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PHD Hospitality was recently featured in Hotel Business and their the Shop Talk article. (Feb 21, 2016 issue) PDF

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Celebrating the Relaunch of Two Baltimore BWI Hotels
Comfort Inn & Suites BWI and Best Western Plus BWI Airport North to celebrate with Baltimore community

Comfort Inn Best Western Plus BWI Ribbon CuttingBaltimore, MD (September 15, 2015): Excel Group and PHD Hospitality, LLC are pleased to announce the Grand Opening/Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in partnership with the Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce at the newly renovated Best Western Plus BWI Airport North, 6055 Belle Grove Road and Comfort Inn and Suites BWI Airport, located at 6921 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Baltimore, Maryland. The ceremony will take place on September 24, 2015.

"We are pleased to re-introduce the community to these hotels," said Mr. Shoham Amin, Managing Partner, Excel Group.  "The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Comfort Inn and Suites and Best Western Plus marks the completion of two extensive renovation projects at these hotels. We are honored to be a part of the revitalization of this wonderful community."

District 32 State Senator Ed DeGrange is scheduled to attend the celebration to offer a few remarks and to assist in the ribbon-cutting. Other dignitaries slated to appear include Maryland State Delegates Pamela G. Beidle and Mark S. Chang, from District 32, Ned Carey from District 31A , Arundel County Police Department Northern District, Captain Thomas Kohlmann, Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation's Wes McQuilliam, and Pat Daly, from the NAACCC Board are scheduled to attend.  Also attending will be executives from Choice Hotels, Best Western Hotels, and business partners and clients from a four state region.  
 
Comfort Inn and Suites BWI Airport
Business and vacationing guests will enjoy the completely renovated hotel featuring new meeting venues, guest rooms and public areas, complimentary breakfast daily and all of a Comfort Inn and Suites Choice Hotel. The Comfort Inn and Suites BWI Airport's prime location places business and experience-seeking travelers within minutes of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Raven's M&T Bank Stadium, and Baltimore Orioles Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and Baltimore Zoo. Corporate travelers are just minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport and only a 30 minute train ride from Washington DC.

Best Western Plus BWI Airport North
A hotel with a modern, fresh vibe, the Best Western Plus BWI Airport North is perfectly located for business and leisure guests. Whether you're flying into Baltimore Washington International Airport for business at Northrup Grummond, Lockheed Martin or the National Security Agency (NSA) or in town for an Orioles or Ravens game, a sports tournament, or family event, we are the perfect hotel. We are located three miles from BWI Airport, one block from the MTA Light Rail or a short ride away from Inner Harbor and all of Baltimore's historical and cultural attractions. The Best Western Plus BWI Airport North is becoming a traveler's favorite for business trips and vacations.
 
About Excel Group
The Excel Group is a skilled real estate investment and asset management firm owned by Shoham Amin, its Managing Partner. Excel Group is a private equity firm focused on disciplined, cycle-appropriate hotel real estate acquisitions and asset management. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the group owns and manages 13 hotels with a portfolio valued at $200 million.

About PHD Hospitality
PHD Hospitality provides a hotel property management experience that gets results. From beginning to end; focused to full service asset management, design and development - PHD has the industry expertise to maximize the return on owner investment. "We continually strive to provide our guests an experience that will touch, move and inspire them," said PHD President and CEO, Dawn Berry. PHD Hospitality solutions include: Hotel Property Management, Human Resources/Risk Management, Asset Management/Development, Revenue Generation, Cost Containment/Operational Efficiencies, Interior Design/Procurement - New Build and Renovations, Sales and Marketing/Business Planning, Social Media and Online Marketing.

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Jodi Blaker Named to People 2015 by Hotel Business Design Magazine
Jodi Blaker PHD Hospitality Interior Design
We're thrilled to announce that Jodi Blaker, Director of Design and Procurement for Prestige HD/PHD Hospitality was profiled as one of the "People 2015" in Hotel Business Design's May/June 2015 issue. Congratulations Jodi! Read the full article here.


