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Jay Rosenthal Appointed Executive Vice President Of The Harp Group
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CHICAGO—(March 15, 2006)—Hotel veteran Jay Rosenthal has been appointed executive vice president for The Harp Group, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company specializing in hospitality and retail projects.  Rosenthal will be responsible for evaluating hotel acquisition opportunities including market and hotel assessment and due diligence as well as asset management for The Harp Group’s hotel portfolio.

Previously, Rosenthal was the area managing director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ W Hotels in Chicago.  His hospitality career spans 30 years and includes key leadership positions with Promus Hotel Corporation, Doubletree Hotels Corporation, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hilton Hotels Corporation.

“Jay brings extensive experience and a proven record of success in hotel operations,” said Peter G. Dumon, president of The Harp Group.  “His industry knowledge will be an asset to The Harp Group as we continue to grow our hotel portfolio.”

The Harp Group’s hotel portfolio currently includes the historic 285-room Ambassador East and Pump Room in Chicago; the Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport in El Segundo, Calif.; and the 113-room Courtyard Cleveland Beachwood by Marriott in Beachwood, Ohio.  Other hotel developments underway include the 411-room Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, Ill.; the Treehouse at the Ravines in Naperville, Ill.; the Gateway Hotel Campus in Des Plaines, Ill.; and the Westin at Yorktown Center in Lombard, Ill.

Actively involved in the hospitality industry, Rosenthal has served on the boards of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.  In addition, he was the 2005 in-coming chair for the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association.

Rosenthal earned a degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He resides in Chicago with his wife, Wendy, and their two children.

About The Harp Group:
Founded by Peter G. Dumon in 1997, The Harp Group is a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company with a focus on hospitality and consumer real estate projects.  The company specializes in creating hospitality and retail destinations through imaginative and enduring designs with a true understanding of the relationship between a project’s architectural appeal and the people drawn to it.  The Harp Group is recognized for its expertise in complex development projects that require a high degree of specialization and organization.  For more information on The Harp Group call 630-971-1360 or visit the company on the Internet at www.theharpgroup.com.

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Contact:

Carol Peacher
m-k-t-g
630-820-6512
cpeacher@m-k-t-g.com

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Also See: The Fordham Company's Planned Transformation of Chicago's Ambassador East Hotel Includes Renovated Condominium-Hotel Units and a Revitalized Pump Room / February 2006
The Harp Group Acquires the 215 room Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport for $30.5 million / February 2006


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