News for the Hospitality Executive
ATLANTA, Ga., February 25, 2013—Officials of Peachtree Hotel Group, one of the nation’s fastest growing hotel acquisition, management, development and ownership groups, today announced that industry veteran Brent LeBlanc has joined the company as senior vice president. His primary responsibilities will focus on sourcing new acquisitions, developments and third-party management opportunities, as well as enhancing Peachtree’s brand relationships.
“Brent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our rapidly expanding team,” said Greg Friedman, Peachtree CEO. “In addition, our executive team members have had a close personal and working relationship for more than 15 years. When we looked to increasing our platform, Brent was an obvious choice because we know he is a perfect cultural fit to our team. He brings a dynamic to the table we did not have previously, and we are confident he will play a key role as Peachtree executes its expanded growth strategy.”
With nearly two decades of hospitality experience, LeBlanc most recently was vice president of franchise development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He guided a team of senior development directors in the launch of the lifestyle-branded aloft and Element flags. He also was instrumental in the growth of the Westin, Sheraton, Luxury Collection, Le Meridian and Four Points brands along the West Coast. Prior to that, he was vice president of franchise development for La Quinta Companies where he helped establish a record-setting franchise program for the West Coast and launch the Baymont Inn & Suites franchise program. Additionally, he holds a business degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
With Peachtree’s sights firmly set upon greater expansion, LeBlanc will run the company’s newly opened Western region office in Houston, Texas. “I believe we are well positioned to add 10-12 assets in this part of the country over the next two to three years,” LeBlanc said. “We will equally pursue acquisitions and third-party management opportunities that fit Peachtree’s strategic profile of select service and extended stay premium-branded hotels.”
With his deep background in the hospitality franchise community, LeBlanc also will further strengthen Peachtree’s brand relationships. “I’ve been involved with many brands,” he noted. “I intend to leverage my experience and relationships to aggressively expand our portfolio.”
About Peachtree Hotel Group
Peachtree Hotel Group invests, operates and develops premium-branded, select- and limited-service and extended-stay hotel assets under the Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice and InterContinental Hotels Group flags. Since its inception, Peachtree has acquired or developed more than $250 million of hotel properties and first mortgage notes. Peachtree currently owns, operates and invests in 3,492 hotel guest rooms in 38 assets throughout the United States, comprised of a real estate portfolio of 20 assets and a note portfolio of 18 assets. For more information, please visit www.peachtreehotelgroup.com.
Chris Daly, media
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