GREENSBORO, N.C. — You could call Mo Milani the “host of Greensboro,” especially when the ACC Tournament comes to town. He’s an executive vice president of the Koury Corporation and oversees the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, the Grandover Resort and the Park Lane Hotel on High Point Road. That’s more than 1,500 hotel rooms.
Milani is a native of Iran. He came to Greensboro in the 1970s to get an electrical engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University. During college, he started working in the food service industry. While working on his master’s degree at N.C. A&T, he was hired at Joseph’s Restaurant at what is now the Sheraton Four Seasons. He would eventually run the hotel’s food and beverage department.
In the early 1980s, he became general manager of the Sheraton Four Seasons and has been at the helm ever since.
Recently, he oversaw the hotel’s $30 million renovation. Each of its 1,000 rooms has been gutted and retrofitted with new everything: televisions, furniture, carpet, drywall, appliances, artwork, window coverings and modern bathroom tile, granite, glass and plumbing. The project was designed to be finished in time for the ACC Men’s Tournament.
“Everybody talks about ACC and the Furniture Market,” Milani says. “They’re great! But ACC is only five days. And furniture market is five days each. So you got 15 days. We’ve got 350 days to worry about.”
The hotel’s largest customer is The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Given its central location, Greensboro and this hotel are centrally located for statewide school meetings among students, teachers and administrators. Hardly a day goes by when there’s not a school-related group staying here and meeting in the adjoining Koury Convention Center.
Milani gives a lot of credit to the Koury Corporation’s founder, Joseph Koury, who Milani calls “a father figure.” “When I got to know Joe Koury, I got the feeling the man is not going to sit still,” Milani says. “For everything he had a plan for 20 years down the road. He was such a visionary.”