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July 22, 2009


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A chedil e rengelekei. Mesel bol merek tial resort eak bai mo olterau a makitengek ma cheremek el babii er sei. Nglocha bai kmal mo betok a okiak er sei. Adang mekerang? Tiakid a ungil plan. Tiakid a siukang. Ochoi.

I know how UKIHL can get the respect of the nay-sayers on this blog site...

Hey LD why don't you go see AS and get him to give you a 500,000,000.00 loan from Palau Bank, use Peleliu and Angaur as collateral, done deal!

After all he did this for Aman (2.4 million dollars capital funded by Palau Bank using local Palau land as collateral). So if everything turns sour, Palauans will lose their money, not Aman Group - now that's real good business sense that blogging naysayers will really respect and appreciate!

Contratulations to Amman Palau.

I am presently staying at the Amman in Phuket, Thailand and I love this resort. I am looking forward to visiting Palau soon and I will most definately booking my stay at the Amman Palau.

Well done Palau !!

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 29, 2009 - Davidson Hotel Company, one of the nation's largest independent hotel management companies, today announced that it will re-open and manage the Doubletree Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention Center hotel following the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. The company also will manage the new Monroeville Convention Center next door, scheduled to open in September. Oxford Development Corporation is the owner and developer of the complex.

"We have an affinity for convention-center hotels with significant meeting space that cater to sizeable groups," said Steve Margol, Davidson's chief investment officer. "Currently, Davidson has nearly 900,000 square feet of meeting and convention space in our portfolio, including the Eugene Convention Center in Oregon. This hotel and convention center is the first project out of our new relationship with Oxford Development Company, and will be a huge asset to the Monroeville community and local businesses in this economic down cycle."

"We have previous development and management experience in this market with the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh-International Airport in Coraopolis, Pa.," said Patrick F. Lupsha, Davidson's chief operating officer. "We are consulting with ownership during all phases of the pre-opening process, including renovations and new Doubletree franchise agreement negotiations. Currently in its pre-opening phase, the hotel is staffed by the general manager, director of sales, catering sales manager and chief engineer. There already is significant business on the books for the Monroeville Convention Center for the last four months of 2009."

Located at 101 Mall Blvd., the 15-story Doubletree Pittsburgh/Monroeville Convention Center spans 15 1/2 acres in Monroeville, Pa., and is adjacent to the new 120,000 square-foot CVS/Caremark regional center for excellence. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge. The hotel has 190 guest rooms and includes 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, accommodating groups up to 720 people. The hotel is projected to be open by December 2009.

"The Greater Pittsburgh metro area remains a strong destination market, particularly now with the added benefit of the soon-to-open convention center," said Scott Bergstein, Oxford vice president of realty services. 

"Drawing on Davidson's operational expertise in convention center hotels, we expect the property to ramp up quickly and become a major factor in the region."

State Senator Sean Logan who represents the Monroeville area was largely responsible for providing more than $5 million in public funding to the Monroeville Convention Center. "I am pleased to have played a role in ensuring that Monroeville and the eastern suburbs will continue to have a first-class hotel and convention center to call their own," he said.

"The small investment of Commonwealth funds will enable the developer to create jobs and continue economic development in the area. Additionally, the trickle-down effect to local businesses like shops, restaurants and hotels will do wonders for generating revenues for Monroeville."

The newly built, state-of-the-art Monroeville Convention Center is next door to the hotel and offers more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space capable of hosting groups up to 5,400 people. The center is an adaptive reuse of a former retail store and replaces the Monroeville ExpoMart.

"Redevelopment of the entire complex took about two years, during which time the hotel was transformed into 'like-new' status," said Phil Miller, vice president-design & construction, Davidson Hotel Company. 

"The hotel's brick exterior will be updated to a more Earth-toned color. 
The South Tower was removed, while the inside of the North Tower is being completely renovated. In addition, the hotel received a newly-constructed porte cochere and updated landscaping."

About Oxford Development Company
Oxford Development Company is the largest privately owned real estate development company in Western Pennsylvania. As a full service real estate firm, Oxford has more than 44 years of real estate development, property management and leasing experience under the same ownership and control. Oxford has developed, owned, leased and/or managed over 65 million sq. ft. of commercial space including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, distribution operations, high technology data centers, medical satellite facilities, health/fitness facilities, apartment complexes, exhibition centers, luxury condominiums, theaters and hospitals. Oxford and its affiliated companies employ over 1,600 persons. 

