Mr. Thomas J. Corcoran Jr., "Tom", has an impressive career in the hotel industry, and is known to be able to manage the unexpected over the years. 


In 1991, Mr. Corcoran co-founded FelCor, Inc. with Hervey Feldman. In 1994 FelCor went public as a hotel REIT. In 1996 FelCor Lodging Trust was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Corcoran served as President and Chief Executive Officer of FelCor from the time of its formation until his appointment to Chairman of the Board in 2006. Mr. Corcoran held various positions with ShowBiz Pizza Time, Inc. now known as Chuck E. Cheese from 1979 to 1990, and with Brock Hotel Corporation which he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 1990. 

After serving as an independent board member since December 2010, Mr. Corcoran was appointed Chairman of the Board of Sammons Enterprises. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with more than $94 billion in assets, Sammons ranks among the largest privately owned companies in the world. 

Mr. Corcoran's other board appointments include: past Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and past Chairman of the IHG Owners Association. Mr. Corcoran currently serves on the Board of AH&LA. 

Mr. Corcoran graduated from Washburn University and earned a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law. Education has always been a passion for Mr. Corcoran, and it is why he served in the past for the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. Dallas County Community College provides an opportunity for Tom to be involved in the community where he lives, and work to promote education and the betterment of students for more successful careers. 

Mr. Corcoran has earned numerous awards including:


The Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award


The Connie Award in honor of Conrad Hilton


The Hotel News Now Stephen W. Brenner Silver Plate Award at the New York University International Hospitality Investment Industry Conference


C. Everett Johnson from the American Hotel & Lodging Association


Kemmons Wilson Service Award from the International Association of Holiday Inns


Hunter Hotel Conference Award for Excellence & Inspiration


Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Lodging Investment Summit