• 52°

Carter takes the helm at St. James Hotel

New St. James Hotel General Manager Darryl Carter poses in the hotel’s courtyard Monday. From Georgia, Carter has a long history in the hospitality industry. -- Sarah Robinson

New St. James Hotel General Manager Darryl Carter poses in the hotel’s courtyard Monday. From Georgia, Carter has a long history in the hospitality industry. — Sarah Robinson

The St. James Hotel not only has a new company managing its operations, it has a new general manager at the helm.

Attracted by the prestige and beauty of the historic St. James Hotel, Atlanta-native Darryl Carter accepted the general manager job around mid-August.

Carter said Selma Mayor George Evans’ vision of the Water Avenue hotel flourishing presented him with a tempting challenge. He wants to make that vision a reality.

“It’s been neglected over the years as far as maybe not putting much attention and time and effort into it,” Carter said. “We want to restore the historic St. James Hotel to its former glory.”

Carter said he already has great plans for the hotel concerning the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, 2015 Bridge Crossing Jubilee, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma and other major events.

He also said the St. James would reopen its in-house restaurant.

After more than 20 years of managing hotels, Carter feels the St. James Hotel’s small property size and intimacy helps make it more manageable than most hotels.

“I can get to know, not only my staff and guests, but connect with the city,” Carter said. “It was just a great fit for me to come here and be a part of this. I knew I could make a difference as far as revenue in this place.”

Carter said he always attempts to inspire, encourage and uplift in his personal and business life.

“If I can advance them to a different life in doing that, that’s my philosophy in life,” he said. “I want to allow people to become the best they can be.”