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Inn at the 5th Welcomes New General Manager J.B. Carney

EUGENE, OR. August 8, 2017 - Inn at the 5th, a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Eugene, Oregon, welcomes J.B. Carney as new general manager.

Carney comes to Inn at the 5th with more than 13 years of lodging industry experience. He has served in a variety of positions at full-service and select-service Marriott and Intercontinental Hotel Group properties, most recently as general manager at a hotel in Eugene. He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and his Master of Science degree in Hospitality Administration from Oklahoma State University.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an experienced and passionate individual to our team,” said Brian Obie, owner and president of Obie Hospitality, which operates Inn at the 5th as well as Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise, Idaho. “As our hospitality company continues to grow with new properties around the West, ensuring our hotels offer warm and genuine service is a top priority. With J.B.’s history in the community and his long tenure in the hospitality industry, Inn at the 5th is in excellent hands.”

Carney is married and has three kids. When not in the office, he enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his family, running, and traveling. While he loves boutique hotels, Carney once spent six months “rouging it” living out of a tent touring the islands of New Zealand.

About Inn at the 5th

Inn at the 5th is a luxury, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Eugene, Oregon. The modern hotel offers a relaxing day spa, fine dining, and the historic Fifth Street Public Market full of artisan shops and eclectic restaurants. Amenities include private balconies, fireplaces, butler’s pantries, and local artwork, as well as pet-friendly rooms, business centers on every floor, a 24-hour fitness center, room service, and complimentary luxury shuttle services. More at

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