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Local artist/author Cyrus A. Webb Makes His Own History
Contact: Cyrus A. Webb
After five years in the hotel industry, Cyrus A. Webb (aka C. A. Webb) embarks on new territory. On Wednesday, October 23, 2002, he was promoted to General Manager of the Best Western Executive Inn in Downtown Jackson, MS. This makes him the youngest General Manager downtown as well as the only African American General Manager in the area.
"It was a BIG step for me, both professionally and artistically," said Webb. "I spent three years working myself up at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Ramada Inn Coliseum), and then two years as the Guest Services Manager (Asst. Manager) of the Holiday Inn Express--- now I get to put all that experience to work in a new project."
The 62-room Best Western Executive Inn has been open since June 4, 2001 and is owned by Henry Patel. Webb was approached about the new opportunity earlier in the year by Henry but just recently gave serious thought to the move. In June 2002, he joined the Best Western Executive Inn as the Asst. Manager and was thrilled at the new appointment. "It will be a lot more responsibility for me as a manager," remarks Webb. "I have been given complete control over the property, including forecasting, setting revenue goals and supervising all hotel personnel. Already I have improved the breakfast into a deluxe continental treat, added a manager's reception on Wednesday night with free pizza for our guests from SoulShine Pizza, and brought new base accounts to the hotel. The property has many selling points that the public are not aware of. It will be my goal to truly SELL the fact that the Best Western Executive Inn is a reputable hotel and home away from home."
After having his art shows visited by over 15, 000 and hundreds attend his poetry readings, how will this promotion affect Webb's devotion to the Arts? "I think that artistically this is a wise decision, as well. I will be able to better manipulate my schedule to include as many (art) showings and (poetry) readings as I would like, even hosting them at the hotel. My free time will really be MINE. Who could ask for anything better than that?"
Cyrus A. Webb can be reached at (601) 969-6555. The hotel fax number is (601) 353-7468.