Quality Stay 4 Less Pay Inc.
Kyle A. Green Sr. is the owner of the travel agency and entertainment company
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Kyle A. Green Sr. has relocated the headquarters of his travel and entertainment business to east Gainesville.
Green is the owner of QS4, or Quality Stay 4 Less Pay Inc., which he calls the largest minority-owned travel agency on the East Coast. The business, which was previously located at 10615 W. Newberry Road before a tree severely damaged the building, is now located at 1801 NE 23rd Ave., Suite C, across the street from Satchel's Pizza.
"Quality Stay 4 Less Pay Inc. is the parent company of the seven companies I own," said Green. "We do all travel arrangements, including hotels, rental cars, cruises, tour buses, events, visas, passports, Disney packages and more."
Green said the company does vacation rentals for individuals, but specializes in group bookings and also makes hotel reservations for insurance companies when they have to send agents to areas devastated by natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
Green said the company also does bookings for athletes, entertainers and business owners.
Green, who is from St. Louis, started the company in 2004 after working as a door-to-door salesman. He said it was while working as a door-to-door salesman that his entrepreneurial spirit began to grow. He said he was inspired to get into marketing and entrepreneurship by his brother, Don "DC" Cody, who he credits with putting Gainesville radio station "MAGIC 101.3 FM on the map." Cody was the operations director at the station in its early days in the mid-1990s.
Green said in addition to the travel agency, he also is the owner of QS4 Entertainment and Studios, located in a suite behind the travel agency. He said QS4 Entertainment manages Gainesville rappers 43rd Street Whitey, Beezo Da Block, Brick Life, Lil ReRe and others.
"Lil ReRe won the (2012) 352 Hip Hop Awards in the categories of Rookie of the Year and Best New Artist," said Green.
He said QS4 Entertainment also manages Lady Red, who won the 352 Hip Hop Award, also this year, for Best Female Artist of the Year.
Green said QS4 Entertainment has a complete music studio and produces videos and documentaries.
"We have produced videos for (Gainesville attorney) Christopher Chestnut, Willie Gary, a nationally acclaimed lawyer who lives in Stuart, and former Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long," Green said.
Long, who has used Green's services several times, has always been satisfied with them.
"I have used his services in several capacities, including advertising," Long said. "He is a very enterprising and entrepreneurial kind of guy."
Green said QS4 has nearly 50 employees who work in all phases of the business in Gainesville, Ocala, Palatka, Chicago and St. Louis. The business is currently hiring residents to work on commission.
Green said he also produces QS4 Unchained Radio on LIVE 365 Internet, which is broadcast in 83 countries through the San Diego-based Urban Network. Green said the president of Urban Network is Miller London, the former president of Motown Records.
Green said the motto at QS4 is "If we can't do it, it can't be done."
He said the recession has been hard on QS4 and he is currently looking for investors and partners to help the company.
"I don't have any debt and big bank loans because I started the company with just a laptop computer and a lot of desire," Green said.
Green, who believes in giving back to the community, also has founded QS4 Empowerment, a non-profit group that does charity work for all people, "from Haile Plantation to east Gainesville," he said.
Hours of operation are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 352-372-7878.
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