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Denihan Hospitality Appoints General Manager Paul Cardona and Director of Sales Von Fabella of The James Chicago Hotel

NEW YORK, NY. November 6, 2017 - Denihan Hospitality, an independent owner and operator of boutique hotels in top U.S. urban markets, announced new leadership at The James Chicago, appointing General Manager, Paul Cardona and Director of Sales, Von Fabella to join the team. Earlier this Spring, The James Chicago underwent a lobby renovation, re-designed by Dufner Heighes, to bring a mindfully modern and fresh perspective to the property, including locally curated artists. The James Chicago have on-boarded skilled and like-minded professionals like Mr. Cardona and Mr. Fabella to enhance and continue to improve the James overall brand, with today's traveler in mind.

"We are eager to announce the recent appointment of Paul Cardona and Von Fabella for The James Chicago as we continue to move forward and build this talented and qualified leadership team. As we focus on improved performance, both Mr. Cardona and Mr. Fabella are accomplished professionals who will strengthen the James brand and furthermore aid Denihan Hospitality to reach the goal of collectively operating 30 hotels by 2023", said Vera Manoukian, President/COO, Denihan.

As former General Manager for Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center, Mr. Cardona brings outstanding performance skills with an impressive portfolio of achieved milestones in hospitality management. Mr. Cardona has also managed operations execution of multiple upscale Le Meridienand Luxury Collection hotels. Previous lifestyle properties include SLS, Soho Beach House and Park Hyatt Chicago where Mr. Cardona lead the team to achieve its single (1) Star Michelin rating for NoMi.

"Through my experience with successfully executing various projects and properties, I am thrilled to work with Denihan Hospitality and further elevate The James Chicago's overall performance onwards", stated Paul Cardona, General Manager, The James Chicago.

Adding new operational, sales, and marketing experience to the team, Mr. Fabella will lead The James Chicago's strategic sales initiatives. Mr. Fabella previously was the Director of Sales for properties including Hilton's HGI Chicago Riverwalk, Preferred Hotels and Resort's Kinzie Hotel, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, along with the Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Excelling in redesigning sales operation procedures, Mr. Fabella will utilize his strong knowledge and experience to achieve aggressive revenue goals for The James Chicago. Fabella attended Colorado State University for Finance, and is a certified Meeting Professional.

"I'm looking forward to this new endeavor with the James Hotels team specifically leveraging my prior experience in redesigning sales operation procedures to support Denihan Hospitality in reaching the projected expansion goal of", said Von Fabella, Director of Sales, The James Chicago.

The James Hotels continue to evolve and excel in providing guests authenticity and connection, to themselves and others.

About Denihan Hospitality

Denihan is a privately-held, full service hotel management and development company. The company owns and/or operates boutique hotels in major urban markets throughout the U.S. For over 50 years, Denihan has built a world-class lodging investment platform within the boutique/lifestyle hotel space, creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing independent assets. The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under The James and Affinia Hotel Collectionbrands, as well as several Manhattan independent boutique hotels, including The Surrey, voted best US city hotel and best New York City hotel in Travel + Leisure 'Readers' Choice Awards for 'World's Best Awards 2017' and The Benjamin. The Denihan portfolio also includes an impressive list of chef-driven restaurants and bars. The company's uniquely guest-centric approach, refined through three generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry leader in hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as hotel operations, management and marketing. More details can be found at www.denihan.com.

Will Davis

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