Words to Live By…

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou

Amy Howland

Senior Vice President of Operations

Amy first started her career in Hospitality 21 years ago as a part-time front desk weekend associate and fell in love with the industry. She found her passion to be in operations and began her journey in roles such as Executive Housekeeper, Assistant General Manager, and General Manager before progressing to above property support. She has worked for many of the Hospitality Industry leaders as Aimbridge, Naples Hotel Group, Hawkeye Hotels, and most recently with Shaner Hotel Group as Regional Vice President of Operations.

As leader of Sandpiper Hotel and Operations Team, she is All In for delivering consistent results and driving strong ROI for our investors by supporting our leaders to be the best of the best. She is new to Sandpiper Hospitality leadership and brings energy to her role and strategic thinking to challenge us in taking better to best. Her passion is investing in people and challenging them to have the confidence to believe in themselves and continue to grow their career in hospitality.

When Amy is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and fur dogs, Gnocchi & Millie. You can oftentimes find her on an adventure with her three beautiful Grandchildren whom she is known to as Nana. She has proudly served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and looks forward to getting involved in the Richmond Relay for Life and giving back to her new Community.

More About Amy


Originally from Salisbury, North Carolina (or better known as home of Food Lion & Cheerine) however spent most of her life in Iowa and Florida. She is looking forward to calling Richmond home.


Columbia International University


Hospitality is simple- people taking care of people. It is offering them a home away from home and an experience that keeps them returning.

When I’m NOT WORKING, I am…

Spending time with my husband Keith and our two fur dogs Gnocchi and Millie. We enjoy anything outdoors and listening to live music in the evenings. You can also find me with my two children and three beautiful grandchildren on fun adventures.

Favorite TEAMS

Go Tarheels—beat Duke!

First J.O.B.

My first job was at a local burger spot Char-hut in Davie, Florida

Favorite BRAND

Disney! They consistently deliver a memorable experience no matter if it’s your first time or your 100th time. You’re never too old to believe in the magic!