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Ashford Hospitality Announces Additions to Senior Management Team

Ashford Hospitality Announces Additions to Senior Management Team

Category: Worldwide - Careers - Appointments
Article written by our desk on 2008-03-26


Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) today announced that two lodging and asset management veterans have joined the Company's management team to lead Ashford's asset management initiatives. Alan L. Tallis has been named Executive Vice President and Larry Doyle has joined as Senior Vice President of Asset Management. Ashford also announced the addition of Donald J. Denzin as Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

Mr. Tallis, who has been serving in an advisory capacity for Ashford since July, will oversee the asset management functions of the Company as well as the value-added, development and redevelopment projects underway and planned for its recent 51-hotel portfolio acquisition. A 27-year industry veteran, Mr. Tallis was previously a senior advisor to Blackstone Real Estate Advisors following its acquisition of La Quinta Corporation, where he was President and Chief Development Officer of LQ Management LLC and President of La Quinta Franchising LLC. Mr. Tallis has held numerous executive positions both at La Quinta Corporation and Red Roof Inns, Inc. During his tenure with both organizations, he was responsible for implementing growth strategies that included developing and implementing programs to franchise both brands.

Mr. Doyle will be responsible for the day-to-day asset management of the Company's hotels. Mr. Doyle was most recently Senior Vice President, Asset Management for Alcor Acquisition LLC, where he prepared and positioned the MeriStar portfolio of hotels for sale, working closely with Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. Prior to that time, he held the same position at MeriStar Hospitality Corporation. During his 27-year career in the lodging industry, Mr. Doyle has held various senior asset management, operations and general manager positions with a track record of successful start-ups, turnarounds, acquisitions, dispositions and operation of award-winning hotels in the U.S. and the U.K.

Prior to joining Ashford, Mr. Denzin was Vice President of Human Resources at Brandywine Realty Trust and its predecessor Prentiss Properties for seven years. His background also includes several years as the Chief People Officer for The Travelers Realty Investment Company and GES America. His experience is highlighted by the creation and oversight of productivity enhancing and employee development initiatives in a range of corporate and field settings.

Monty J. Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford, noted, "We are very pleased with the addition of Alan, Larry and Don to our team and look forward to their leadership in our asset management efforts and the development of our staff. All three are well-respected and recognized within the industry. With a sizable value-added renovation program planned for the next several years and the importance we have placed on our internal growth initiatives, Alan and Larry's proven asset management, operations and brand management expertise will play a key role in Ashford's overall performance. Don's effort will help cement the bonds among all associates in our growing platform."



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