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LBA Hospitality Appoints Emily Thomas Director of Sales for Homewood Suites Chattanooga-Hamilton Place

CHATTANOOGA, TN. December 15, 2016 – LBA Hospitality, a full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm, has appointed Emily Thomas director of sales of Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga-Hamilton Place.

Thomas will head the sales department by fostering new and existing customer relationships within the Chattanooga community. She most recently served as the sales coordinator at DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront and previously worked at Embassy Suites Tuscaloosa Downtown and the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission.

“Thomas brings a wealth of Hilton brand knowledge, southern hospitality and a fresh approach to the property," President Beau Benton said. “Those assets and the property’s recent renovation are a winning combination for LBA and the Chattanooga area."

The recently renovated Homewood Suites Chattanooga offers 76 spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with new kitchen cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and beds. Each of the property’s public spaces, including the outdoor patio, have been refreshed. The hotel is conveniently located three miles from Lovell Field Airport and a short distance from attractions such as Hamilton Place Mall, Chattanooga Aquarium, Ruby Falls and Rock City.

About LBA Hospitality

Founded in 1973, LBA Hospitality is a full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm. With more than 60 properties in 10 states, LBA Hospitality is the premier hotel developer for the Southeast. For more information, visit www.lbahospitality.com.

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Stephanie Fisher
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