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Don Fraser Named Corporate Director of Operations
for Denihan Hospitality Group

New York -- August 8, 2007 – Don Fraser has been named corporate director of operations where he will oversee housekeeping, laundry and maintenance operations for Denihan Hospitality Group (DHG), announced the company’s co-CEO Patrick Denihan.  DHG operates the Affinia brand of lifestyle hotels and the luxury Benjamin hotel brand.

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Fraser most recently held the position of general manager at the Hilton Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ.  Prior to his tenure at Surrey Hotels & Interstate Hotels Corporation he was with Crestline Hotels Corporation / Wyndham International / Performance Hospitality Interstate Hotels Corporation for thirteen years where he held various key roles such as resident manager, rooms director, and director of housekeeping.  Fraser’s hospitality career began at Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Ohio and Illinois where he spent six years. 

Fraser’s primary role will be to provide support, training and guidance to Affinia Hotels and The Benjamin in the areas of talent management, financial performance, corporate contracts, brand standards and standard operating procedures.  Fraser will be responsible for all back of the house operations as they relate to future acquisitions in addition to overall responsibilities as transition team leader.  Fraser will work closely with all general managers and other corporate departments to help continue to elevate the operations support functions at DHG.

“Don Fraser is known and respected in the hotel industry,” commented DHG co-CEO Patrick Denihan, in making the announcement.  “With his strong background in back-of-house management and excellent proven record, we feel he will be a strong asset in helping the Denihan Hospitality Group maintain our high standards and achieve our aggressive growth goals.”

Fraser is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where he received a BS in Hotel/Restaurant & Institutional Management.  

With a half-century of hospitality management expertise, the privately owned Denihan Hospitality Group operates two brands: Affinia Hotels and The Benjamin. Affinia Hotels offers an array of hotel options to suit particular lifestyle and travel preferences in prime locations in Manhattan and Chicago, and includes the Affinia Dumont, the Affinia 50, the Affinia Gardens, the Affinia Manhattan, and the Affinia Chicago. The Affinia Shelburne will make its debut in early 2008.  The Benjamin provides an experience of true luxury with the highest level of service in an intimate, boutique-style setting. Based in New York City, DHG also manages several independent hotels in Manhattan.  DHG’s mission is to grow its portfolio nationally through acquisitions, ventures/partnerships, and management contracts.  The company will seek to expand both of its core brands as well as leverage its expertise to manage other branded and independent properties.  For more information, visit


Caroline Klein

Also See: Manhattan East Suite Hotels Rebrands Itself to Affinia Hospitality / May 2003


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