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Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Julian MacQueen is CEO and Founder of Innisfree Hotels. His hospitality career started four decades ago with a summer job as a bus boy.   He founded Innisfree Hotels in 1985 leaving a comfortable position as the Executive Vice President of the Family Inns of America for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship. 

Since then his company has grown from a single property operation to one of the largest hotel management companies in the southern United States with over 2000 rooms and 1000 employees.  

A charismatic leader, he inspires loyalty in his team and a company-wide commitment to outstanding customer service and hospitality. His vision, tenacity and ability to build alliances has resulted in many growth opportunities for Innisfree.

Innisfree’s success is partly attributed to Julian’s mandate of fostering a work place culture that celebrates creativity, dignity and principled corporate citizenship. Under his guidance, Innisfree recently adopted a Triple Bottom Line business model which means implementing the use of an expanded spectrum of criteria for measuring success that values communities, sustainability and profit in equal measure.  

Julian has been married to Kim MacQueen for almost four decades and has two children Skye and Jonathan, and two grandchildren.  He’s a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BS in Psychology, a pilot, and ardent Crimson Tide fan.  Roll Tide.

 His current professional memberships and affiliations include:

Certified Hotel Administrator
Board Member – Gulf Power
Board Member and Major Stockholder – Beach Community Bank, Ft Walton Beach, Florida
Charter Chairman and Board Member – Independence for the Blind of Northwest Florida
Cabinet Member – Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
Advisory Board Member – Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Florida
International Advisory Board for the Baha`i Chair at the University of Maryland
Pensacola Five Flags Rotary – Honorary Member
Tocqueville Society – United Way
Take Stock in the Children Foundation
Wicab Brainport Board Member
Chairman Escambia Destination Marketing Organization
WSRE (PBS) Wine and Food Classic Event Chairman

His former professional memberships and affiliations include:

Vice President and Advisory Board Member – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Tourism Bureau
Charter Member – Alabama Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA)
President and Charter Member – Chattanooga, Tennessee Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA)
Board Member and Major Stockholder – First American Bank, Pensacola, FL
Blue Ribbon University of South Alabama Alumni Advisory Council of the Governor
University of West Florida College of Business Advisory Council – Financial Resource Committee 2004
Honorary Commander of 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base
Florida Western Gate Economic Development Council (FWG EDC)
Board of Governors  – Pensacola State College Foundation
Board Member – Quality International Franchise Advisory Board, Region III
Investment Committee Member Baha`i World Center, Haifa, Israel