Executive Profile
Monday, February 9, 1998

Name: Michael T. Morton
Age: 57
Position: General manager, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
First job: Clearing and building trails, Colorado
Favorite pastimes: Computers, reading

On a spree for Holiday Inn

Michael T. Morton is opening the new 216-room Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Kauai in March after an extensive renovation. The hotel, previously known as the Kauai Resort and the Wailua Bay Resort, is located at the mouth of the Wailua River.

The hotel was purchased last summer by San Francisco-based Kauai Beachfront Hotel LLC and will operate as a Holiday Inn franchise under management of Equinox Hotel Management Inc.

"Every aspect has been upgraded to create a new hotel," Morton said.

He came to Hawaii in July from Whitefish, Mont., where he was owner and operator of two hotels. "We've been vacationing in Hawaii for years and my wife (Wanda) was born at Wilcox Hospital on Kauai. It didn't take us long to make the decision to come here."

Morton earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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