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Room for Improvement: Recovering a Distressed Hotel

Room for Improvement: Recovering a Distressed Hotel

Andria and Bruce Lewis are used to taking over bank-owned properties. Through their company, Lewis Properties, the couple has recovered several retail and office buildings. But nothing prepared them for the ordeal that ensued when they took ownership of a ...

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Kimpton’s Mike Depatie Talks Brand Building

Kimpton’s Mike Depatie Talks Brand Building

For a finance guy, Mike Depatie has had some serious brand-building experience. His second job out of business school was at Residence Inn, where he worked under Jack DeBoer to grow the brand from seven hotels to 100. After Marriott ...

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Ahead in the Cloud

Ahead in the Cloud

The hotel industry is in the midst of a minor tech boom that isn’t ending any time soon. With lodging riding the groundswell of an industrywide recovery, hotels across the country are looking for an edge when it comes to ...

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A Civil Union Between Hotels and Management Companies

A Civil Union Between Hotels and Management Companies

The lodging industry is attracting a lot of new money. “The amount of interest from private equity groups, REITs, and new developers entering the hospitality space is huge right now,” says Doug Dreher, president and chief executive officer of The ...

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