At Pinnacle Hotel Management, GM Entrepreneurs
and Centralized Accounting Support Growth
When the corporate office handles accounting, properties focus on profitability
Pittsburgh - May 25, 2006 - Pinnacle Hotel Management delivers what investors crave – profitability and fast growth.  The company manages 17 properties for several different ownership groups and recently acquired an additional nine Marriott-managed hotels. So how does it drive this success?  The secret is a combination of management entrepreneurship, centralized support, and hotel computer systems technology. 

Founded in 1997 by Ron Franklin and Dick Vilardo, Florida-based Pinnacle operates with a philosophy that each property is its own business, and every hotel’s management team is responsible for its success.  To support its general managers, Pinnacle provides as much administrative assistance as possible, giving GMs freedom to focus on improving property performance. 

“Our investors expect a strong bottom line with a minimum of management expense, and we deliver it,” said Pinnacle Director of Finance, Felicia Matula.  “We run a very lean operation, three regional managers and my accounting staff, and we automate wherever possible.”

In an effort to tighten operations, standardize financial ownership reporting and support its general managers, Pinnacle automated and centralized its accounting processes with help from Aptech Computer Systems customized software solutions.  Pinnacle implemented the Profitvue® enterprise financial system from Aptech that provides immediate secured access to Pinnacle’s records for review, analysis and reporting. 

“Before automating, property managers frequently requested changes or corrections to their manual entries by phone, which required the corporate accounting team to make corrections and email them verification,” explained Ms. Matula, who began with Pinnacle as a GM seven years ago before being appointed director of finance.  “Now, GMs can email or phone with their revisions and can verify the changes almost instantly to confirm accuracy and check performance.  In addition, they can review their performance numbers online with Aptech’s Webvue® to check expenses or get a first-draft P&L to verify accuracy; they don’t have to wait until month end.”  Both Profitvue and Webvue are part of Aptech’s suite of hotel management software and hospitality business intelligence software. 

Pinnacle’s dramatic growth necessitated the move to Aptech.  “At first we did not even have an accounting office; but as we added hotels – like our full-service Orlando Marriott-Lake Mary -- we knew we needed to move to an accounting system designed for the hotel industry that could support multiple properties,” said Matula.  “That was when we upgraded our financial system to Profitvue.”  Matula added, “One of the advantages of using a proven accounting system for a complex operation like ours is the ease in maintaining reporting standards.  In addition, it only takes about five minutes to add a new hotel to the system.  With growth like ours, this saves lots of time.” Nearly all Pinnacle’s properties are Marriott flags and most are limited service. 

Although Pinnacle Hotel Management is focused on developing and managing Florida hotels, the company also maintains projects that include a Residence Inn in Anaheim Hills, California, a Homewood Suites in Columbia, Maryland, and a Residence Inn in Hartford/Avon, Connecticut. 

“Our growth, combined with the need to support our GMs so they can focus on their property’s performance, makes us highly dependent on technology to keep us efficient and effective,” said Matula.  “Aptech is an excellent technology partner for us because they understand how we run our company.  When we call, we speak with the same group 

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of people. They know Pinnacle’s business and how its financials are set up.  When we add a new property, they bring the books online in the corporate system the same day we call them.   All in all, it’s a rewarding partnership that allows us to thrive.”

Aptech will be exhibiting at HITEC 2006 in Minneapolis, Minn., June 20-22. 
Please visit booth 1001 to receive a complete demonstration of Aptech’s
Execuvue®, Profitvue®, Targetvue® or Webvue® solutions.

About Pinnacle Hotel Management

Pinnacle Hotel Management was founded in 1997 to develop and manage Marriott- and Hilton- branded hotels. Its first project, the 123-room Courtyard Orlando East at UCF in Orlando, Fla., opened in June 1997. Since that time, Pinnacle has developed 16 additional hotels including its most recent project, the 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Avon, Conn., an affluent suburb of Hartford. The largest project to date is the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, a 304-room, full- service hotel in the booming suburban Lake Mary market of Orlando. The company manages its own hotels, as well as those owned by other companies. Although primarily a company focused on new-build projects, Pinnacle Hotel Management has successfully completed conversion projects such as the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Palm Beach, Fla., and the Courtyard in Key West, Fla.

About Aptech Computer Systems 

Aptech Computer Systems, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, leads the hospitality industry in leveraging change by valuing human relationships and applying technology to solve business problems for people. 

Incorporated in 1970, Aptech is a financial and operations technology solutions and service company whose products include state-of-the-art back office, business intelligence and enterprise planning products: Profitvue, Execuvue and Targetvue. Over 1,100 users, including very large chains, multiple-property management companies and single-site hotels, utilize Aptech solutions to understand their financial and operational data.  By offering the hotel industry a solid resource of hospitality professionals, and through its proven ability to evolve technology offerings as the market dictates, Aptech is proud to have earned 100% customer loyalty.  Execuvue and Profitvue are registered trademarks and MyExecuvue? is registered to Aptech Computer Systems, Inc.  All other trademarks are owned by their respective holders.


Aptech Computer Systems
Cam Troutman, Director of Sales
135 Delta Drive 
Pittsburgh, PA 15238 
Phone: 800-245-0720 or (412) 963-7440

Media Contact:
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