Meet Our Florida Panhandle Hotel Team

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:

Hotel Manager, David Merryman

David 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, David 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.

David 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.

Director of Lodging, Katie McFerrin

With an extensive background in guest services and guest relations, Katie McFerrin brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience. She previously served as the Director of Lodging and Guest Experience at the WaterColor Inn and Resort, a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel; as well as held the position of Director of Vacation Rentals for St. Joe Club and Resorts in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Katie is responsible for leading and developing the Lodging division of The Pearl hotel, which includes front office, guest services, concierge, housekeeping, spa operations and beach services. She is a graduate of Niagara University and a native of Rochester, New York.

Director of Food & Beverage, Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, specifically related to food and beverage operations.  He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and an honors graduate of Johnson & Wales University with dual degrees in Culinary Arts as well as a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Foodservice Management.  Through his previous management positions in Virginia at the Omni Richmond Hotel and The Williamsburg Hospitality House, Kevin successfully oversaw multi-faceted departments which included full-service restaurants, room service, and banquets.  Kevin enjoys being able to create memorable dining experiences for guests, drawing upon his knowledge of both culinary offerings as well as front of the house operations.  His passion for guest interaction has led him to roles where he is able to engage with guests on a daily basis and uphold positive guest satisfaction.  As the Director of Food and Beverage at The Pearl Hotel, Kevin will oversee 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.