Originally from New England, Veronica Champion spent 15 years in the British Virgin Islands working on sailboats and managing restaurants, guest houses, and hotels. In 1999 she left the BVI to do her master’s degree at The Cornell University of Hotel Administration. After graduation, she went on to work in the destination club industry as Director of Hospitality and also in membership sales.
In 2007, Veronica decided to make a major life change and headed to South Sudan after the peace agreement was signed. For over 3 years, Veronica managed several camps housing UN and NGO personnel living in South Sudan. In 2011, she went on to manage the food service at the Joint Forces Military base in Djibouti, which served approximately 10,000 meals per day to the servicemen and women stationed in that region. Her last overseas posting was the island of Diego Garcia where she managed all the restaurants on that island as part of the MWR Team taking care of the service people stationed on the island.
In 2015, at the request of family members, she began looking for a place to live in the U.S. Friends she made at various times in her life had already told her about Gulfport and she was definitely intrigued. When one of those friends mentioned that there was an inn for sale in Gulfport she arrived, fell in love with the Inn and with the charming town, and began discussions to buy the property. On January 26, 2016, she took ownership of the Historic Peninsula Inn and settled into the wonderful town of Gulfport.