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Atlanta, GA–December 3, 2015 – Atlanta-based Hotel Equities recently held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the 96-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel at 1355 Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford, Georgia, just north of Atlanta.  Lauren Cato serves as General Manager and Malinda Foster is Director of Sales. 

Hotel Equities has an ownership position in the hotel and helped direct the property’s multi-million dollar conversion/renovation to the latest generation of Marriott’s highly successful Fairfield Inn & Suites brand.

Hotel Equities is also an investor in the Courtyard by Marriott Buford, located just down the street from the all-new Fairfield Inn & Suites.  

“We are excited about our second Marriott hotel in this vibrant North Atlanta market,” said Brad Rahinsky, Hotel Equities’ President and COO.  “Two great hotels in such close proximity give us a synergy that will ensure a strong return on investment.”

Dignitaries in attendance included Glenn Lewis, Regional Vice President Marriott CFRST Franchise Lodging;  Mitchell Nies, BB&T; Craig Brown, CFO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Raimie Tritt and Allen Bennett, owners of the hotel; and Fred Cerrone, Chairman & CEO, Hotel Equities.

Located at the Mall of Georgia and 40 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the hotel offers guests convenient access to Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, and Lake Lanier. It is the first Fairfield Inn & Suites in the area to feature the brand’s new design and décor, which enhance the guest experience through flexible features and a warm and welcoming environment. 

Additional hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room, a conference room, valet laundry service and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as fax and copy services.

*Cutting the ribbon at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Buford/Mall of Georgia are (left to right) Mitchell Nies, BB&T; Hal Greer, PFVS Architecture; Dr. Raimie Tritt, Owner; Allen Bennett, Owner; Fred Cerrone, Chairman & CEO, Hotel Equities; Malinda Foster, Director of Sales, Fairfield Inn & Suites Buford/Mall of Georgia; Lauren Cato, General Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites Buford/Mall of Georgia; Glenn Lewis, Regional Vice President Marriott CFRST Franchise Lodging; Craig Brown, CFO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; and Shelly Bloom, Ambassador, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

About Hotel Equities

Hotel Equities (HE) is an Atlanta-based full-scale hotel ownership, management and development firm. Frederick W. Cerrone, CHA, serves as Chairman and CEO. Brad Rahinsky is President and COO.  Hotel Equities presently has more than 100 properties in its portfolio. For more information, visit


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Contact: Brad Rahinsky, President and Chief Operating Officer

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About Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, Fairfield Inn & Suites offers thoughtfully designed rooms and suites that provide separate living, working and sleeping areas. With more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and India, Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Buford/Mall of Georgia hotel directly at 678-714-0248, call the Fairfield Inn & Suites toll-free number at 800-228-2800, visit, become a fan at or follow Fairfield at

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