Seward Hospitality Group Earns Inc. 5000 Award
The Van Gilder Hotel is one of Seward Hospitality Group’s holdings
Charles Elliott Jackson, Jr. and Toni L. Strauss, owners of the Seward Hospitality Group (ZPA LLC), were recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for 2018 with an Inc. 5000 award in San Antonio, Texas. Inc. is an American weekly magazine which publishes about small businesses and startups. The magazine publishes annual lists of the 5000 fastest-growing privately held small companies in the US, called the “Inc. 5000”.
ZPA LLC ranked number 2933 of the fastest growing organizations in the United States, showing 139 percent revenue growth from 2014 to 2017 . The company is located in Seward, Alaska and is comprised of three hotels and four restaurants—Marina Motel, Historic Van Gilder Hotel, Murphys Alaskan Inn, Seasalt Alaskan Bar and Grill, Chattermark Restaurant, Alaska Seafood Grill, and Gulf of Alaska Food Court. The Seward Hospitality Group was the only privately held company in Alaska to receive an Inc. 5000 award for 2018.
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