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Our Team

Barry Eagle President/CEO
John Sandlin Partner/Director of Development
Linda Thornley Director of Operations
Dixon Putnam Director of Sales and Marketing
Khuan Ng Revenue Strategist / HOA Manager
Elena Padilla Executive Coordinator
Hanna Nixon Social-Media Manager

Barry Eagle

President/CEO

barry@crownhoteltm.com

Barry Eagle, President/CEO, put a plan in place in 2006 to create an innovative hands-on management company with vision and a commitment to excellence in all facets of hotel operations and sales. Crown Hotel and Travel Management, LLC opened in 2008 with one goal in mind – to deliver financial results for hotel investors and give on-site assistance rarely seen from other management companies.

His hospitality career spans over twenty years, working with brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Sheraton, Choice, Best Western and several independent hotels. His professionalism and integrity are well known in the industry, along with his leadership. For much of his career, he led the sales and marketing initiatives for distressed hotels where he gained the reputation for turning around a property’s financial performance.

Barry attended the Community College of the Air Force and Jeff Davis College and currently holds degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. He served six years in the United States Air Force where he worked for the Base Commander and was recognized as a high achiever receiving several awards, including the Inspector General’s Award for Excellence and the John Levitow Award for Leadership.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Leland Tourism Development Authority and is a member of Association Executives of North Carolina and has served on the Board of Directors for Meeting Planners International – Carolina’s Chapter, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Swansboro Military Affairs Committee. He and his wife Angela have four daughters Katie, Ansleigh, Kelsey and Mallory.


John Sandlin

Partner/Director of Development

As Director of Development, John oversees all aspects of site selection, architectural design, franchise negotiations and acquiring lending sources. John has more than 30 years of results-oriented experience in real estate development and his intuitive site location and management skills are well known in the hospitality industry. He has developed an array of commercial and mixed-use projects with such companies as McDonalds and continues develop projects through his company Clarendon Properties.

John is dedicated to community service and has served in many different capacities such as International Council of Shopping Centers, New Hanover County Meals on Wheels Board of Director, Board of Trustees – Wrightsville United Methodist Church, Wrightsville Beach Lions Club and Cameron Executive Network – Cameron School of Business – University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

John is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is also a Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI).


Linda Thornley

Director of Operations

Linda joined Crown Hotel and Travel Management in 2011 as the General Manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Swansboro, NC where she won back to back Hilton Connie Awards in 2012 and 2013. She has over 16 years of hospitality experience and has worked in all aspects of operations. Her career has included leadership and management with new openings, conversions and multiple locations. She is well respected within the industry and is tirelessly volunteering in the community.  Along with her Connie Awards, she has an array of achievements with Crown such as Hampton’s Spirit of Pride award for guest excellence and Swansboro Business of the Year. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Swansboro Tourism Development Authority and the Military Affairs Committee.

As the Director of Operations she assists in all operational matters for all owned and managed hotels along with on and off site assistance with new projects. Linda is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is a diehard Gamecock fan.


Dixon Putnam

Director of Sales and Marketing

Dixon joined Crown Hotel and Travel Management in April 2015.  He has over 10 years of hospitality experience and over 20 years in the service Industry working with such brands as Hilton, Aramark and several independent resorts.

Dixon oversees all corporate sales and marketing efforts and works directly with all hotel Director of Sales to maximize revenue and exposure for all properties. Along with his hotel responsibilities, Dixon is also responsible for the sales, marketing and negotiating efforts of our Travel Management division.

Dixon serves on several committees with the Association Executives of North Carolina, as well as the Swansboro Military Affairs Committee.   He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Service Leisure Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and was presented the UNCW College of Health and Applied Human Services Most Outstanding Alumni in 2008.  He now serves on the UNCW College of Health and Applied Human Services advisory board.  Dixon and his wife Katy have 3 children, Nate, Tanner, and Rylan.


Khuan Ng

Revenue Strategist / HOA Manager

Khuan joined the Crown Hotel & Travel Management corporate team in February 2016.  Khuan’s performance as our Assistant General Manager and Revenue Manager for the Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro did not go unnoticed.  With an eye for detail and analytics she has quickly became a key player for our company.  She has over 20 years of general business experience, including analysis and strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, general management and operations including roles at the senior executive level. Khuan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As Revenue Strategist, Khuan ensures our hotels maximize revenue opportunities at the highest level. She is responsible for analyzing trends and identifying growth prospects. She works closely with our Director of Operations, Regional Director of Sales and our General Managers to identify and execute our profit objectives.


Elena Padilla

Executive Coordinator

Elena oversees all office operations and plays a key role in the day-to-day management of the company. She is responsible for providing high-level administrative support, including handling information requests, preparing correspondence, and pre-opening management. Other responsibilities include human resources, Condo-Hotel owner assistance, bookkeeping for the corporate office, and HOA’s and travel management team assistance. Elena has had over 9 years of hotel experience in several departments which include, food and beverage, front desk and sales.


Hanna Nixon

Social-Media Manager

Hanna Nixon is the Social-Media Manager at Crown Hotel & Travel Management, keeping all properties up-to-date on the web. She is responsible for uploading relevant events to social media sites and property websites. Hanna also assists in day-to-day operations within the corporate office including administrative duties and travel management services. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.