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Checking In: Alex Cabañas of Benchmark

Checking In: Alex Cabañas of Benchmark

Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International, could not be in a better mood. Following the July 11 announcement that Benchmark and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts had merged (with the recently announced new identity of simply “Benchmark,”) Cabañas is enjoying a ...

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How Marriott Tackles the Extended-Stay Segment

How Marriott Tackles the Extended-Stay Segment

Extended-stay is a thriving segment, consistently outperforming other tiers in the United States. Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites by Marriott, has capitalized on the extended-stay sector’s success, making TownePlace a standout ...

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Choice Chief Development Officer Talks Franchising

Choice Chief Development Officer Talks Franchising

Choice Hotels International is one of the largest hotel franchisors in the world, boasting a portfolio of more than 6,300 hotels in more than 35 countries and territories. Chief development officer David Pepper shares some insight on what attracts hoteliers ...

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IHG Chief Development Officer Offers Insights

IHG Chief Development Officer Offers Insights

With close to 35 years of branded hospitality experience, Joel Eisemann, IHG’s chief development officer for the Americas region, has focused on the real estate side of the hotel business his entire career. Now, nearly five years into his tenure ...

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Checking in with Mark Elliott

Checking in with Mark Elliott

In the hotel brokerage sector, Mark Elliott, president of firm Hodges Ward Elliott, is kind of a big deal. In the last 22 years, he has personally sold and/or financed more than 1,315 hotels—more than any other individual in the ...

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Checking In with Gerry Lopez

Checking In with Gerry Lopez

With CEO Gerry Lopez at the helm, Extended Stay America (ESA) is poised for growth. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company plans to spend $1.4 billion over the next five years building new hotels and renovating existing ones, and will retire $500 ...

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