Welcoming Lauren Shaughnessy as Executive Assistant

Philadelphia, PA- GF Management, an award winning ownership and management company with more than 86 hospitality assets in its portfolio, welcomes Lauren Shaughnessy as Executive Assistant. In her new role, Lauren will support the Executive Team.

Lauren Shaughnessy comes to GF Management from Indiana State University graduating with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a Bachelor’s in Management with a minor in Sales and Negotiations. While in school, she completed an internship with The Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute in Indiana, where she worked under the General Manager and Sales Director. During Lauren’s internship she was able to learn about various sales positions and grow her passion.  Her most recent experience was at The Mansion on Main Street located in Voorhees, New Jersey. While at The Mansion, Lauren worked with the sales team as Executive Meeting Manager.

GF Management is excited to have Lauren Shaughnessy join the team at the corporate office and looks forward to all of her accomplishments.

Welcoming Xiomara Pagan as Legal Coordinator

Philadelphia, PA- GF Management, an award winning ownership and management company with more than 86 hospitality assets in its portfolio, welcomes Xiomara Pagan as Legal Coordinator. Xio will provide coordination and support for the legal department.

Xiomara Pagan comes to GF Management from West Chester University where she received her paralegal degree. Her experiences include working at Alevistar Group LLC, Office of Attorney Ethics for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and McMahon & Winters Law Firm, LLC in a variety of positions.

“We are excited to bring on Xio who has a legal background and a motivation to broaden her knowledge of the hospitality field,” stated Ashley Kazman Price, Attorney at GF Management.

GF Management Adds to Expanding Portfolio of Florida Hotels

GF Management, a leading national hotel ownership and management company, through its affiliate, has been selected to manage the Fairfield Inn & Suites West Palm Beach Jupiter. This Hotel marks GF Management’s ninth hotel in Florida. This agreement represents one of many recent additions to GF Management’s expanding third party managed portfolio.

Located off of Interstate-95, minutes from Roger Dean Stadium, Florida Atlantic University, and Palm Beach International Airport, the Hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers in the Jupiter, Florida area.

Each of the newly renovated 110 spacious guest rooms comes equipped with new flat screen TVs, ample work space, and new state-of-the-art mattresses. While visiting, guests can relax by swimming in the outdoor pool, take care of business with the complimentary WiFi, enjoy snacks from the Market, or work up a sweat in the newly renovated fitness center. The hotel is fun for the entire family, including pets.

Fairfield Inn & Suites West Palm Beach Jupiter is the recipient of the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and GreenLeaders Program. GF Management will employ its proven operational and sales processes to advance the Hotel as a market leader under this prominent Marriott International flag.

For more information, please contact the hotel at (561) 748- 5252, or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbijp-fairfield-inn-and-suites-west-palm-beach-jupiter/.

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport to Undergo $8 Million Renovation

In June of 2016, GF Management announced that, through its affiliate, it had acquired the 353-room DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport, located two miles from Orlando International Airport. GF Management has pledged $8 million in renovations at the Hotel.

Enhancements at the 353-room DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport will take place over the next 18 months. The impactful renovation planned for the property will focus on improvements to the public space, guest rooms, and most importantly, the overall guest experience.

Not only is the hotel receiving a renovation, but has a new Director of Sales and Marketing, Laura Byers. Laura brings to the team an impressive resume and over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Laura is the perfect match with strong leadership skills and a dedicated work ethic.

Laura’s experience in the hospitality industry includes proactive sales, team development, market intelligence and community involvement, along with hotel transitions and renovations. Prior to joining the management team at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport, Laura held the Associate Director of Sales position at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, where she led a successful team of five sales and catering managers.

The property currently boasts a full-service bar that serves innovative libations, and the 463 Restaurant, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Additionally, The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport provides more than 15,000 square feet of flexible function space, suitable for social, corporate and wedding events.

GF Management is eager to bring new life to this hotel in the unique setting that only Orlando can provide. Whether guests are planning a family vacation, romantic getaway or a business trip, countless amenities and fantastic service await them at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport.

To learn more about the upcoming renovations, or to schedule a site visit, please contact Laura Byers at (407) 235-1907.

Welcoming Anna Zhao as ACA Benefits Coordinator

Philadelphia, PA- GF Management, an award winning ownership and management company with more than 86 hospitality assets in its portfolio, welcomes Anna Zhao as ACA Benefits Coordinator. Anna’s focus will be around the Affordable Care Act by assisting the properties with gathering data, tracking hours, auditing the 1095-C/1094-C forms and all of the new changes within Health Care Reform.

Anna Zhao comes to GF Management from Temple University graduating with a Bachelor in Business studying Human Resource Management. Her experience includes working for companies such as, Independence Blue Cross, U.S Department of Labor, and Day & Zimmermann in their human resources department.

“We are very excited to have hired a recent Temple graduate and millennial here at GF Management. Anna has a passion for Health Care Reform (HCR) and is elated to jump on board,” stated Ashley Allphin, Director of Benefits at GF Management.

Hotel Business Executive Roundtable: Grow It! Buy. Build. Convert. Adapt.

On May 11 at the RLHC office in Denver, Hotel Business hosted an executive roundtable with a  group of industry experts. Jeffery Kolessar, Senior Vice President of Development at GF Management was one of the speakers at the roundtable and he spoke about the relationships between new-build select-service properties and regional banks.

 

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GF Management Builds Florida Presence With Acquisition of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport

GF Management, a leading national hotel ownership and management company, announces that, through its affiliate, it has acquired the 353-room Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Airport located two miles from Orlando International Airport. This acquisition is the third hotel in the Orlando market acquired by the Company in recent years, adding to the 2013 acquisitions of the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista Resort, and the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando/North Lake Mary.

The hotel will maintain its affiliation with the DoubleTree by Hilton brand and will be undertaking a renovation in excess of $8 million which will take place over the next 18 months. The impactful renovation planned for the property will focus on improvements to the public space, guest rooms, and most importantly, the overall guest experience. “We take great pride in the hotels that we own and manage,” says Jeff Kolessar, Senior Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for GF Management. “We have enjoyed many acknowledgments of our capital improvements through renovation awards from various brands, and through direct guest feedback. The renovations for the DoubleTree Orlando Airport will certainly exceed expectations.”

As an owner and operator for nearly three decades, GF has a disciplined and focused acquisition strategy, identifying assets of value to expand the Company’s owned portfolio, with a long term hold model. Since acquiring its first hotel in 1988, GF has grown into one of America’s leading hotel owners and managers with 23 hospitality assets now under ownership by its principals and affiliates. This owned portfolio now includes six hotels under various Hilton flags. GF’s total owned and managed portfolio consists of 85 hospitality assets in 28 states, comprising over 14,000 rooms.

“The acquisition of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport continues to mark milestones towards GF Management’s growth objectives,” Kolessar continues. “We will continue to identify quality assets to expand the Company’s owned portfolio, and we are prepared for additional growth throughout the remainder of 2016 and into the future.”

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport offers convenient access to the Orlando International Airport with 24-hour shuttle service and is situated away from the bustle of Central Florida theme parks, but close enough to reach favorite Orlando attractions in just 20 minutes. The 353 rooms or suites at the hotel offer generous work surfaces, WiFi access and in-room dining. All guest rooms include luxurious bedding and flat-screen TVs, perfect for both business and leisure guests. In addition, the hotel boasts two onsite restaurants and upscale catering options for meetings and events. The DoubleTree hotel provides more than 11,000 square feet of event space, suitable for social, corporate and wedding events. The outdoor patio with a dynamic water feature makes for great entertainment. Additionally, onsite is a modern fitness room, indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

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