ABOUT

Fairway Suites was founded in 2008 by a hotel industry executive who saw opportunities for golf course owners and hotel developers to join together and create exciting, profitable locations. By leveraging our expertise in identifying qualified site locations, we have helped hotel owners acquire property with pre-built desirable amenities, driving new revenue opportunities and maximizing ROI for hotel owners. Our sites provide a country club atmosphere hotel with golf course and clubhouse benefits in or near epicenters of commercial activity that caters to the weekday commercial traveler, as well as leisure weekend clients, creating a highly desirable venue with substantially less development cost. The golf course owner realizes additional daily play and revenue streams which substantially increases his bottom line and the value of the golf property.

LEADERSHIP

JOE F. ROSS, CEO & FOUNDER

Joe Ross is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the hotel, banking, and development industries. Joe’s dynamic background includes owning, operating, and managing 55 hotel properties and 68 restaurant/banquet/meeting facilities; co-founding a community banking operation in the Midwest; and being the co-general partner and owner of the Kansas City Scouts NHL Team (now the New Jersey Devils). Along the way he has managed assets in excess of $250 million with $100 million in sales and over 1,600 employees.

Joe established himself as an award-winning leader early in his career. He was recognized by the office of the U.S. Vice President as Young Man of the Year and Man of the Year. Joe was also honored by the US Naval Reserve and his peers in the hotel industry with their respective Man of the Year designations. Most recently, in 2016, Joe was honored by the National Restaurant Association as Man of the Year meaning a scholarship for leadership will be given annually in his name.

Joe is a dedicated community leader, repeatedly tapped to spearhead industry and civic organizations. His experience includes the following appointments:

  • President, State of Kansas and Greater Kansas City Hotel and Motel Associations
  • President, Kansas City Restaurant Association
  • President, Johnson County, Kansas Hotel Association
  • President, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma Hotel and Motel Association
  • Chairman of the Board, Greater Kansas City Convention Bureau
  • Chairman of the Board, Johnson County Restaurant Association
  • Elected to Board of Governors, Master Hosts International
  • Member, State of Kansas Food and Lodging Board (appointed by two Governors)

Joe’s unique combination of hospitality, financial, and development experience led him to found Fairway Suites. By leveraging the steadfast relationships he established with most major hotel franchise brands during his career, Joe creates “win-win-win” opportunities for golf course operations, hotel brands, and developers.

JEFF MILLER, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Jeff Miller followed an unusual path to his current 25-year career in the golf business, graduating from Indiana University of PA with an engineering degree. Jeff started out his career in the aerospace industry working in Southern California for Northrop Corporation on the B2 Stealth Bomber.

Starting from the ground level, Jeff’s golf course management experience spans throughout every phase of the business. He is a Class A member of the PGA of America; He has significant experience with municipal courses, daily fee courses, resort courses, private clubs, as well as new construction.

In 1993, Jeff co-founded Fore Star Golf Inc. and was Executive Vice President of Operations. During Jeff’s tenure with Fore Star, its portfolio grew to 10 courses. He was responsible for the oversight and supervision of the management and operations of all Fore Star properties. Jeff was also responsible for market analysis, and the formulation and implementation of corporate-level and local marketing plans.

When Fore Star Golf was acquired by Premier Golf Management, Inc. in 2003, Jeff stayed on as Executive VP of Midwest operations. He continued his career when Premier Golf then merged with Dallas based Eagle golf in 2006. Jeff joined GreatLife Golf, Kansas City in 2013 where he helped grow the company exponentially from 4 courses to 18 in a two-year span.

Jeff joined Fairway Suites Development in January 2018 as Director of Business Development. This is a unique opportunity to combine his vast background in golf with the Fairway Suites model of creating business to business relationships between golf courses and hotels. Jeff believes strongly that aggressive marketing and promotion is the key foundation for building gross revenues in the golf course business.

KIRK MILES, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Kirk Miles has a vast knowledge of the business world, with experience running more than 10 businesses both domestic and international. With more than 9 years of experience in the China marketplace, Kirk is a man that civilians and high government officials alike have come to know and trust.

He’s an advocate and innovator of the Special Olympics in China and globally. Alongside his efforts to expand the Special Olympics movement, Kirk is the co-founder of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which has generated in excess of $700,000,000 USD for the movement. 

Kirk now oversees several companies within the Affinity Worldwide portfolio of companies, including working closely with Joe Ross, Founder & CEO of a hotel pre-development company, Fairway Suites Development, LLC., combining his golf course experience with his hotel ambitions.