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Two Roads Hospitality Appoints Rika Lisslö as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development

DENVER, CO. October 5, 2017 – International lifestyle company Two Roads Hospitality has appointed Rika Lisslö to Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. Lisslö comes to the Two Roads Hospitality team with over 10 years of experience as a real estate executive with a proven track record in mixed-use developments across the hospitality, retail, office and restaurant sectors. Her multi-disciplinary background will be applied to growing the Two Roads Hospitality family of brands across the Eastern United States.

“Rika’s vast network in hospitality finance and experience in hotel and real estate development make her an ideal addition to our Acquisitions and Development team,” said Todd Wynne-Parry, Executive Vice President of Global Acquisitions and Development for Two Roads Hospitality. “We are thrilled to welcome her to the team as Rika brings a highly-suited range of expertise to her new role overseeing our growth across targeted regions of North America.”

Previously, Lisslö served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Dream Hotel Group, leading brand expansion efforts and hotel development opportunities in North America. She also spent more than two years with JF Capital Advisors as Managing Director with a focus on the hospitality sector and more than five years as Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, specializing in mixed-use developments. Early in her career, Lisslö worked for SCR Architecture and Design in New York City, where she focused on architectural space planning and surveying.

Lisslö studied Economics and French at Frans Schartau in Stockholm, Sweden. She is an active member of the Fundraise for World Childhood Foundation and is a mentor for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Mentor Program.

About Two Roads Hospitality

Created in September 2016, Two Roads Hospitality is an international lifestyle company encompassing an unrivaled collection of distinctive properties, passionate people, and remarkable experiences around the globe. The company is named for the recently-merged Commune and Destination Hotels, bringing together over 40 years of combined expertise exclusively dedicated to the boutique and lifestyle space. Comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, the company is the leading operator of independent hotels with more than 95 properties in eight countries and growing, also boasting an extensive roster of award-winning restaurants and bars, stunning vacation residences, world-class golf courses, and indigenous spa and wellness offerings. For more information on Two Roads Hospitality, visit, follow us on Twitter @TwoRoadsHotels, or like us on Facebook.

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