News for the Hospitality Executive
New York (March 1, 2012) – Denihan Hospitality Group, a full-service hotel management and development company that owns and operates boutique hotels in major urban markets in the U.S., today announced that Danette Opaczewski has been promoted to executive vice president, operations, effective immediately. She reports directly to David Duncan, president of Denihan.
In her new role, Opaczewski is responsible for delivering optimal operational and financial performance across Denihan’s portfolio, including the oversight of hotel operating budgets, forecasts and capital expenditures, and associate and guest satisfaction metrics.
Opaczewski has over 20 years of experience in hospitality and finance, having held senior level positions in hotel and restaurant acquisition, operations, accounting and finance for a variety of hotel groups and individual properties, including Morgans Hotel Group, Ian Schrager Hotels, The Royalton, Morgans, The Cornell Club (New York) and Doral Hotels.
Immediately prior to joining Denihan as SVP, asset management in 2008, Opaczewski spent three years as CFO for The James, where she executed its brand-building strategy and was instrumental in several strategic transactions.
“Danette is an outstanding leader in our industry who has both acute strategic talent as well as deep experience across hotel operations and finance,” said Duncan. “Her promotion into this role is another step Denihan has taken to ensure optimal performance of new and existing assets as we continue to expand our portfolio.”
About Denihan Hospitality Group
Denihan Hospitality Group is a privately-held, full-service hotel management and development company that owns and operates 13 boutique hotels in major urban markets in the U.S. Over the past 50 years, the Denihan family has built a world-class lodging investment platform within the boutique hotel space, creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing independent hotels.
The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under The James and Affinia Hotels brands, as well as Manhattan luxury independents, The Surrey and The Benjamin, and affiliates including the Royal Palm in Miami. Denihan’s hotels include an impressive list of chef-driven restaurants and bars, including Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar and Dining Rooms at The Benjamin; David Burke Kitchen at The James New York; Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud at The Surrey; David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Chicago; Art Smith’s Art and Soul at the Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia hotel in Washington, D.C.; and Marcus Samuelsson’s C-House at Affinia Chicago.
The company’s uniquely guest-centric approach, refined through three generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry leader in hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as hotel operations, management and marketing. In 2011, Denihan was named to Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies for the third year in a row, where it topped the list of full-service hotel companies.
More details can be found at www.denihan.com.
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