ATLANTA (September 29, 2015) – Staybridge Suites® Atlanta Midtown, opening early 2016 under a dual-branded transformation with Crowne Plaza in the same Midtown Atlanta building, proudly announces the appointment of Jim Ricci as general manager. Bringing more than 30 years of dynamic hospitality experience in middle and executive level management, Ricci has deliberate plans for the success of the soon-to-be open Staybridge Suites Atlanta Midtown.

"I love being a part of the IHG family and working with an early adopter of the dual-branded hotel concept," said Jim Ricci, general manager of Staybridge Suites Atlanta Midtown. "I am eager to introduce Atlanta to this amazing new product."

As an associate of Spire Hospitality since 1997, Ricci worked as assistant general manager and director of sales at Holiday Inn in Elmhurst, Ill., where he was responsible for driving hotel revenue while developing his leadership expertise. Ricci was appointed general manager of AmeriSuites in Schaumburg, Ill. after assisting in Spire Hospitality's acquisition of the property. Most recently, Ricci served as general manager of Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-Downtown in Chicago, where he oversaw day to day hotel operations, developed key internal talent and demonstrated exemplary leadership.

"The record of success and industry insight that Jim brings to Staybridge Suites Atlanta Midtown will be instrumental," said Bill DeForrest, president & CEO of Spire Hospitality. "He has continued to display the drive and passion necessary to reach company and brand goals."

Ricci is recognized in the industry for his unparalleled commitment, positive contributions and leadership success, nominated for General Manager of the Year in 2005, and later, winning the title in 2007 by Lane Hospitality.

Once the conversion is completed in early 2016, the six floors designated as Staybridge Suites will feature spacious studio and one-bedroom suites with comfortable living space including a fully equipped kitchen and a functional, well-lit workspace with a large desk. Guests may relax and socialize in the property's lobby-level Great Room or Outdoor Living Room during The Social evening receptions, held each Tuesday through Thursday, offering complimentary beer and wine and customizable entrées, fostering a sense of community within the hotel.

Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotels participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club, which is the industry's first and largest guest loyalty program with nearly 79 million members. IHG® Rewards Club is free to join and guests can enroll at, by downloading the IHG® app, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 4,700 hotels worldwide. All IHG Rewards Club members will have access to free Internet globally in 2014. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that our hotels can meet our guests' needs whatever the occasion.

For more information on Staybridge Suites Atlanta Midtown located at 23 Linden Avenue NW., Atlanta GA 30308, visit Staybridge Suites Atlanta Midtown or call 404-877-9495.