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AWH Partners, LLC Announces Timothy Osiecki as President of AWH Development

NEW YORK, N.Y. January 12, 2017 – AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Timothy Osiecki as President of AWH Development, a new role at AWH. Osiecki will assume the day-to-day development responsibilities of the founding partners of AWH, enabling the company to deliver development services at an even higher level and freeing the partners to focus on the growth of the larger AWH platform. Taking the helm starting January 2017, Osiecki brings nearly 40 years of construction and development experience to AWH, including spending the last three decades developing high-quality, upscale select and full service hotels for award-winning Concord Hospitality.

“After an extensive nationwide search, we identified Tim as absolutely best-in-class to lead our hospitality development business,” says Chad Cooley, managing partner, AWH Partners, LLC. “His impressive experience in design, construction, major renovations, brand conversions and adaptive use projects make him the perfect fit to raise the bar in our Development division as we continue to grow AWH into an industry leader.”

While with Concord Hospitality, Osiecki directed the design and construction of over 15,000 hotel rooms in overseeing all major renovations, brand conversions and adaptive use projects for Concord. He led the design and development of the first LEED certified Courtyard by Marriott prototype hotel and received Marriott’s first Icon Award for creating new innovative ways to enhance brand design. He also received the "Design Excellence" award from Marriott for leading the design of the Gen IV SpringHill Suites prototype. Osiecki began his career as a custom homebuilder for eight years prior to joining Concord Hospitality. He is a long-standing member of Design and Construction Committees for Marriott and the former Starwood. He has worked across all the major brands to deliver award-winning hotels. “We look forward to having Tim lead the team as we continue to expand our development business,” says Russ Flicker, managing partner, AWH Partners, LLC. “His wheelhouse of knowledge across many different brands and property types will be a great asset to our current and future portfolio of owned and managed properties.” AWH Partners, LLC (“AWH”) is a privately held real estate investment firm formed by alumni of The Blackstone Group and The Related Companies. Since 2010, AWH and its principals, Russ Flicker, Jon Rosenfeld, Chad Cooley and Bernard Michael, have amassed a portfolio in excess of $1 billion. AWH owns Spire Hospitality, a top-tier national hospitality platform formed in 1980, and AWH Development, a full-service real estate development company, which collectively provide AWH with complete vertical integration in the hospitality investment space. For more information, visit www.awhpartners.com.

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