About Davidson Hotel Company 
Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Davidson Hotel Company is an award-winning, full-service hotel owner and third-party management company that provides management, development/renovation, acquisition, consulting and accounting expertise for the hospitality industry. The company currently owns and/or manages 39 upscale, independent and branded hotels with nearly 10,800 rooms across the United States, including such affiliations as Westin, Sheraton, Hyatt, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Marriott, Renaissance, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. I guess any additional information on Davidson should be obtained by contacting Lord Davidson


You are so full of it. So you saying just because Lord Davidson has such a name, he is also connected to Harley Davidson, and Suzette Morris Davidson? How about that? Such lies. Here the list of executives for Davidson Hotel Company. In this, Davidson is only a company name. No attachments to Lord Davidson or Phillip Morris or Winston or Camel.

Each member of Davidson Hotel Company’s leadership team has an average of more than 25 years of experience. The team’s combined skills create a breadth and depth of expertise that is unparalleled in the industry, giving Davidson a foundation that breeds quality, superior returns and guest and associate satisfaction. As individuals, each member demonstrates the integrity that characterizes Davidson.

John Belden, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined the company in 1989. Previously, John led the Business Development team during a period of unprecedented growth for the company, overseeing new management, acquisition and development opportunities for the company, as well as asset management and asset disposition responsibilities. Prior to Davidson, John served on the Concept Development team for Homewood Suites and later became its Director of Development - Western Region. John also worked in the Development and Market Planning Division of Holiday Corporation providing development services primarily to the Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn systems. Previous to Holiday Corporation, John worked in the Franchise/Development area of The Residence Inn Company and started his hospitality career as a hotel consultant at Laventhol and Horwath.

John is currently serving on the Hilton Owner's Advisory Council, the Doubletree Advisory Council and the Starwood North American Owner Advisory Board. He is also an Appointed Director of the HRI School at Michigan State University.

John obtained a degree from the Business College at Michigan State University with an emphasis in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

Patrick Lupsha, Chief Operating Officer, joined the company in 2001. Prior to joining Davidson, Pat served for 16 years with Wyndham International and held a number of key positions, including that of Senior Vice President. During his tenure at Wyndham, Pat directed hotel conversions, capital projects, third-party owner relations, and revpar/profit growth. He also served as Vice President/General Manager of the Wyndham Anatole, a 1,620 room property, located in Dallas, Texas and the Wyndham Elbow Beach Resort, a four-star beachfront resort, located in Paget, Bermuda. As Senior Vice President, Pat supervised approximately 50 Wyndham hotels.

Steven Margol, Chief Investment Officer, joined the company in 1994. Steve oversees the growth of the company's portfolio including investment, acquisition and disposition activity, and asset management. He is also responsible for creating and maintaining both equity and debt relationships with top-tier capital partners. Prior to Davidson, Steve was Vice President of Appraisal & Consulting with Grubb & Ellis Company, with national responsibility for hospitality industry assignments. Prior to his association with Grubb & Ellis, Steve was a hospitality industry specialist with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets' Real Estate Investment Banking Department, and Laventhol and Horwath. Steve received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Emory University.

Ted Arps, Senior Vice President - Business Development, joined the company in 2005. Ted’s primary responsibility is the development of new management and ownership opportunities for the company as well as disposition and asset management functions. Prior to Davidson, Ted was Director of Hotel Investments for Crow Holdings, where he managed Crow’s hotel investment holdings. Prior to that, Ted spent fifteen years with Bristol Hotels and Resorts in a variety of operational and development roles finishing his career with Bristol as Senior Vice President of Operations. Ted holds a Bachelor of Hotel Administration degree from Cornell University.

