team has been renewed with seasoned industry professionals bringing their experience in aspirational organizations to their responsibilities at MMI Hotel Group.  A priority on people remains.  Today, MMI seeks partnerships with owners who expect a professional, personalized support system for their hospitality investments. 

The eBrochure provided at the top of the page is a downloadable resource which builds on the beliefs shared herein.