With Tamworth still in his heart, Jye started to look for a business opportunity. The CH on Peel lease was listed on the market in 2014. After inspection of what was the old Central Hotel, Jye fell in love with the property and the possibility of being able to offer high-end quality accommodation within the heart of the Tamworth CBD.
The original heritage wing of the hotel opened in December 2014. Since then with the experience of high demand and running at over 90 per cent occupancy most months, the hotel began its expansion with an adjacent building named as the executive wing in Brisbane Street which opened June 2018 offering an additional 33 rooms bringing the total number of rooms to 62.
The project took pride in using local contractors across the job, including the fit out, with being such a big part of the Tamworth community, and wanting to ensure of contributing back and not having the money go outside the region.
Jye grew up in Tamworth and started working in the hospitality industry at McDonalds when he was 14 years old. After leaving school in year 11, he landed his first break in the hotel industry at Ashby House and Stetsons Steakhouse. He progressed quickly in the industry and took on his first management position at a motel in Wagga Wagga when he was only 19.
Like most, Jye moved around a little working in Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle and was awarded Hotel Manager of the Year with the Australian Hotel Association when he was 21.
After his return to Tamworth in 2005 as general manager of the Powerhouse Hotel Group, in 2013 he decided to venture out on his own and returned to Wagga Wagga purchasing the Pavilion Hotel.