Appointments & Promotions

Presidian Hotels & Resorts Appoints Geoffrey Bley as Chief Development Officer and Brian Long as Corporate Director of Operations

SAN ANTONIO, TX. August 2, 2017 - Presidian Hotels & Resorts, a premier hotel development, management and consulting firm announced today the official appointment of Geoffrey Bley as Chief Development Officer and Brian Long as its new Corporate Director of Operations.

Mr. Geoffrey Bley has 20 years' experience in real estate development, financing and construction management for hotel, commercial and mixed-use projects. He is a graduate of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio's Leadership Development Program and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Independent School Foundation.

Mr. Brian Long is an accomplished and proven hospitality operator, with over 20 years of executive management experience with some of the industry's leading management companies, including Bristol Hotels and White Lodging.

Charles Leddy, Presidian's CEO commented, "In my opinion there is no greater compliment for a company than the ability to attract exceptional talent. Geoff and Brian are great examples. We couldn't be more excited to welcome them to our Presidian family. Geoff and Brian will immediately add value to our organization as we continue to expand our hospitality portfolio across Texas and the south central region of the United States."

New leadership also includes Steve Kirkland, a 14-year veteran in hospitality accounting with White Lodging and Remington Hotels, who will now serve as the company's Controller. These new appointments will compliment the leadership team already in place at the corporate office, including Jeanette Mosley (CFO), Chip Young (COO) and Sergio M Cardenas (Corporate Director of Sales).

About Presidian

Presidian owns, operates and develops upscale hotel properties and residential projects, and represents flags under the Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG family of brands as well as boutique hotels. The quality of the portfolio has been nationally recognized by the companies they represent and by the portfolio performance in the markets they cover. For more information on Presidian, visit

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