in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
|Dothan, Ala. – Aug. 9, 2005 – LBA Properties, a hotel development/management
company based here, is expanding into its sixth state with this month’s
construction start of an 84-room Courtyard by Marriott in Hattiesburg,
The company also opened an 85-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Pensacola, Fla. in July.
Barry Kraselsky, president and C.O.O. of LBA Properties, said that the Hattiesburg Courtyard by Marriott, three blocks from the University of Southern Mississippi in the new 40-acre Chauvert Square retail-restaurant-entertainment complex, will open in the spring of 2006.
He added that the opening of the Pensacola Hampton Inn & Suites, delayed a week by Hurricane Dennis, opened with a full house and with the generous donation of a hotel guestroom-full of furniture to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.
Kraselsky said that the hotel’s “housewarming gift” donation to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity – a king-sized bed and headboard, two nightstands, a desk, bench, mirror, television and two pieces of wall art – is part of LBA Properties’ “LBA C.A.R.E.S. (Caring Associates Ready and Empowered to Serve)” program, the company’s national community service program, through which LBA donates a guestroom-full of hotel furniture to Habitat for Humanity in each community where it opens a new hotel.
LBA also awards all associates nationwide four hours of “free time off” when they volunteer a minimum of four hours of service to Habitat for Humanity. With 900 associates nationally, said Kraselsky, LBA Properties’ goal is to donate 4,000 volunteer man-hours to Habitat each year.
LBA Properties (www.lbaproperties.com) has operated primarily in the southeastern U.S. as a hotel developer and operator for almost 35 years. The company manages 25 Marriott hotels under the Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and TownePlace Suites brands; two Holiday Inns; three Holiday Inn Expresses; two Hampton Inn & Suites hotels; one Red Roof Inn; and one Best Western.
Two more hotels – a 79-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in St. Petersburg/Clearwater and an 84-room Courtyard by Marriott in Panama City – will open by the end of the year. The company this year will also begin construction on three more hotels, including the Hattiesburg Courtyard by Marriott.
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|Also See:||Stephano Anamisis, General Manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Lakeland, Fla., Named LBA’s GM of the Year / May 2005|