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HRI Properties Appoints Andrea Richey Director of Sales for
New Orleans, LA ( January 24, 2011)— Seasoned hospitality professional Andrea Richey has joined the Chateau Bourbon New Orleans a Wyndham Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter., as the new Director of Sales, announced Sarah Gagnon, Vice President of Sales for HRI Lodging, owner and operator of the hotel.
“We are very excited to welcome Andrea into the Chateau Bourbon Hotel family”, said Gagnon, “Her sales experience in both branded and independent hotels makes her an invaluable asset to the Chateau Bourbon sales team,” she added.
Richey brings 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience to the Chateau Bourbon Hotel, restored in 1995 by HRI Properties in the former D.H. Holmes department store building on Canal Street.
She has worked in the hospitality and real estate industry in cities across the South including Birmingham, AL; Gatlinburg TN, San Antonio, TX and Atlanta. She moves to New Orleans after serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the 329-room Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Prior to working at the Wynfrey, she earned the “Sales Team of the Year” Award at the Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center in Gatlinburg.
She has received numerous other recognitions, including the “Hyatt Sales Manager of the Quarter” at the Hyatt Regency Suites in Atlanta, and the “Outstanding Revenue-Index” for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and is a licensed real estate agent.
The 250-room Chateau Bourbon Hotel is located in the building where the legendary D.H. Holmes department store operated for more than 140 years. HRI restored and converted the building into a hotel in 1995 after D.H. Holmes closed its doors for the final time in 1989. The building was donated to the City of New Orleans, which in turn formed a public benefit corporation that partnered with HRI Properties to convert it to a hotel.
The building was made famous worldwide by the opening scene of the novel Confederacy of Dunces, when the book’s protagonist, Ignatius Reilly, impatiently waits for his mother beneath the D.H. Holmes clock that was recently refurbished and installed in its historic location by HRI Lodging.
About HRI Lodging
HRI Lodging owns and operates hotel properties in New Orleans, LA; Shreveport, LA; Jackson, MS and Richmond, VA. HRI hotels include restoration of ; the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, MS and the Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, VA, both of which fly the Hilton Garden Inn flag. For more information, go to www.hrilodging.com.
About HRI Properties
Based in New Orleans, HRI Properties (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 www.hriproperties.com.
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