Mr. Drinkard is in the Hospitality Management division, his major hotel management experience began in Massachusetts, where he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Boston Copley Plaza and later served as the Vice-President of both Hotels of Distinction and Resorts of Distinction, which owned hotels and resorts on Cape Cod, in the Bahamas, Arizona, Rhode Island, Florida and New Mexico. During this time, Mr. Drinkard was involved with various renovations of the Copley Plaza, built in 1912, and the total renovation of the Cape Codder Hotel, a 100 year old resort in Falmouth, Massachusetts, where he was the Managing Director from 1981 through 1985
Relocating to Albuquerque in 1985, he achieved national recognition for the rehabilitation and management of the 450 room Albuquerque Hilton Hotel, for which he built the Ranchers Club of New Mexico, the state’s premier restaurant. After building yet another Rancher’s Club in Tucson, Tilden returned to Albuquerque to operate La Posada de Albuquerque, built in 1939, and successfully renovated, repositioned and refinanced this historic boutique hotel. In 1996, he oversaw the renovation and conversion of the Ramada Classic to the Sheraton Uptown. The Sheraton Uptown was recognized in 1997/8 as one of the top 50 Sheratons in North America. From 1998 until 2005 he was a principal in a development group in Downtown Albuquerque which owned and operated La Posada de Albuquerque and the construction of luxury live/work and retail condominium projects.
For the last 9 years, he has contracted with owners and management companies to transition distressed properties into viable operations. He was instrumental in repositioning the boutique, historic hotel, The Hassayampa Inn, in Prescott, Arizona as one of the Southwest’s premier hotels and The Springs Resort and Spa, in Pagaso Springs Colorado. He has recently joined HTL Management, LLC to: operate the Radisson Hotel and Water Park, in Albuquerque, NM, during receivership and to transition the Courtyard Marriott and CoCo Key Water Resort, in Fitchburg, MA, to the Holiday Inn brand and is now overseeing property transitions and pre-opening functions for the Company.
He has been very active in the Albuquerque/New Mexico community and has served as: Chairman of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau; President of the New Mexico Hotel & Motel Association; a Vice-Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and President of the Albuquerque Innkeepers Association. He also served for both the Richardson and Carruther’s administration as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Tourism Commission which has oversight of the NM State Department of Tourism. He has also been guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Cape Cod Community College & the University of New Mexico.