Frank Flautt embarked on a successful career with Holiday Inns after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Memphis in 1963. In 1975, Frank formed Flautt Properties Inc. (formerly Flautt & Mann), which offered a full range of real estate services including development, construction supervision, management and accounting.
In December 1990, he sold his interest in Flautt Properties, Inc., which, at the time, was operating 18 major hotels and more actively pursued his other venture, Sandcastle Resorts. Through Sandcastle Resorts he began developing condominium projects, the first of which was Beachwalk Villas at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.
He has since completed the development of five other successful projects, including the well-known Destin properties The Tides and The Summit at Tops’l. Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels, Inc., also operates the largest, most profitable, and independently owned Hilton hotel in the world, the Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort. This property features 600 oversized guest suites and has such amenities as 14 tennis courts, three swimming pools, 73 holes of championship golf, and four on-site restaurants, including Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, one of the most recognized restaurants in the United States.
Frank Flautt is an enthusiastic supporter of The University of Memphis and its various sports and educational programs including the Fogelman College and the new hotel development complex. He truly is a leader, an organizer, and a contributor. Over the years, Frank Flautt has been a faithful supporter of Young Life, Youth Villages, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and the Church Health Center.
“‘The spirit of entrepreneurship is a God-given spark that provides the motivation and determination to act when opportunity arises. Entrepreneurs detect, seize and attempt to drive their observed opportunities to fruition.
By products of this process are the creation of jobs, wealth, respect and a better standard of living for society. The pure joy of being passionate in the pursuit of these goals is the ultimate reward.
This concept of and freedom to practice entrepreneurship must be embraced and emphasized by future generations if our society is to remain free.”
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