President

Anthony Menna President MDM Headshot

Anthony Menna is a true American success story and a staple to the economy in the Tampa Bay Area. Growing up, he worked in the family business: a non-room hotel in Clearwater, Florida, responsible for maintenance work on the hotel premises as well as work in housekeeping. As the business grew to include multiple hotels, Mr. Menna gained valuable knowledge in the acquisition, development, construction, renovation, and day-to-day operations of hotel properties, which has become the solid foundation of how he develops and manages all his properties.

Today, as founder and president of Menna Development & Management, Inc. (MDM), Mr. Menna has been directly involved in the acquisition, financing, design and turnkey development of more than 30 hotel properties in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Menna developed and operated the first hotel and suites version of the Holiday Inn full-service hotel in the country. He has also developed and turn-keyed six full-service hotels in the Tampa Bay area.

In addition, he has developed and operated numerous branded select service hotels and many other non-branded hotels. In his capacity as a General Contractor, Mr. Menna constructed more than 60 Manchu Wok Chinese restaurants across the United States for the start-up franchise. He has also constructed travel parks, office buildings, numerous residences, apartments and condominium complexes. Moreover, he also developed and constructed “The Belle Aqua Villa Townhomes” located on Clearwater Beach that were completed in 2006.

With Mr. Menna at the helm, MDM has become a leader in the hotel development and management industry on the West Coast of Florida. Mr. Menna was awarded Business Man of the Year for 2009. In 2013, MDM was ranked #8 on the Tampa Bay Business Journal on the Commercial Development Firms rankings list. In 2009 and 2010, MDM was listed in the #10 spot by the Tampa Bay Business Journal on the Commercial Development Firms rankings list.

MDM also received the Outstanding Contribution to Marriott Award at the 2009 Marriott Owners’ Conference. In 2008, MDM was recognized as a Top Commercial Firm by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. MDM was ranked #5 of the Top 100 Developers by Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2007; winner of the 2006 Business of the Year Award by the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce; 1998 Top 100 Owners/Developers as listed in Hotel Business Magazine; and among the Top 200 Hotel Management Companies in the United States by Hotel Business Magazine.

In 1997 Mr. Menna received the Newcomer of the Year Award from Holiday Inns Worldwide.

In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Menna’s hotels have won many prestigious awards over the years. The St. Petersburg Marriot Clearwater hotel was awarded the Service Excellence Award from Marriott International’s National Owners’ Association for 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2010, the hotel was also nominated for the 2009 Operation of the Year Award for a Full Service Marriott Hotel by Marriott International.

In 2009, the St. Petersburg Marriott was awarded Business of the Year by the St. Petersburg Chamber Foundation and the Residence Inn Northpointe was awarded Business of the Year by Pasco County, FL. Also in 2009, the Residence Inn Northpointe was awarded the highest distinction of Platinum Hotel Award and the Most Improvement – Maintenance and Upkeep award from Marriott International. In 2009, the Residence Inn Oldsmar was awarded the Business of the Year Award by the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In 2008, Mr. Menna’s Residence Inn in Lutz, FL was awarded the Industry of the Year Award for New Business in Pasco County, FL and was awarded for Guest Satisfaction and upgraded to Platinum status as well as received the Design and Construction Excellence Award given at the 2009 Marriott Owner’s Conference; it was also appointed the first green lodging hotel in Pasco County, FL by the Florida Green Lodging Program.

The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, now the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, has received Carlson’s President’s Award for 6 consecutive years; was ranked #1 Southeast Top Performer by Carlson Hospitality in 2007; received the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Future of the Region Development Award and Honors for Notable Achievement in Resource and Planning in 2002; and received the Pinellas Mid-County Chamber’s 2002 Business Distinction Award for Design. In addition, The Residence Inn in Oldsmar, FL received the Business of the Year Award for 2009.

Mr. Menna’s Courtyard by Marriott in Oldsmar has been the winner of the Triumph of Spirit and placed amongst the “Best of the Best” for Quality Assurance Operations from Marriott International. In 2002 his Hampton Inn, Clearwater, was ranked in the top 5% nationally and 3rd in the State of Florida. In 1998 Mr. Menna’s Holiday Inn, Port Richey, received the prestigious “Hotel of the Year Award” for having the highest rating in guest satisfaction and revenue.

Additionally, Mr. Menna’s hotels have received numerous Gold Hospitality Awards from Choice Hotels, which is given to only the top 3% performing hotels in the country for the brand. Through the years, Mr. Menna and his hotels have received many other awards

Mr. Menna is currently the principal partner/owner in multiple lodging facilities, including the newly renovated, full service St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Mr. Menna recently sold a cluster of Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn in Oldsmar, FL in conjunction with the Residence Inn in Lutz, FL.

The Staybridge Suites hotel which was completed and opened on February 17, 2014 is an extended stay product by IHG, located in St. Petersburg’s midtown district. The new hotel serves the many hospitals and other businesses located in that market.

A student of the University of Florida, Mr. Menna is also a Certified Real Estate Appraiser and Broker, Certified Mortgage Broker and Board of Directors of the Florida Board of Real Estate Certified Instructor. He is a licensed General Contractor in the state of Florida, and Mr. Menna has been a Certified Hospitality Administrator for the past 15 years.