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Susan M. Sanders named Vice President, Strategic Planning &
Human Resources for Hospitality Ventures

ATLANTA, GA, May 20, 2010—Hospitality Ventures, LLC, a privately owned hotel ownership and management firm headquartered in Atlanta, today announced that it has named Susan M. Sanders Vice President of Strategic Planning & Human Resources.  In her new role at Hospitality Ventures, Sanders will lead the firm’s strategic planning and organizational alignment processes as well as oversee all aspects of human resources including recruiting, training, and associate relations.  She also will assist in hotel takeovers from both a systems and culture standpoint as well as ensure proper execution of the firm’s performance management and evaluation systems.
Sanders brings nearly 20 years of executive-level hospitality and management consulting experience to her new position.  For the past seven years, she worked as a management consultant specializing in enterprise performance management, operational excellence, and organizational development for prestigious organizations such as Intercontinental Hotel Group, Coca-Cola, and the American Red Cross.  Previously, she was Global Director, Six Sigma Training and Deployment, and Director, Organizational Development, for Starwood Hotels and Resorts with cross-brand, cross-geography responsibilities.  Sanders is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
From 1996-2000, Sanders served as Director, Training & Development, for Impac Hotel Group and subsequently Lodgian, Inc.  She also has served as a Corporate Quality Advisor to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Sanders’ hospitality industry experience includes a five-year adjunct faculty appointment at New York University’s Robert Preston Tisch Center for Hospitality Travel and Tourism, where she taught in the Master’s Program.  She holds MBAs from the Columbia Business School and London Business School, as well as a BS in Marketing from Florida State University.  
“Adding Sue Sanders to our senior management team is consistent with our business growth objectives and our strategy to improve the depth and effectiveness of all aspects of our corporate support resources and programs,” says Robert Cole, President & CEO of Hospitality Ventures.  “Given her breadth of experience in the hospitality industry and management consulting, we’re confident that Sue will make Hospitality Ventures a stronger firm at every level of our organization.”
About Hospitality Ventures, LLC
Hospitality Ventures, LLC is a privately owned, fully-integrated Atlanta-based hotel ownership and management firm.  The principals of Hospitality Ventures are the previous principals and founders of Impac Hotel Group.  During their time at Impac, they successfully owned and operated more than 150 hotels in every size and service category.  Hospitality Ventures currently owns and/or operates 22 hotels in 13 states (coast to coast) that collectively have 3,670 guest rooms.  Eighteen of the 22 hotels operate under Hilton or Marriott franchise agreements.  

Roger Miller (678) 360-8559

Also See: RockBridge Partners, Hospitality Ventures Joint Venture Completes $35.2 Million Top-to-bottom Renovation of Five All-Suite Hotels / January 2009

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