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Lee Ann Benge Named as Vice President of Human Resources
for HRI Lodging

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 31, 2013)
— Lee Ann Benge has been named vice president of human resources for HRI Lodging, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of the company.

Benge’s most recent position was vice president of human resources at Noble-Interstate Management Group, a private nationwide investment and hotel management firm in Atlanta.

Her previous experience includes serving as vice president of human resources for Highgate Holdings, a leading independent hospitality management company that presently owns and operates a portfolio of more than 22,000 rooms.

From 1995 to 2003, she served as vice president of human resources at Park Place Motor Cars, a luxury automotive conglomerate in Dallas. She played a key role in launching a human resources growth strategy that resulted in the acquisition and integration of six additional luxury dealerships, growing the company from 180 employees to 1,100 employees in less than five years. She served as a strategic committee member in the application process for the Malcolm Baldridge Award, which the firm’s Lexus store subsequently won in 2005.

She has also worked as SVP of human resources at Dallas Market Center and at Senterra Development in Dallas.

“Lee Ann’s vast experience working in human resources will be of extraordinary value to HRI Lodging as the company continues to grow,” said Gutierrez. “Her accomplishments for many years highlight a track record of success at building and directing human resources teams,” he added.

About HRI Lodging
HRI Lodging, Inc. (HRIL) is one of the 50 largest hotel management companies in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 18 hotels and resorts spanning the continental U.S. By building alliances with major domestic and international investment firms, the organization pursues a dual mode growth strategy of managing independent, boutique properties as well as partnering with industry leading brands, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HRI Lodging is the hotel management division of New Orleans-based HRI Properties, a full-service real estate development company and a national leader in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. HRI’s mission is:  Revitalizing Cities by Creating Diverse, Vibrant and Sustainable Communities.

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Contact:

Brett Forshag
VP, Sales & Marketing
504-585-1902

bforshag@hriproperties.com

Tom Long
Thomas Long Corporate Communications
504-283-8522
504-669-3030 (cell)
tom@thomaslong.net



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