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Optimus Seeks Hotel Investments



September 18, 2009 - Dionis Rodriguez has formed Optimus Hotel Partners LLC, a hotel-focused private equity and strategic advisory company seeking to capitalize on opportunities created by the current lodging cycle.  Gaurav Kukreja, who worked with Dionis at Amstar Global, has joined as Managing Director. The senior management team has over 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the lodging sector, including private equity, hotel operations, investment banking, and consulting. They have invested in hotel equity/debt deals exceeding $5 billion in capitalization and have provided advisory on over $40 billion of transactions.

Dionis held key positions at Amstar Group, AIG Global Real Estate, New Castle Hotels and Resorts and HVS International. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Cornell Hotel School.  Gaurav held key positions at Amstar Group, Deutsche Bank's Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the Hotel Plaza Athenee. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BS from the University of Massachusetts Hotel School. Another partner, who is a director at a major investment bank and has significant hotel capital markets experience, will be joining soon.

Optimus is raising capital through separate accounts and on a deal-by-deal basis from several sources to invest in direct and preferred equity as well as distressed hotel loans in U.S. gateway cities. Optimus will also partner with other firms seeking to invest in hotels. In addition to private equity, the firm provides asset management and strategic advisory to hotel investors, including Amstar Group, Abacus Capital and Odisea Asset Management. Optimus has ten hotels under its asset management portfolio. Please contact Dionis at drodriguez@optimushotels.com with hotel investment opportunities.
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Contact:

Dionis J. Rodriguez
Managing Partner
Optimus Hotel Partners
8 Wright Street, Westport, CT 06880
Ph: +1 646 755 3297 Fax: +1 917 832 1560
drodriguez@optimushotels.com
 

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