Jay Shinn is the CEO of Magnolia Lodging, LLC. A second generation hotelier that has worked in the hotel industry throughout his life. Shinn began working with his father developing and managing hotel properties in 1982. Magnolia Lodging was formally founded in 1998 when Shinn partnered with Wayne and Matthew Newton.
Shinn's industry leadership positions have included serving on the Homewood Suites by Hilton Advisory Council, Board of Directors of the Texas Hotel Lodging Association and the Greater Dallas Hotel Association. Shinn was awarded the Homewood Suites by Hilton Developer of the Year for 2006.
Besides being involved in the hospitality industry, Shinn also is known as a visual artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Shinn has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Because of this, creativity is an important part in the overall culture at Magnolia Lodging.