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Comfort Inn & Suites BWI Airport Revitalized
New Life Returning to Busy BWI Airport Hotel Complex

Comfort Inn Suites BWI Airport Baltimore MDScottsdale, AZ (January 12, 2015): PHD Hospitality is pleased to announce the opening of the newly renovated Comfort Inn and Suites BWI Airport, located at 6921 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Baltimore, Maryland. After a thorough and extensive restoration project, this 160 room hotel on the outskirts of the BWI Airport area is now open to serve our guests. Fully refurbished guest rooms are now updated with modern furnishings, bedding, fixtures, carpet, drapes and window treatments. Each guest room features an HDTV, microwave, and refrigerator.  Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access and a large work space. With a warm, classically modern look and a bold color palette, the hotel is ready to host overnight guests, receptions and meetings. The community and business travelers will appreciate the extreme makeover of this delightful hotel located just 3 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport and only one block from MTA Light Rail.

"We were thrilled to be a part of revitalizing of this complex with the total restoration and opening of the Comfort Inn and Suites and renovating and rebranding the Best Western Plus BWI Airport," said Chan Jin, Vice President of Operations for PHD. The hotel complex is owned and was renovated by Excel Group, a Virginia-based private equity firm that owns a growing portfolio of hotels in high-growth markets across the Eastern U.S.  "Along with our business and residential neighbors, who have been so supportive and encouraging, we look forward to the new energy and vitality that these two hotels will bring to the area," commented Jin.

Comfort Inn & Suites BWI Airport
Business and vacationing guests will enjoy the completely renovated hotel grounds, meeting spaces, guest rooms and public areas, complimentary breakfast daily and all of the benefits of staying at a Choice Hotel. The Comfort Inn & Suites BWI Airport's prime location places business and experience-seeking travelers within minutes of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Raven's M&T Bank Stadium, and Baltimore Orioles Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and Baltimore Zoo. Corporate travelers are just minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport and only a 30 minute train ride from Washington DC.

About PHD Hospitality
PHD Hospitality provides a hotel property management experience that gets results. From beginning to end; focused to full service asset management, design and development - PHD has the industry expertise to maximize the return on owner investment. "We continually strive to provide our guests an experience that will touch, move and inspire them," said PHD President and CEO, Dawn Berry. PHD Hospitality solutions include: Hotel Property Management, Human Resources/Risk Management, Asset Management/Development, Revenue Generation, Cost Containment/Operational Efficiencies, Interior Design/Procurement - New Build and Renovations, Sales and Marketing/Business Planning, Social Media and Online Marketing.


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Brian Berry Promoted to Director of Regional Operations for PHD Hospitality
Top Florida Hotel Management Leader to Guide Southeast Region

Brian Berry, PHD HospitalityScottsdale, AZ (December 2, 2014): It is with great pleasure that PHD Hospitality announces the promotion of Mr. Brian Berry to Director of Regional Operations. Berry joined PHD Hospitality in 2010, managing the Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, Florida with extraordinary success. His dedication and leadership brought numerous awards and recognition for the property and his team, including a spot in the Top 10% in Service ranking of all Hilton Garden Inn properties for the past 4 years running. Under Berry's guidance, the property demonstrated year over year revenue and RevPar growth as well as establishing the service standards that brought the honor of being PHD hotel of the year in 2010 and 2012.

In his new role, Berry will oversee the operations, development and growth of properties under PHD management in the Southeast region - "Brian has been an integral part of the PHD leadership team for last four years with a passion for developing teams and hoteliers that share our vision and focus on providing the highest level of guest experience. We look forward to Brian expanding his knowledge and expertise in achieving hospitality excellence with our properties," said PHD Hospitality Vice President of Operations, Mr. Chan Jin.

