NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 7, 2013) - Kay French has been named general manager for the Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of HRI Lodging, which manages the historic downtown property.

French was most recently the general manager of The Hotel Highland at Five Points South in Birmingham. There, she assisted in the renovation and conversion of the hotel and managed all day-to-day operations.

Prior to that, French worked for Integral Hospitality for three years as a human resources director for the Tutwiler Hotel and a general manager for the Hampton Inn in Rome, Georgia. She was also previously a general manager for The Hotel Group in Auburn.

"Kay's extensive experience in the hospitality industry makes her the perfect addition to the HRI Lodging team," said Gutierrez. "She has a drive to meet and exceed customers' individual expectations that will position her for success in her new role at the Tutwiler," he added.

French graduated from Faulkner University with a bachelor of science in human resources.

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 16 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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