Oldham Hospitality was founded in 2014 by Mark Oldham, a Certified Hotel Administrator whose professional experience consists of starting and running small businesses, including independent properties, since 1986. His degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville paved the way for his diverse and rich experience in the hospitality industry.
Mr. Oldham served as President, CEO, and Owner of U.S. Hospitality Corporation from 1986 – 2008. He single-handedly started this print and internet publisher from scratch, which grew to be the largest publishers of hotel Guest Directories in the country, serving over 2000 hotels in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean with 35 employees and 50 sales contractors.
Mr. Oldham then helped merge Uniguest with U.S. Hospitality to form Uniguest Inc. in 2008, where he served as Partner and President and developed incredibly substantial relationships with both Marriott and Hilton hotel. This diversified vendor served the hospitality industry with both technology and print products such as lobby business centers, boarding pass stations, local information products and exhibit services products.
From 2011 – 2015, Mr. Oldham served as Owner of StoneFort Inn, located in Chattanooga, TN. He renovated the historic 16 room Inn and increased occupancy by 50% through aggressive marketing, while also transforming the lobby and 1st floor into an upscale restaurant, known as TerraMae Appalachian Bistro.
After selling Uniguest, Inc. in 2013, Mr. Oldham created Oldham Properties LLC, a collection of independent investments and properties. The company first acquired the Dancing Bear Lodge &, followed by the Apple Valley retail complex at the base of the same property, located in Townsend, TN at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He renovated part of the Dancing Bear space into Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in 2014, a restaurant now known for excellence in food and atmosphere. He also oversaw the addition of the Dancing Bear Event Center, Event Lawn & Pavillion and The Landing where conferences and weddings are held.
Mr. Oldham made many improvements to Apple Valley Store, and completely renovated Apple Valley Cafe to provide better service to their customers, now featuring a Burger Bar and Beer Garden. In the summer of 2018, the complex re-opened as the Apple Valley Mountain Village, offering products for Smoky Mountain lifestyles at the new Mountain Store, Cafe, General Store and The Dancing Bean.
Most recently, Mark Oldham opened a new concept amidst the Apple Valley Mountain Village and the Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro properties. The Dancing Bean Coffee House was opened in the Fall of 2018, and serves traditional coffee and espresso beverages, as well as signature “Bear-ista” seasonal specialties and operates as Dancing Bean Coffee Co. for its retail items and locally roasted coffee beans.
Mr. Oldham also owns OrdersIn.com, offering a business opportunity to entrepreneurs across around the world to resell an online ordering platform to restaurants and retail businesses in their local area. Oldham’s sister business is OrderEZ, which utilizes the OrdersIn software to local restaurants wanting a simple solution process take-out orders, increase their revenue and tap into a new clientele base.
Mr. Oldham’s properties are exceptional in their character and charm, and focus on a sustainable movement towards local and unique businesses.
Mark Oldham resides in Townsend, TN with his wife and business partner, Sharon, and they have 2 children, Rachel and Houston. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, reading, bicycling, fly fishing, and has completed five half marathons.