Since 1997 Berry has been building his success in the hospitality industry. From single property to regional leadership and project management to development and building hotels, Berry has left a trail of achievements in his wake. Working with diverse brands from La Quinta Inn and Suites, Choice Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, InterContinental and Hilton, Berry has been driven to be the best with his passion to serve.  "I look forward to guiding the hotels in my region to be the top in their markets. Creating guest experiences, exceeding revenue goals and team member satisfaction will be the highest priorities for our hotels," said Berry.

About PHD Hospitality
PHD Hospitality provides a hotel property management experience that gets results. From beginning to end; focused to full service asset management, design and development - PHD has the industry expertise to maximize the return on owner investment. "We continually strive to provide our guests an experience that will touch, move and inspire them," said PHD President and CEO, Dawn Berry. PHD Hospitality solutions include: Hotel Property Management, Human Resources/Risk Management, Asset Management/Development, Revenue Generation, Cost Containment/Operational Efficiencies, Interior Design/Procurement - New Build and Renovations, Sales and Marketing/Business Planning, Social Media and Online Marketing.

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Embassy Suites team donates time to housing clean up

Hilton Service Project Embassy SuitesPHD team members Jodi Blaker, Amanda Opiola and Kathy Miranda joined folks from Embassy Suites locations around the Phoenix area to help spruce up a home for a well deserving family in partnership with Hands On Phoenix and Save the Family Foundation back in October during Hilton Hotels 2014 Global Week of Service
Here's a link to the full article in the November 2014 issue of Hotel Management Magazine highlighting the event.  (page 113).

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PHD Hospitality Appoints Danh Tran to General Manager
at Hilton Garden Inn Seattle North/Everett
Seattle Hospitality Market Leader to Manage Mukilteo Property

Danh Tran General Manager Hilton Garden Inn Seattle North EverettMukilteo, WA (November 6, 2014): PHD Hospitality is delighted to announce that Danh Tran has been named General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/North Everett. In his new role, Tran will oversee the daily operation of this beautifully appointed 102 room property located adjacent to Paine Field Airport and the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, Snohomish County, Washington. "We are very pleased to have Danh join the PHD team. We are confident his strong leadership skills, expertise in the hospitality industry and familiarity with the Seattle market will drive this thriving property to even more success," said PHD Hospitality Vice President of Operations, Chan Jin.

Tran brings a proven track record of providing outstanding guest experiences to his new role. His focus and vision translate into top guest scores and reviews on brand and travel websites. "I'm excited to join PHD Hospitality. I look forward to inspiring my staff, being of service to our guests and contributing to success of the hotel," said Tran. His previous roles include General Manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites in Lynnwood, WA where he exceeded the established revenue and service goals. His other accomplishments include reducing costs, driving high occupancy rates and ranking #1 on TripAdvisor in Lynnwood for four consecutive years. His prior experience include at The Inn at Virginia Mason & The Baroness Hotel, Holiday Inn Seattle, and Doubletree Seattle Airport.

About The Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/North Everett
The Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/North Everett is a 102 room hotel located adjacent to Paine Field Airport and the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Mukilteo, Snohomish County, Washington.  Minutes from the charming waterfront town center of Mukilteo, Mukilteo Ferry, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, Puget Sound Ferry, Alderwood Mall, Tulalup Casino and numerous popular hiking trails like Japanese Gulch and Big Gulch.  The Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/North Everett is managed by PHD Hospitality; a Scottsdale, Arizona based Hospitality Management Company.

About PHD Hospitality
PHD Hospitality provides a hotel property management experience that gets results. From beginning to end; focused to full service asset management, design and development - PHD has the industry expertise to maximize the return on owner investment. "We continually strive to provide our guests an experience that will touch, move and inspire them," said PHD President and CEO, Dawn Berry. PHD Hospitality solutions include: Hotel Property Management, Human Resources/Risk Management, Asset Management/Development, Revenue Generation, Cost Containment/Operational Efficiencies, Interior Design/Procurement - New Build and Renovations, Sales and Marketing/Business Planning, Social Media and Online Marketing.