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Raines Hospitality announces promotion of two team members

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

Gary Raines announced the promotion of two team members, Sparkle Cotton and Kelly Hicks.

Sparkle Cotton has been named the General Manager of Comfort Inn & Suites Florence. Sparkle began her journey with Raines Hospitality in 2012. She started as a front desk agent at the Residence Inn and was super excited to rejoin the workforce after ten years of operating an in home daycare. While at the Residence Inn, she quickly discovered her passion not only for the guests but also being able to provide exceptional service to them. She never thought such passion would lead her to General Manager and for that she is truly grateful.

Sparkle is a native of Florence. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1997, then attended Claflin University in Orangeburg, where she studied Elementary Education.

Outside of work, Sparkle really enjoys spending time with her husband James, their three teenage daughters, Kayden, Carmen, and Kameron, and their poodle, Peanut. She is not only very active in her church, but truly loves being a part of the ministry. More importantly, she believes that God is the reason for her success.

Kelly Hicks has been named General Manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites Florence. Kelly graduated from Hartsville High School where she met her husband, Lee, of 16 years.

Together they have a three year old son, Jackson. Kelly began her hospitality career with Raines Hospitality in 2010 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Florence. It did not take her long to realize that hospitality was her passion. Kelly's favorite part of the job is never knowing what each day will bring. There is always something new to learn and never a dull moment. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys travelling to new towns, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.

Gary Raines would also like to congratulate Hilton Garden Inn Charleston-Mt. Pleasant on their 2018 Hotel Success Award.

Raines said, “We are excited for continued development in our existing markets as well as expansion into new markets. Over the next few months, be on the lookout for new announcements from our company”.

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