Spike is the “patriarch” that started it all for the Ehrhardt family business. He began working at Sandy’s fast food restaurant in Quincy IL in 1959 and worked his way up to store manager before opening his first new location in Hannibal in 1965. The restaurant operations totaled over 60 before being sold to Hardee’s in 1997, marking a shift in focus to the hotel business. Since building the first Super 8 in 1988, Spike has owned and operated over 30 hotels in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. He is actively involved in the Ehrhardt’s hometown of Hannibal through multiple organizations including Holy Family Catholic Church and Kiwanis Club. He lives in Hannibal with his wife Theresa.