About Us

staff_mikeMichael W. Monchino – Principal member of Monchino Management, LLC. More than 40 years of successful experience in the hospitality industry.  Mr. Monchino holds a B.A. degree in Administration and an MBA in Management.  Early in his career, Mike managed hotels of 350+ rooms and has participated in the construction and opening of more than 90 new hotels throughout the United States.  Mike has had ownership in many hotel properties, and currently has ownership in seven hotels.  Results in hotel management are achieved through policies and procedures that empower and enlist all employees to satisfy guests and reach the highest level of occupancy possible and ultimately outstanding profits. Therefore the key to our success is our people. From the hourly staff to senior management, a team effort is essential. The senior management staff has been associated with Mike for many years and cumulatively we have more than 100 years of hospitality experience. Mike and his wife reside in Herrin and have three children and four granddaughters.


staff_haroldHarold Smith – Smith Hospitality Financial. Over 40 years of successful experience in hospitality accounting. Mr. Smith brings a wealth of experience with a background in all facets of hospitality accounting. Past positions include controller of the largest downtown convention center hotel in Cincinnati, Senior Regional Controller for Sage Hospitality and Vice President of Finance for America’s Best Inns, Inc. Accounting is a key element in support to the property managers and senior management. Harold fully understands that it is not the numbers that makes a hotel successful, rather it is how the numbers are achieved. Mr. Smith holds a BBA in accounting and has received a distinguished accounting award for excellence. Harold began his association with Mike Monchino in 1990. Harold and his wife have three children and reside in the Denver area.


staff_mattMatt Monchino –  Vice President. More than 15 years of successful experience in all areas of hotel operations. Matt joined Monchino Management in 2007, but worked the front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, and breakfast for years at hotels while in school. Matt holds a B.A. degree in Management Information Systems from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Prior to joining Monchino Management, Matt was a highly successful Territorial Sales Representative and Channel Sales Manager for Pepsi Mid-America. Matt, his wife Nicole, and three daughters reside in Herrin, IL. Matt serves on the Marion, IL Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. From 2012 through 2016 Matt was the General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Marion, IL. During his time as General Manager the hotel received the 2013 IHG Newcomer Award, given to only a few of the new top performing hotels in the Holiday Inn Express brand, and three Torchbearer Awards, IHG’s most prestigious award for 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was also awarded the General Manager of the Year for the Holiday Inn Express brand an unprecedented two years in a row for 2014 and 2015. In 2016, with Matt as General Manager, the Holiday Inn Express in Marion, IL was presented the very coveted IHG Kemmons Wilson Spirit of Family Award. This award has only been given over the years to a select few hotels that truly provide outstanding service to not only their guests but also to their community. 


Wes Murphy – District Manager – Field Operations– With over a decade in the hospitality industry, Wes has worked hard to climb the ladder in management. His focus and dedication have driven consistent results for the hotels in the company. He has achieved elite awards while managing the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Marion, IL as a General Manager including receiving the prestigious “Torchbearer Award” for four consecutive years from IHG. He was also awarded the Assistant Manager of the Year Award and General Manager of the Year Award for the Holiday Inn Express brand an unprecedented two years in a row. In the years of his success, he has increased profits year over year while achieving excellent occupancy numbers with minimal overhead. He works closely with other managers and staff to help them accomplish exceptional goals and mentor’s others to be successful and perceptive. While also action-oriented, he assists properties with an outside perspective to overcome technical and technological conflicts. Wes currently resides in Southern Illinois with his wife and son.


Stephanie Hudson – Administrative Assistant – Stephanie moved to Southern Illinois 20 years ago and attended John A. Logan Community College where she studied in Accounting and Criminal Justice while raising her two sons. She fell in love with bookkeeping and accounting while working for a construction company whose owner also did property management for rentals, VRBO and managed a bar/restaurant. This enabled her to learn in a variety of industries and environments. She went on to work for 6.5 years as a Payroll Accounts Manager for another local company that handled over 1500 clients in 47 states. One of those clients was Monchino Management. With such a great business relationship over the years, Stephanie decided to work with our company on the other side of the payroll. At Monchino Management, Stephanie is responsible for managing Accounts Payable, bookkeeping, records management and helping any way she can. 


Jeff Lister – District Manager – Field Operations – With more than 15 years of successful experience in Hotel Hospitality Operations, Jeff has done everything from working the Front Desk, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Breakfast, and Hotel Management. Jeff started managing hotels for Monchino Management in 2010 at the America’s Best Inn in Montgomery, Alabama.  He worked at the America’s Best Inn in Lafeyette, Louisiana and Candlewood Suites in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was promoted to General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Washington Court House, Ohio from 2011 to 2021. While managing the hotel, Jeff and his team won multiple awards for the Outstanding Service they provided. The Hotel was awarded three Quality Excellence Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Hotel also won the prestigious “Torchbearer Award” in 2019. Other awards the hotel won included the IHG Voice of the Guest All Star Award in 2015. Jeff is loyal, dedicated, and always willing to help his team strive for success. Jeff, his wife Sheena, and three sons reside in Washington Court House, Ohio.