SMC Hotels is a family-owned hotel management company. The principals of SMC have over 45 years of combined hotel development, management and asset management experience across Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. SMC was formed in 1984 by W Harrison Smith as a vehicle to manage the Smith family’s hotel real estate holdings. Across four generations of involvement, the family has developed, invested in and operated well over a dozen hotels across the region. The family’s history in hotels began approximately 80 years ago when CW Lane purchased the Caddo hotel in downtown Shreveport. At different points in time, the family has invested in and operated hotels in Abilene, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Amarillo, Lake Charles, Austin, San Angelo, and Dallas. Its history also includes developing the Residence Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico, developing both the Quality Inn & Suites in Shreveport (now a Ramada) and the Best Western Plus in Baton Rouge. Most recently and prior to the family disposing of several hotels between 2005 and 2007, SMC Hotels operated approximately six hotels spread between Texas and Louisiana.
W. Harrison Smith graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Real Estate Finance and Cornell University with a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management. He is on the board of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network and is a twice former Chairman of the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association. He also sits on the Board of Governors committee for Best Western International and the Board of Directors of The Lane Company, a Louisiana-based family holdings company.
Delton Smith graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Real Estate Finance. He previously held a variety of positions for Hyatt Hotels, which included Asset Management, Development and Director of Feasibility and Development Finance, Asia Pacific. For his final position with Hyatt, he managed a team of four located between Hong Kong and Beijing and managed the team underwriting effort for the company in all of Asia Pacific. He began his career as an Associate Financial Analyst with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in Dallas, TX and also has operations experience with hotels in Louisiana, Texas and London.
Executive Assistant, Bookkeeper
Kristi Morrison graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with a degree in Business Management and Administration. Prior to working for SMC Hotels, Kristi spent almost 14 years with the South Shreveport Animal Hospital. She served as Office Manager and Bookkeeper after performing a variety of roles for the clinic.