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efm Hospitality Solutions
Gables International Plaza
2655 Le Jeune Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: (305) 779 4812
Fax:      (305) 479 2734

John Murphy:

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Ocho Rio, Jamaica

Mr. Murphy has lived in and operated hotels in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Thomas and Tobago. The team has managed hotels, resorts, golf courses, marinas and condominium hotels in the Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, The Turks & Caicos Islands, The U.S. Virgin Islands, The British Virgin Islands, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua, Barbados, Cancun, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago, and completed consulting projects in Haiti and for the governments of Montserrat, the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.

Caribbean projects in which the team members were involved individually, together, or as principals of efm Hospitality, include the following:


The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Tobago, West Indies
Managed the renovation and refurbishment of the 200-room resort and its Plantations 18-hole PGA-designed golf course (originally the Tobago Hilton Hotel) after it was closed for several years. Successfully operated the hotel and golf course as Tobago’s premier resort product for an agency of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago.

Mangos Jamaica
Trelawny, Jamaica
Managed the renovation and refurbishment of the 96-room all inclusive boutique resort after it was closed. Efm hospitality currently manages the adults only resort located in the coastal village of Coopers Pen in the parish of Trelawny on the North West coast of Jamaica. Situated just 19 miles from Montego Bay International Airport, the many attractions in and around Ocho Rios are also accessible in just under an hour by car.

The Jamaica Grande Resort
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Converted two underperforming government-owned hotels into the 700-room Renaissance Jamaica Grande and operated the resort successfully for 10 years. Negotiated the purchase of the two hotels for a new ownership group, arranged low interest financing, and created the vision to integrate the two properties into a single resort.

Club Ambiance
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Assisted the owner in transitioning the 90-room all-inclusive resort from a 12 year management agreement to an independently owner-operated facility acting as the owner representative to provide management oversight. Efm was retained to source a buyer and to execute an exit strategy for the owner.

Grand Beach Resort and Pineapple Village
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Mr. Murphy was responsible for the operating results of the 300-room AAA Four Diamond resort as General Manager while also serving as a director of the Pineapple Village Condominium Board and managing the Home Owners Association. Coordinated the insurance claim following major damage caused by Hurricane Marilyn, and managed the $25 million renovation to successfully re-open the resort as the island’s market leader.

The Yacht Haven Hotel & Marina
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Managed the refurbishment of the old Sheraton Hotel and
re-opened it as a Ramada hotel. Operated the hotel and St. Thomas’ largest marina with 220 boat slips for its Israeli owner group.

Nanny Key Resort & Marina
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Managed the resort, its  marina, and its free-standing the popular Peg Leg restaurant and bar.

Turquoise Reef Resort
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Developed and operated the 200-room beach resort, the first major hospitality product after the Club Med was opened for its U.S. owner group. Actively sought new airlift after the only major airline to service the island closed in bankruptcy.

Treasure Island Resort
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Assumed management of the underperforming 300-room resort at the request of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

The Renaissance Hotel
Grenada, West Indies
Assisted the owner in obtaining a World Bank loan and in rebuilding two destroyed hotels. Successfully operated the 200-room hotel as a Renaissance Resort despite a serious lack of airlift.

Jaragua Hotel & Casino
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Negotiated the purchase of the property and leaseback of
the casino to the original owners for New World Development
of Hong Kong. Negotiated with the government of the Dominican Republic as the owner of the ground lease. Operated the hotel successfully as a Renaissance Hotel.

Capella Beach Resort
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Rendered technical assistance to the owner for the development of the resort and managed the pre-opening
and launch of the resort.

Renaissance Hotel
Antigua, West Indies
Managed the 300-room resort for the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Elegant Hotel Group
Barbados, West Indies
Mr. Murphy served as chief operating officer of the group comprising three upscale hotels in Barbados for a UK-based investment fund.

Port au Prince, Haiti
Prepared a full business plan and redevelopment plan for the owner of a hotel destroyed in the earthquake, and negotiated financing for the reconstruction from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Jacmel, Haiti
Worked with a diaspora group to develop a resort, convention/performing arts center and residences.

Montserrat WI
Prepared a hotel and residences investment promotion plan for the Montserrat Development Corporation and provided a qualified list of potential investors/sources of investment to be approached to promote the new capital town and economic center at Carr’s Bay/Little Bay comprising among other things a high-end tourist resort, residential properties, and yacht club as an investment location.

Tobago House of Assembly
Tobago, West Indies
Prepared an initial concept statement, and preliminary
proforma operating statements, valuation, and cost to complete for the unfinished Sanctuary Resort on Grafton Estate in Tobago.

Port of Spain (POS) International
Airport Hotel

Trinidad, West Indies
Prepared a feasibility study and complete investment package to develop an upscale, full-service branded international hotel at the Port of Spain International Airport.