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Brian Ehrlich Named Vice President of West Coast Acquisitions
and Development at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2006 – Hospitality industry veteran Brian Ehrlich has been named the new Vice President of West Coast Acquisitions and Development at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the leader in the fast-growing boutique/lifestyle hotel segment.  Ehrlich will be responsible for expanding Kimpton’s existing presence in the western states.
    
“Brian has broad experience to support our explosive growth,” said Joe Long, executive vice president of Acquisitions and Development.  “His 13-year career in the hospitality industry is distinguished by a number of pivotal deals.  We are fortunate to have someone on our team with his knowledge, passion, and track record of delivering results.” 
     
Ehrlich joins Kimpton after spending the last four years as the head of West Coast Acquisitions and Development for the Kor Group in Southern California.  He was responsible for many firsts at Kor Group: the first acquisition outside of Los Angeles, the first third-party management contract, the first condo/hotel project, and the first international deal.  
            
“I am really excited about joining Kimpton, the unparalleled leader in the boutique hotel segment,” said Ehrlich. “I believe the growth potential for Kimpton is tremendous with the strong and growing demand among consumers for a high-quality boutique hotel experience that combines style, comfort, and care.  And the executive team is 100% committed to its guests and employees.”
     
Prior to working at the Kor Group, Ehrlich co-founded the hospitality practice at Secured Capital, a real estate investment bank in Los Angeles.  He also spent two years in the acquisitions department at Sunburst Hospitality in Silver Spring, Maryland.
     
Ehrlich has a bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University.  

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first, leading and largest collection of boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada.  Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, Kimpton Hotels offers services and design elements focused on care, comfort, style, flavor and fun.  Among the company's newest properties are the recently acquired Muse Hotel in New York, Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, and the Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Kimpton debuted the Hotel Palomar Washington, DC in July 2006, and the Hotel Palomar Dallas in September 2006. Additional projects are underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Virginia.  

Contact:

Jamie Law
Manager of Media Relations and Special Events
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
222 Kearny Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 955-5495
jamie.law@kimptongroup.com
 www.Kimptonhotels.com

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Also See: Joint Partnership of Kimpton and ING Clarion Investing $22 million into the Former Holiday Inn Select, Alexandria, Virginia to Transform the 227-room Property into The Hotel Monaco / March 2006
Wavestone Properties Selects Kimpton to Operate the 250 room Solé On the Ocean in Sunny Isles, Florida / July 2006
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