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Chris Gennardo Joins HP Hotels as Area Vice President of Sales and Marketing

BIRMINGHAM, AL. July 27, 2017 - HP Hotels, a full-service third-party hotel management company, announced today that it has hired Chris Gennardo to fill the newly created position of Area Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Kerry Ranson, HP Hotels’ Chief Development Officer, made the announcement.

Chris brings with him over 25 years of Sales and Revenue Management experience. He has provided local, regional, and enterprise-wide leadership for large and small organizations in branded and independent environments. He will focus on HP’s full-service, upscale and luxury hotels.

His career includes time spent with many of the leading companies in the industry, including Marriott International – where he served as the Business Travel Sales Manager and also the Director of Group Revenue Management at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. He also spent several years with Hilton, where he was part of the company’s corporate revenue management team.

Other career positions for Chris have included Vice President of Revenue Management with Aramark Harrison Lodging where he gained unique experience in “Conference Center Sales” as well as significant exposure to the college markets; Regional Director with both JQ Hammons Hotels and Hersha Hotels Management; and, most recently, with The Procaccianti Group where he was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton New York Grand Central.

“Chris has a diverse background, which includes working at some of the country’s highest profile properties and also with some other respected national management companies,” said Ranson. “His experience and relationships are key assets for us as we continue to focus growth in the full service and upscale segments.”

About HP Hotels Management, Inc.

HP Hotels is a 3rd party management group with a portfolio of over 40 hotels in 12 states comprised of Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, Starwood, Choice, and Independent full-service and select- service hotels. With significant expertise in operations, asset management and profitability, HP has earned preferred hotel management company status with name brand hotel chains while ranking among the Top 50 largest Hotel Management Companies in the United States.

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