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NEW ORLEANS, LA (January 27, 2014) - Jon Burckin has been named director of  business development for HRI Lodging, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of HRI Lodging.

"Jon will be responsible for identifying new management opportunities as our company continues to expand across the country," Gutierrez said. "Jon's nationwide experience in the financial side of the hospitality industry perfectly fits our commitment to delivering extraordinary value to prospective partners," Gutierrez added.

Before joining HRI Lodging, Burckin was the managing director of business development for Access Point Financial, a direct hospitality lending and advisory platform based in Atlanta. In that role, he managed relationships with major hospitality brands, hotel operators and owners. He also originated and structured lending opportunities on new construction, redevelopment and repositioning of hotel assets across the United States.

Burckin previously worked 17 years for Scotiabank, Canada's third largest bank, where he most recently managed the firm's relationships in the hospitality industry from the New York office. He also worked on Scotiabank's corporate banking operations in San Francisco and global risk management in Toronto.

Burckin received a degree in economics from the University of California-San Diego and an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management.

About HRI Lodging

HRI Lodging, Inc. (HRIL) is one of the 50 largest hotel management companies in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 17 hotels and resorts spanning the continental U.S. By building alliances with major domestic and international investment firms, the organization pursues a dual mode growth strategy of managing independent, boutique properties as well as partnering with industry leading brands, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HRI Lodging is the hotel management division of New Orleans-based HRI Properties, 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 and Sustainable Communities.

Contact: Brett Forshag, VP, Sales & Marketing / 504-585-1902

Contact: for media: Tom Long, Thomas Long Corporate Communications / 504-283-8522

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