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“FLORENCE, S.C. – Grey Raines of Raines Hospitality was named the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year on Friday at the Florence Civic Center during the chamber’s annual membership luncheon.
Rob Sasser of Wells Fargo introduced Raines, calling him “a true product of Florence,” who was born and raised here. During Raines’ formative years, his father, Mark, parlayed the family business from ownership of a single I-95 truck stop into a portfolio including convenience stores and a petroleum distributorship, Sasser said, while holding fast to the idea of owning a Marriott hotel.
After contacting Marriott International, Mark Raines started with a Super 8 motel, Sasser said, and later partnered with Dave Aycock under Raldex Incorporated before going on his own with Raines Hospitality in 1997. The company’s first property was the Marriott Courtyard on Hospitality Boulevard.”
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