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Our Team

Barry Eagle President / CEO
John Sandlin Director of Development / Partner
Linda Thornley Corporate Director of Operations
Leah Raja Area Director of Operations
Tinisha Green Revenue Strategist / HOA Manager
Dixon Putnam Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing
Elena Stubbings Executive Coordinator
Josh Emett Corporate Controller
Kaitlyn Barnette Digital Marketing Strategist
Samantha Freeman Revenue Analyst
Board of Directors

Barry Eagle

President / CEO

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 – Carolinas Chapter, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Swansboro Military Affairs Committee. He currently lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife Angela and has four daughters, Katie, Ansleigh, Kelsey, and Mallory.

John Sandlin

Director of Development / Partner

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 BusinessUniversity 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

Corporate 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. She currently resides in Swansboro, NC with her son.

Leah Raja

Area Director of Operations

Leah joined the Crown Hotel and Travel Management team in 2017 as the General Manager of the New Hampton Inn located in Sneads Ferry, NC. She is a 2001 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Leah has been in the service industry for over 20 years and has been a General Manager for over 14 years. She has worked in both select/focused service and full-service hotels throughout her career. She has worked for Hyatt Corporation, Marriott, Hilton and Independent hotels.

As the Area Director of Operations, she assists the Corporate Director of Operations in all operational matters for all owned and managed hotels along with on and off- site assistance with all new projects.

Leah is a fanatic Penn State Nittany Lion football fan and has a true passion for music and singing. She currently resides in Wilmington, NC with her husband, Faisal.

Tinisha Green

Revenue Strategist / HOA Manager

Tinisha Green joined the corporate staff in May 2018, but is the longest tenured employee with Crown. As the second hire of the newly founded company back in 2009, Tinisha worked her way from Front Desk Associate to General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Leland-Wilmington Area in Leland, NC. She prides herself on being one who loves working with people and giving the best experiences possible when staying at her location. As General Manager, Tinisha has gained a considerable amount of first-hand knowledge and experience in financial management and revenue strategy.

As Revenue Strategist, Tinisha 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. Additionally, she manages the monthly revenues of our three Homeowner Association properties.

Tinisha grew up in Fayetteville, NC and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fayetteville State University. She went on to get her Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Tinisha currently resides in Leland, NC with her husband and three children.

Dixon Putnam

Corporate 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 currently resides in Wilmington, NC with his wife Katy and 3 children, Nate, Tanner, and Rylan.

Elena Stubbings

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. She currently lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband.

Josh Emett

Corporate Controller

Josh joined Crown Hotel and Travel Management in 2019. He brings over 10 years of experience in accounting and business consulting. His work has taken him to over 30 different states and Canada. He has been a presenter at national accounting conferences and thought leadership events covering topics like workflow optimization, business model optimization, and the millennial workforce. Most recently, he ran a small CPA firm in Southern Utah which he sold when he moved to Wilmington, NC. Josh holds a Master of Accountancy degree from Southern Utah University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Dixie State University.

As our Corporate Controller, Josh is responsible for providing oversight to our accounting team and supporting our general managers in their financial roles. He implements and reviews our internal controls and assists in the development and execution of our budgets. He also advises the board on reporting, investing, and risk management.

Josh was born and raised in Utah and currently lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and three children.

Kaitlyn Barnette

Digital Marketing Strategist

Kaitlyn joined Crown July of 2021 as our Digital Marketing Strategist, keeping our properties relevant with all aspects of our online presence. She is responsible for managing and creating engaging content within all social media outlets, as well as updating both branded and local websites. She also monitors all review sites to ensure we are responding to guests needs in a timely and efficient manner. Additionally, she collaborates with both our revenue strategy and sales/marketing teams with the implementation of promotional events and marketing strategies. Kaitlyn also assists in daily operations within the corporate office, including administrative duties and escalated customer care needs. When she isn’t working Kaitlyn watches reruns of “The Office”, “New Girl” and she Bakes.
Originally from Charlotte, NC she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from Flagler College and currently resides in Wilmington, NC.

Samantha Freeman

Revenue Analyst

Samantha started her career with us as a front desk associate for the Islander Hotel & Resort in Emerald Isle, NC, but officially joined the corporate team in January 2018. Samantha has worked in some aspect of the hospitality industry for 6 years and has gained not only experience in customer service, but also valuable knowledge of the industry’s growth and development.

As Revenue Analyst, Samantha works closely with the Revenue Strategist to maximize hotel profits and analyze trends to find potential growth prospects. Her daily duties include assisting in rate adjustments and Homeowner Association management.

Samantha is originally from California but was raised in the Camp Lejeune/Swansboro area. She is currently attending Carteret Community College, where she is working towards her Associates in Business. She lives in Hubert, NC.

Board of Directors

In no particular order:

Oscar Harris, Rhett Raynor, Wilson Raynor, Sharon Raynor, Mack McLamb, Joyce McLamb, Stuart Turlington, Clarence Tart, Lee Tart, James Johnson, Connie Johnson, John Snipes, Jerod Cohen, John Sandlin, Barry Eagle, Freddie Stancil, Steve Adams, Terry Brimhall, and Jerry Milton