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Jim Harvey Tapped for General Manager Position at The Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill

NATICK, MA. October 26, 2017 - Distinctive Hospitality Group (DHG), in conjunction with The Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, is pleased to announce the appointment of hospitality industry veteran Jim Harvey to the post of General Manager, where he will oversee all hotel operations alongside the hotel’s leadership teams.

With over two decades of professional experience under his belt, Harvey began his career in 1989 when he assumed an Assistant General Manager role with the distinguished Winegardner & Hammons Hotel Group. Within a short timeframe, he was promoted to the position of General Manager, where he stayed for an impressive 12 years overseeing eight hotels in Michigan, which included managing day-to-day business, strengthening opportunities for growth, and perfecting guest service.

In 2002, Harvey moved to Boston and took the reigns as General Manager of the Sage Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts until 2006. Later that year, he joined the team at Peabody Hotel Group’s Somerville hotel, which was later acquired by DHG in 2010. In 2013, Harvey continued immersing himself in hotel management by taking on the role as General Manager of Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside, where he stayed for four years. Throughout his time as a General Manager, Harvey has worn many hats that have included working in brand relations, sales, and human resources.

Harvey’s well established career in the hotel industry has given him a strong understanding of all aspects of hotel operations, and his experience and ability to collaborate with both colleagues and the community will make him an extraordinary asset to the team at The Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim back to our team at Distinctive Hospitality Group,” said Lou Carrier, President of DHG. “Jim is a very astute operator with a strong understanding of Somerville’s dynamic marketplace. DHG has strong relationships within the city’s municipal, residential, and business communities, and Jim’s affection for the city and its citizens is as important as ours. Jim is going to be a terrific leader of our team, a great business leader, and a wonderful ambassador for the city of Somerville.”

In his new positon, Harvey will contribute to a variety of departments while ensuring positive guest experiences and maintaining smooth hotel operations. In his free time, Harvey enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea, his son, and two daughters.

About Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill:

Located at 30 Washington Street in Somerville, the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill is a full-service hotel and state-of-the-art event facility located just 3 miles from downtown Boston. Owned and operated by Distinctive Hospitality Group (DHG), the property features 184 newly renovated and tastefully appointed guestrooms and is conveniently situated near public transportation, providing easy access to nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the TD Garden, historic Boston landmarks, the academic hub of Cambridge, and many area colleges and universities. The hotel’s complimentary convenience services include free Wi-Fi, overnight parking and area shuttle service. Room service, a heated indoor pool, family-friendly sports deck, full-service on-site restaurant, and 24-hour fitness center are also available. For more information about the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, please visit www.bunkerhillbostonhotel.com or call 617.628.1000.

About Distinctive Hospitality Group:

Founded in 2010, Distinctive Hospitality Group is led by president and owner, Lou Carrier who offers years of experience in the hospitality industry and has overseen a number of the most successful hotel establishments in the country. Lou launched DHG with a mission to build a portfolio of unique high-end hotels, and comprised a solid team of seasoned hospitality professionals to work towards his dream. Located in Natick, MA, DHG is quickly building a name for its constant dedication to overseeing projects with lasting power and quality, ones that provide hotel guests and restaurant diners with the utmost in experience, service, style and atmosphere. For more information, please visit: www.DistinctiveHospitalityGroup.com.

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