When we were planning our hospitality issue, we decided to feature Mike Kelly, then the general manager of Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, as our Person You Should Know. Then, after learning more about him (people in the industry know him as THE champion for the hospitality industry in Columbia) we decided he’d be the perfect cover model.

We had an amazing photo shoot on location at Stoney Creek. Mike missed his calling as a model – every single shot was cover-worthy. And we shot it on a “log cabin” wall that was stunning and quintessential Stoney Creek.

About a week later, Mike emailed me to let me know he was leaving Stoney Creek to join The Tiger Hotel team as director of operations. Definitely a change of plan.

Mike Kelly (from our original photoshoot at Stoney Creek).

Mike Kelly (from our original photoshoot at Stoney Creek).


I was happy for Mike for his new opportunity, stressed for me and bummed about the stunning cover photo that would never be.

In our industry, there’s no such thing as comfortable. Plans will be corrected, schedules will be thrown out of whack, but it’s worthwhile to think creatively each day, to solve problems, to care for a publication like CBT.

So, with some help from Mike and photographer Anthony Jinson, we scouted out Mike’s new place of business, and thankfully The Tiger has tons of beautiful places to shoot. We chose to put Mike in the corner booth of The Vault. The bar had a moody, Mad Men vibe that we liked, and I think it came across beautifully.

-Brenna McDermott, Editor 

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