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Sunburst Hospitality Corporation Names Executive
Kevin Hanley President, Expands Executive Team

Silver Spring, MD – August 28, 2006 – Sunburst Hospitality Corporation announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors voted unanimously, at the recommendation of CEO Jim MacCutcheon, to promote Executive Vice President Kevin Hanley to the position of President of the Company and elected Mr. Hanley to the Board of Directors. The Board has empowered Mr. Hanley to execute rapid growth by identifying and pursuing real estate acquisition, development and redevelopment opportunities. 

“Kevin is highly gifted and it is a pleasure to see his talent recognized with this well-deserved promotion,” said Sunburst’s CEO Jim MacCutcheon in making the announcement.  “With his unparalleled experience in the area of real estate transactions and development, Kevin Hanley is the obvious leader of our reinvigorated growth initiative. Kevin and I have worked together over many years guided by a spirit of true partnership and we expect that to continue.” 

Sunburst is known for a highly successful long-term strategy based on recognizing the precise time in the business cycle to grow the company through development or acquisition and, on the other end of the spectrum, the right time to selectively divest assets.  Sunburst’s success at timing these objectives has provided a significant competitive advantage and has generated attractive financial returns for the company.

“Given the real estate-focused nature of the business, our ability to invest strategically has contributed immensely to the success of Sunburst over the past few cycles. Our well-timed rapid stages of development have yielded generous investment returns and have also created career opportunities for our most talented people,” continued Mr. MacCutcheon.

“As Sunburst enters this new phase of development, heightened dedication to key resources is critical to ensuring success,” said Mr. Hanley.  

To ensure that Mr. Hanley will be able to devote a substantial majority of his time to strategic growth of the corporation, the Board also approved a reorganization of Sunburst’s operating structure. To execute the company’s growth initiative, Sunburst has promoted several executives to increased levels of responsibility and hired two new executives to manage elements of the company’s growth initiatives. 

Tom Murphy has been promoted to the position of National Vice President of Operations with responsibility for all internal operations and marketing functions of the corporation. 

“Tom has again and again demonstrated the ability to make asset management transitions appear seamless and has always been held in the highest regard by those who work with him and for him,” remarked Mr. MacCutcheon. 

To further support Sunburst’s growth plans, two additional executives have been recruited.  Greg Heflin and Chris Milke, Vice Presidents of Development, will serve to identify, analyze, negotiate and close transactions.  

“Both Greg and Chris bring a variety of impressive successes and strong real estate asset experience to the organization, adding substantial depth to our transactional capacity, commented Mr. Hanley.

Additionally Matt Lundstrom has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Operations. In this position Mr. Lundstrom will oversee the Company’s portfolio of self-storage businesses. 

The strength and depth of Sunburst’s operating organization is based on the Company’s perseverance for market excellence on every level, operationally and through real estate and savvy asset management. These elements combine to provide Sunburst a strong foundation upon which it can build the Company’s growth initiatives into a prosperous reality.

About Sunburst Hospitality 

Sunburst Hospitality Corporation owns more than 40 nationally recognized hotels with more than 5,000 rooms, a championship golf course and surrounding residential development, and a portfolio of managed self-storage facilities and apartment communities.  Sunburst’s hotels are branded as Comfort Inn and Suites, Best Western, Clarion Hotels, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn and Amerihost Inns. The Company recently broke ground on the 252-unit residential condominium project, The Vista on Courthouse, located in Arlington, Virginia, which is scheduled for completion in 2008,

In August 2006, Sunburst announced the formation of Colesville Partners Real Estate LLC, a $300 million equity real estate vehicle with a $1 billion investment capacity,

Sunburst is committed to developing and successfully implementing strategies to maximize the value of its operating properties. James A. MacCutcheon, the company's CEO, has been with the company and its predecessor organizations since 1987. Mr. MacCutcheon and the executive management team have a successful record of managing ahead of industry cycles.

Sunburst recognizes that its best investments are those that it makes in its people. The Company is a recognized industry leader in developing and implementing best practices in the human resources area. Innovative compensation and benefit programs are in place at all levels of the company. Sunburst remains committed to developing opportunities for the career advancement of its associates while maximizing the value of assets in its portfolio.


Sunburst Hospitality Corporation
10770 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20901-4448   

Sharon Lemon
Zest Communications

Also See: Sunburst Hospitality Purchases Arkansas-based Glenwood Country Club, Plans Golf Resort Development / January 2005
Sunburst Hospitality Awards Top-Performing Hotels; The Peabody Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, Named Full-Service Hotel of the Year / October 2004

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