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 Jeffrey Poirot & Jenna Arin Named General Managers
for AKA Central Park and AKA Times Square, a Division of Korman Communities


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NEW YORK – August 6, 2009 – AKA is pleased to announce the addition of two new executives: Jeffrey Poirot and Jenna Arin as general managers at AKA Central Park and AKA Times Square respectively.  Poirot and Arin bring nearly 20 years of combined Manhattan-specific hospitality experience to the luxury extended-stay brand.
 
A 13-year veteran of the hotel industry, Poirot boasts a wealth of sales and operational knowledge of the luxury market.  He previously served as the director of sales and marketing at Sofitel New York and as the director of group sales at The New York Palace hotel.  Poirot began his career at The Plaza Hotel where he held a number of positions, including executive meetings manager.  Poirot holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. 
 
Across town, Arin leads the AKA Times Square team after most recently serving as director of sales and marketing at the Algonquin Hotel.  Prior to working in NYC, Arin worked in a sales capacity at The Boar’s Head Inn and the Radisson Plaza Hotel, both in Virginia.  Arin received her master’s degree specializing in hospitality administration from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. 
 
“Both Jeffrey and Jenna have incredible experience within Manhattan and we are excited to welcome them to the AKA team,” said MJ Paschall, president of AKA, which has four properties in the city.  “Adding these two accomplished managers is invaluable for the AKA brand as a whole and each of the properties they are working with.”
 
The brand’s flagship property, AKA Central Park recently unveiled two new penthouse suites designed by Joan Pierpoline of Studio IntraMuros.  The architecturally-inspired spaces feature 1,500-square-foot wraparound terraces with outdoor lounging and dining areas.  AKA Central Park is also gearing up to unveil a new café and fitness center in fall 2009.
 
A landmarked property, AKA Times Square underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation which preserved the historic façade of the building while modernizing the property with all-new building systems.  Over the past year this project has brought back to life the integrity of the original architecture and recaptured the turn-of-the-century Theatre District charm.  AKA Times Square will also unveil a new café in fall 2009.
 
Both AKA Central Park and AKA Times Square offer guests complimentary en-suite high speed Internet access, business and fitness centers, housekeeping services, 24-hour attended front desk, concierge and on-site cafés with complimentary club breakfast. 
 
For reservations or further information please visit www.stayaka.com.

About AKA
AKA, a division of Korman Communities, is an innovative, new and growing collection of luxury extended-stay properties in prime urban locations.  Current AKA residences are in:  New York City (4); Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., White Plains, NY, and Arlington, VA.  Across the brand, architecturally inspired spacious accommodations, which range from studios to two-bedroom penthouse suites, offer the privacy of contemporary apartments infused with hotel services.  While each property is unique and has distinct guest offerings, all properties feature the AKA brand standards and amenities of: fitness centers; full-service business centers with meetings space and complimentary high-speed Internet access; complimentary weekday club breakfasts with La Colombe coffee, yogurt, fruit and baked goods; en-suite dining; same-day, valet dry-cleaning and laundry service; 24-hour front desk assistance; dedicated doormen, concierge services and full-time, on-site management and maintenance.  All suites include top-of the-line kitchens, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, meticulous housekeeping; extended digital cable with HBO, DVD players, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.  Personalized service is a hallmark of AKA.




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Contact:

Caroline Kerrigan
Quinn & Co.
520 Eighth Avenue, 21st Fl.
New York, NY 10018
T 212 868 1900 x 253
F 212 465 0849
ckerrigan@quinnandco.com
www.quinnandco.com
 

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Also See: AKA, a Division of Korman Communities, Rescues Two Halted Luxury Condo Conversions and Transforms the Properties to Luxury Hotel Residences; The AKA Times Square and AKA Virginia Square, Arlington, Virginia / May 2007

The Korman Communities Expanding AKA, its Extended-stay Brand; Two Properties Opening in New York City, AKA Central Park and AKA Times Square / April 2007

The 300 room Crowne Plaza Hotel at the United Nations Goes Independent, Reclaims Original Name - the Tudor Hotel at the United Nations / May 2007
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