James E. McManemon is general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, a 446-room AAA Five-Diamond luxury resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean where he oversees the operations, development and strategic positioning of the property including, six food and beverage outlets, full-service spa and salon, banquet and catering functions for the largest meeting and convention space in the region.
Previous to his current position, Mr. McManemon led The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota a AAA Five-Diamond resort incorporating the Hotel, Condominiums, Beach Club and Golf Club from December 2003 to December 2011. Prior to 2004, he oversaw The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, for three years as general manager where he earned the Five Diamond distinction in 2002.
A 25-year veteran with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., McManemon has served in a number of key management roles at The Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Houston, Buckhead, Atlanta and others. In 1998, McManemon served as Vice President, Rooms Operations at the company’s corporate headquarters. During his tenure, he was responsible for the successful openings of more than 21 new properties including hotels in Bali, Indonesia; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Osaka, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a host of others.
Under McManemon’s leadership, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota received a myriad of prestigious recognitions including the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award in 2008 recognizing organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance superiority within their management and operations.
Mr. McManemon is the 2014 Chairman of Statewide Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), he is past President for the (FRLA) Sarasota Chapter. He also served on the advisory board of SunTrust Bank in Sarasota for three years and for the past two years on the board in Jacksonville, the Advisory Board of University of South Florida, the Sarasota Tourist Development Council, and the Sarasota County Tourism and Economic Development Council as Vice Chairman. He currently serves on the Nassau County Tourist Development Council and is a board member on the Florida Sterling Council.
He holds the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation from the Educational Institute of AHMA and has his license as Community Association Management (CAM). In 2002 and again in 2006, he has been nominated as Florida State University’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
Mr. McManemon earned a Bachelor of Science, Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science, Management/Accounting from University of Florida. He is also a graduate of Cornell’s Executive Hotel Management Program.
A father of two, Mr. McManemon is an avid University of Florida Gator fan and enjoys traveling, sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.