Thomas M. Geshay, Senior Vice President of Business Development has been in a management position with Davidson since 1987. Thom is responsible for new business activity and the growth of the company through management, ownership and development opportunities. He also oversees property dispositions, refinancings and asset management functions. His experience in the hospitality industry spans two decades during which he held a variety of property and corporate level positions in operations and business development. He began his hotel career at an early age as a bellman, working his way through the ranks and acquiring considerable expertise in virtually every aspect of hotel development and operations. He has completed over a billion dollars in acquisitions and recapitalizations, primarily single-asset and portfolio transactions, and has structured joint venture agreements, negotiated management contracts, and negotiated franchise agreements with virtually every brand. Geshay held several other strategic corporate positions during his tenure with Davidson including Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to his corporate positions, he served as General Manager for several properties within the Davidson portfolio. He also spent 3 years as Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Tarsadia Hotels. Thom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Ronald Kim, Vice President – Business Development, joined the company in 2005. Ron’s primary responsibility is new acquisitions and management contracts for the company in the Western United States. Prior to Davidson, Ron was with Hilton Hotels Corporation where he served as Vice President-Project Finance and most recently as Vice President-Managed Development. Before his tenure with Hilton Hotels Corporation, Ron was an Associate in the Lodging & Leisure Group with Lend Lease (formerly the Yarmouth Group) and Senior Auditor in the Real Estate Group with Arthur Andersen, LLP. Ron holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from UCLA. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Derek Martin joined Davidson Hotel Company in 2007 as Director of Business Development. Derek’s primary responsibility includes underwriting new management and ownership opportunities as well as providing asset management for current investments. Prior to Davidson, Derek worked for Crow Holdings in Dallas, TX. He spent three years as an analyst and was then was involved in acquisitions and asset management for their hotel portfolio. Derek received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University

Mark French, Senior Vice President - General Counsel, joined the company in 1986. Mark's primary responsibility is overseeing the legal and contractual obligations of the company. Mark also participates in the coordination of financing requirements of the management company and its operating hotels. Prior to Davidson, Mark was Vice President of Commercial Lending in the banking industry and previously an attorney in private practice. A native Memphian, Mark obtained his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and his law degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Crystal Beasley, Associate Counsel, joined the company in 2007. Crystal’s primary responsibility is working with Mark French in monitoring and overseeing the legal and contractual obligations of the company. Prior to joining Davidson, Crystal was an Associate in the Commercial Transactions and Real Estate practice group of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing Management with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she also served as the Executive Editor of the Arkansas Law Review.

Bob Clayton, Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Administration, joined the company in 2008, bringing over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. Bob’s primary responsibilities are overseeing all human resource activities and initiatives on behalf of property and corporate team members, including staffing, training, retention, communication and organization development. He also oversees risk management, safety, compensation and benefits. Prior to joining Davidson, Bob served in human resource vice president roles for OfficeMax, Home Depot, Krispy Kreme and Domino’s Pizza. He has also held senior human resource roles in the food and beverage business including Denny’s Restaurants, Wendy’s International and Aramark.

Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Larry Mills, Senior Vice President - Controller, joined the company in 1991. Larry's responsibility is overseeing the accounting operations for all Davidson hotels. Prior to Davidson, Larry was employed by Holiday Inn Corporation as Director of Hotel Accounting for company-owned and managed hotels in the U.S. A native Memphian, Larry obtained a degree from Memphis State University as well as certification as a CPA and CHAE (Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive).

Mary Jean Campochiaro, Vice President of Hotel Accounting, joined the company in 1987. Mary Jean's primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of hotel accounting, culminating in the preparation of periodic financial statements. She also personally oversees accounting for Davidson's various hotel acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to Davidson, Mary Jean was employed by Wilson Hotel Management Company as Assistant Controller. Mary Jean earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree majoring in Accounting at Memphis State University.

Kristi Harris, Director of Reporting/Compliance, joined the company in 2006. Kristi's primary responsibilities are overseeing corporate financial reporting, internal audits, payroll, and sales/use tax reporting. She is also responsible for monitoring contract compliance with our owners and lenders and producing and maintaining additional reporting required by various owners. Prior to Davidson, Kristi was an Assurance Manager with Memphis-based Rhea & Ivy, PLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Phillip Miller, Vice President of Project Development, joined the company in 2000 and currently heads up the Design and Construction Department for Davidson. During his tenure, Phil has developed and managed over $500 million worth of projects from renovations to ground up build-out.

Under his leadership, Design and Construction oversees the development, management and reporting of all new construction, renovation activities and yearly capital expenditure plans. Phil also assists the business development department with repositioning plans when involving conversions and new purchases that require renovations; he also assists operations in developing and implementing special projects that produce favorable ROI.

