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John P. Cario Named General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn
in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, VA (April 15, 2010)—John P. Cario, a longtime respected hotel manager in the Richmond area, has been named general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown in the historic Miller & Rhoads complex.

“We are proud and pleased to bring in a veteran of some 30 years in hotel management to our Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown,” said Gary Gutierrez, president of HRI Lodging, an affiliate of HRI Properties (HRI), the lead developer and part owner of the Miller and Rhoads complex. “John has achieved a record of significant success at every position he has held, and his roots in the Richmond area add another dimension to the future success of our hotel,” added Gutierrez.

Cario is a past board member of the Richmond Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently serves on the board of the Greater Richmond Hotel & Motel Association. 

He has worked in a number of management capacities in Richmond area hotels under the Wyndham, Doubletree and Embassy Suites flags. 

During his career with Wyndham, he opened or operated seven hotels in Chicago, Nashville, Maryland and Arizona. His Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace Wyndham received “Best New Hotel Award” in 1996. Most recently, he served as general manager of another downtown Richmond hotel, advancing operations following a $10 million renovation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisburg, VA.

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown offers 250 rooms and more than 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The hotel forms one part of the restoration of the entire historic Miller & Rhoads building that also includes 133 condominium units and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

About HRI Properties
Based in New Orleans with offices in St. Louis, Missouri, HRI is 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, sustainable communities. For more information, go to

HRI Lodging operates hotel properties in New Orleans, LA; Shreveport, LA; Jackson, MS and Richmond, VA. HRI hotels include restorations of the D.H. Holmes department store and the Commerce Building in New Orleans, the King Edward Hotel in Jackson and the Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, the latter three of which fly the Hilton Garden Inn flag.


Sarah Gagnon
VP of Sales, HRI Lodging
(504) 281-4002

Also See: HRI Lodging Appoints Sean Byers as General Manager for Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown / April 2010

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