The staff at The Pearl Hotel in the Florida Panhandle is perfectly in tune with each guest’s desires, whims and requirements. We know how precious your vacation time is and we want you to leave us with a rejuvenated spirit and life-long memories. More than just a brand of service, hospitality is an art that we practice with passion and pride in gratitude for honoring us with your stay.
The Pearl is led by a seasoned team of executives:
David “Dave” Merryman is a seasoned hospitality leader, who works with owners, guests, and staff to create a hospitality culture of excellence, and provide lifetime memories.
Passionate about travel and unique experiences that come from those opportunities, Dave believes in a holistic approach to hospitality, where the location of the property, the values of the local community, and the unique talents of the staff combine to create an experience for guests that will last for a lifetime. A strong believer in the Quality Sciences, he and his team work tirelessly to ensure that they consistently deliver gracious, enthusiastic, and flawless service to all who enter.
Dave comes to The Pearl Hotel with over 25 years of wide-ranging hospitality leadership experience. He began his hotel career in Charleston, South Carolina, widely regarded as one of the most gracious and hospitable places in the country. Since that time, he has honed his craft in some of the finest properties from New Orleans and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the mountains of Sochi, Russia, the beaches of St. Martin, and the Pacific coast of Mexico. He has also had the unique privilege of working, teaching, and sharing his experience and knowledge with students through his association with the Hospitality & Restaurant Management program at Auburn University for more than four years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in communications from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Messmer has more than 16 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Through his previous roles as director of food and beverage at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Courtyard Resort at Coconut Beach in Kapaa, Hawaii, he oversaw all aspects of the food and beverage department at the resorts, including restaurant, lounge, kitchen, catering and banquets. Messmer worked with the managers and chef to maximize revenue and profits and minimize expenses, costs and labor. Messmer also worked as director of food and beverage at North 40 lodging in Union, Washington and corporate director of food and beverage at Access Golf in Redmond, Washington. As the director of food and beverage at The Pearl Hotel, Messmer oversees all food and beverage operations for the hotel, including the Havana Beach Bar & Grill and its scenic rooftop lounge, as well as in-room dining and banquet services.
With an extensive background in guest services and guest relations, Josh Jayne brings more than 11 years of hospitality experience, previously as the Director of Guest Services at The Little Nell in Colorado, as well as Guest Services Manager at The Cloister at Sea Island- both five-star rated properties by Forbes Travel Guide. Jayne is responsible for leading and developing the Lodging division of The Pearl hotel, which includes front office, reservations, guest services, concierge, spa operations and beach services. He is a graduate of the University of West Alabama and a native of Huntsville, Alabama.