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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...

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...

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...

New AH&LA Chair Ron Vlasic Talks Goals

Ron Vlasic likes to talk. It’s a brisk Chicago morning at the Allegro Hotel, Kimpton’s largest property and Vlasic’s home base as regional vice president of hotels for the Midwest, and I’m watching him...