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Jim Merkel Shares Rockbridge’s Investment Strategy

Jim Merkel Shares Rockbridge’s Investment Strategy

When he was 25, Jim Merkel co-founded Rockbridge alongside his first boss, Ron Callentine. Since 1994, the Columbus, Ohio-based private equity firm has strategically converted or reposi­tioned 325 assets, turning them into top-performing properties by capitalizing on the specific needs ...

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Checking In With Loews CEO Paul Whetsell

Checking In With Loews CEO Paul Whetsell

After spending more than $250 million in renovations last year, the Loews Hotels & Resorts system is in better shape than ever. Now that all the hard work is out of the way, President and CEO Paul Whetsell is relieved ...

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RLJ Lodging Trust Continues to Deliver Outsized Returns

RLJ Lodging Trust Continues to Deliver Outsized Returns

Tom Baltimore speaks in measured tones and rarely shies away from blunt truths. He certainly doesn’t need to raise his voice to make a point. RLJ Lodging Trust’s blockbuster success has everyone from institutional investors to hotel company CEOs paying ...

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Checking In With Wyndham Hotel Group’s New CEO

Checking In With Wyndham Hotel Group’s New CEO

In March, Wyndham Worldwide announced that Eric Danziger was stepping down from his position as president and CEO of the company’s hotel division. Stepping into his shoes is Geoff Ballotti, former president and CEO of Wyndham’s timeshare exchange and vacation ...

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