Stan Sapp is Chairman of the Board of Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stan began his career as a CPA with Peat Marwick (KPMG) in Greensboro, N.C. One of Stan's first clients was Thomasville Furniture in 1983. Stan developed a love of furniture and the processes necessary to consistently deliver beautiful furniture that continues today.
During the early to mid-90's Stan worked for a $600 million dollar furniture company known as LADD furniture which was based in High Point, N.C. Stan held senior positions ranging from finance to manufacturing to sales while at LADD and developed a broad understanding of the furniture industry. It was at LADD that Stan expanded his experience from residential furniture to include hospitality furniture. While Stan was overseeing manufacturing at LADD's American Drew plants he was responsible for producing a significant amount of hospitality furniture for LADD's American of Martinsville division for customers such as Marriott, Wyndham, and Caesars Palace.
Stan left LADD to become President of Aspen Furniture in Phoenix, Arizona. Aspen enjoyed significant growth and needed capacity and capabilities beyond the Phoenix plant. This lead Stan to Asia where he spent hundreds of days establishing relationships and building an effective global supply team that continues to support Aspen today. Many of the Asia relationships that Stan established continue to support him today.
Stan left Aspen to join Kimball International during 2002 initially leading their Kimball Home division, then taking over leadership of Kimball Hospitality in 2005. As President, Stan lead the resurgence of Kimball Hospitality by helping the team focus on customer relationships, disciplined global execution, effective communication, and through leveraging his many global furniture industry relationships.
After honoring his 1 year non-compete with Kimball, Stan returned to the hospitality furnishings industry and started Distinction Hospitality with support from Asian and venture capital friends.
Spencer Sapp is President of Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
After graduating from Ohio University in 2015, where he played baseball, with a Bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in marketing, Spencer joined the Distinction Hospitality (DH) Team. Spencer began his career as Special Projects Manager where he learned to do "whatever it takes" to support the DH Team. Spencer was promoted to Sales Manager in late 2015. Spencer proved his ability to manage multiple, complex aspects of the business while demonstrating quality leadership and collaboration in working with the DH Team and was promoted to Director of Sales in 2018. He held this title for 3 years while not only supporting the outside sales force, but also overseeing general business operations.
Spencer and DH President, Stan Sapp, manage the global DH supply chain where they have established strong manufacturing, production, and quality relationships which have continued to support Distinction Hospitality from 2014 to today.
Over the course of his 1st 6 years in the business, Spencer established himself as a key DH Team member and a rising leader in the hospitality furnishings space. Spencer was appointed Vice President of Operations on June 1, 2021.
In this role Spencer supports quoting processes, sales representatives, global supply chain, product development, logistics, customer service, DH Team collaboration, and "whatever it takes" to help make the Distinction Hospitality Team successful.
Quinn Decker is Vice President of Sales at Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
After graduating from Indiana State University in 1999, Quinn started his career at Kimball International. In what would be an eleven year career with Kimball, Quinn gained promotion through a number of positions across the various divisions of the company. His first senior appointment was to being Supply Chain Manager for Kimball Home, where he met and worked with Stan Sapp. In this capacity he specialized in managing both Domestic and Asian suppliers for all of the product lines. From this role he was promoted to Director of Finished Goods at Kimball Hospitality, managing outside manufacturers in US and Mexico. In 2005, Quinn became Director of Sales for Kimball Hospitality managing strategic accounts and brand programs. By focusing on key relationships, constant service, and executing several new brand programs, Quinn launched Kimball to be the biggest provider for several brands and strategic relationships.
Quinn left Kimball in 2010 to become President of Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, where he worked with Rick Dortch and Peggy Stone. In their time together, they grew SLH significantly, once again with key relationships, execution of product, and great customer service. On leaving SLH in 2013, he served until recently as VP of Sales for Bryan Ashley. Quinn brings a great track record of success together with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to Distinction Hospitality.
Deaderia Morris-Bowman is Vice President of Strategic Relations at Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
After graduating from Spelman College, Deaderia began her career working at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Deaderia later completed a certificate in business at Georgetown University.
Deaderia joined Marriott International in 1987 and spent almost 20 years as part of the Marriott Team. During her time at Marriott, as Senior Designer and Interior Design Manager, Deaderia worked on design renovations covering a broad range of hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Marquis, Renaissance, and Marriott Hotel & Resorts. Deaderia worked with various customers including Host Hotels. Deaderia worked on renovations in the United States as well as Europe and South America.
Deaderia left Marriott to join Kimball Hospitality as Director of Design, where she spent 13 years engaged in a broad range of projects, and helped enhance the brand image and overall marketing for the company.
Deaderia has a true passion for the Hospitality Industry and is NCIDQ-certified, a member of ASID, and an active member of NEWH.
Art Collier is Vice President of Finance at Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Master in Accountancy, Art started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young (EY) in Atlanta. As a Staff and Senior within the Assurance practice at EY, Art gained an expertise in financial data analysis, processes, and controls through his focus on learning and understanding each key process with a focus on key clients including Coca-Cola. During his time at EY, Art was responsible for the management of small audit teams as well as the review of deliverables from multiple countries to support the completion of global audits. In 2017, Art became a Certified Public Accountant and continues to maintain this license today.
Art left EY in 2018 to join DH as the Director of Finance. During his time at DH, Art has continued his focus on learning and understanding all of the key processes to learn & support all aspects of the DH business. Aside from focusing on traditional accounting and financial aspects, Art is deeply involved in overall operations, & has become an expert in US tariffs and international freight, both very key processes for DH.
In his role, Art supports overall operations, execution, analysis, accounting, logistics, customer service, cash management, and "whatever it takes" to help make the DH Team successful.
Beth Graham is Director of Product Development at Distinction Hospitality, Inc.
With a degree in Interior Design that she earned at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, Beth began her career as an engineer for a custom modular home manufacturer located in Martinsville, Virginia in 1991. Three years later she joined a Knoll dealership and then a year later, a Haworth dealership both in Columbia, South Carolina as a designer/office space planner.
In December of 1996, while working as a Freelance Designer for American of Martinsville (AoM) in their government division, she was introduced to Rick Dortch, then Director of Design at AoM and former Director of Product Development at DH. Rick asked her to join AoM's team of project managers where she continued her career for the next ten years.
In 2007 Beth decided to start a different career path into Secondary Education. While working part time as a Program Leader and then a Lead Teacher for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, she earned her master's degree in Secondary Education with high distinction at Liberty University in 2010. Directly after that she taught High School English for four years.
In 2014, Rick asked her to rejoin the hospitality industry as a Senior Project Manager with a new team, Distinction Hospitality (DH). She gladly accepted. Upon Rick's retirement and beginning January 2023, Stan promoted her to Director of Product Development.