Prior to Davidson, Phil was employed by Lodgian Inc. located in Atlanta, Georgia. Phil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Dan Monahan, Regional Vice President, joined the company in 2002 as General Manager of the Renaissance Agoura Hills, in southern California. In June of 2003, Mr. Monahan was promoted to Regional Vice President. Mr. Monahan’s background includes over 20 years experience with such companies as Westin, Ritz-Carlton and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. During this time, Mr. Monahan has gained experience in all disciplines of the industry, ranging from limited service properties to upscale resorts, and the landmark Plaza Hotel in New York City. With multi-unit responsibility, Mr. Monahan oversees our Renaissance Hotels, Doubletree and several of our Hilton and Holiday Inns.

Tom Harwell joined the company in early 2005 as Regional Vice President of Operations. With a background in the hotel industry spanning almost 30 years, Tom has spent 22 of those years as Vice President of Operations with multi-unit responsibilities. For the past 4 years, Tom served as Regional Vice President for John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. overseeing nine upscale properties including Marriott, Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn/Intercontinental hotel franchises. Prior to that, he was Vice President/Director of Operations for Lane Hospitality/Sunbelt Hotels for 18 years responsible for 15 owned and managed hotel assets. At Davidson, Tom will continue his multi-unit responsibilities overseeing 4 of our Hilton hotels along with Renaissance, Radisson and Holiday Inn/Intercontinental brands.

Mike McCurdy, Regional Vice President of Operations, joined the company in 1997 as General Manager of the Omni in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as General Manager at the Park Vista in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and most recently at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore in Chicago, Illinois. During his tenure with Davidson as General Manager, Mike is the only two-time recipient of the General Manager of the Year Award which he received in both 2003 and 2005. Under his leadership, the Chicago Renaissance also won the prestigious Hotel of the Year Award in 2004. In January of 2008, Mike was promoted to Regional Vice President. Prior to joining Davidson, Mike served in General Manager positions with Snavely Hotel Group and Harley Hotels. During his hotel career as general manager, he was responsible for leading three hotels to four diamond status. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service and Housing Administration at The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Kathy Hood, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management, joined the company in 1987 as Sales Manager and subsequently Director of Sales for our Holiday Inn Atlanta-Roswell. Kathy’s primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of sales and revenue generation. Her ongoing successes as Director of Sales in Roswell paved the way for her promotion in 1989 to General Manager of the property. Kathy has also held General Manager positions at our Chicago Sheraton, Doubletree Atlanta-Buckhead, and the Albuquerque Radisson. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia.

Tim DeBruin, Corporate Director of Catering and Convention Services, joined the company in 2002. Tim’s primary responsibility is overseeing the company-wide catering sales and convention service programs. Prior to joining Davidson, Tim was Regional Director of Catering with Wyndham International responsible for 53 hotels and resorts. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tim earned his degree in Restaurant Management form the University of Wisconsin – Stout and his degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Stephen Kilroy, Vice President of Food & Beverage, joined the company in July 2006. Steve is responsible for directing Davidson’s Food & Beverage programs, profitability, and customers’ dining experiences. Prior to joining the Davidson team, Steve worked for Wyndham Hotels for 12 years holding several positions including Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Regional, and Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Corporate Director of Operations for Shula’s Steak House, and Corporate Asset and Procurement Manager for the South Hampton Beach Resort Bermuda. Steve is originally from the Boston area and earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Ron Hardin, Vice President of Information Technology, joined the company in 1999. His responsibilities include managing the acquisition, implementation, and support of systems and networks company-wide. Prior to joining Davidson, Ron was a Senior Systems Analyst for Planet Hollywood International, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Previous positions held by Ron also include Manager Systems Integration and Professional Services Consultant for Micros Systems of Beltsville, Maryland, Manager of Computer-Based Systems for ServiSystems America, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia, and Hotel Systems Manager for ITT-Sheraton in Dallas, Texas and Bal Harbour, Florida. Ron is originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina and holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University.

Nope, Nod Lord Davidson. You people are desperate. You are willing to spread lies for your own purposes. You know what, the 5% maybe that I had for NC is 0% now....


Merang Omeluches, Islander, Redherring is MORRIS DAVIDSON.

A.S. Dahliwal

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