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Industry Leaders Rock the Road

Industry Leaders Rock the Road

Seven years ago, Shirli Sensenbrenner, senior vice president of design and construction for Destination Hotels, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She has four kids, with the youngest at the time of diagnosis being in second grade. Her doctor initially ...

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Rockbridge Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Nashville

Rockbridge Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Nashville

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rockbridge announced the acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn in the SoBro district of Nashville, Tennessee. The property is located on South Broadway in very close proximity to the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Convention Center, and downtown entertainment ...

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How to Deal: Leveraging Assets for Optimal Returns

How to Deal: Leveraging Assets for Optimal Returns

The hotel business is attracting a lot of investment money and there’s a good reason for that. “The market fundamentals are as good as we’ve seen since we’ve been in this business,” says Jim Merkel, president and CEO of Columbus, ...

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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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Rockbridge Acquires Cliff House Resort & Spa

Rockbridge Acquires Cliff House Resort & Spa

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rockbridge has acquired The Cliff House Resort and Spa, a historic 166-room resort situated on 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald Head Cliff in Ogunquit, Maine’s south coast. Rockbridge, through a joint venture with Maine-based hoteliers Marc Dugas and Peter ...

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