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Magnolia Hotels Names VP of Acquisitions, Project Manager

Nov. 8, 2007 (DENVER)— Denver-based Magnolia Hotels today announced the appointment of Thomas Evans as vice president of acquisitions and Tarah Harpstreith as project manager. Harpstreith’s position is effective immediately, and Evans’ is effective Dec. 3.

Evans will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of new hotel acquisitions. A seasoned hospitality real estate investment professional, Evans previously served as principal of Flatiron Hospitality Real Estate Advisors in Denver, where he worked with hotel owners and developers on business and capital planning. His experience also includes serving as vice president of Stonebridge Companies in Englewood, in addition to numerous consulting positions. He is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association.

Harpstreith will oversee construction and remodeling at both newly acquired Magnolia hotels and existing Magnolia hotels. She previously served as manager of business development for the Weitz Company in Denver.
Her experience also includes serving as assistant purchasing manager for Metropolitan Builders and assistant project manager for Maxwell Construction, both of Denver. Harpstreith has served as project manager and project engineer on several large-scale construction projects throughout Colorado.

“I am delighted to announce that Thomas Evans and Tarah Harpstreith have joined our team of executives,” said Leigh Hitz, president of Magnolia Hotels. “Their expertise will truly be an asset as our company continues to grow in the form of both new Magnolia Hotels and management contracts.”

Additionally, the Denver Magnolia Hotel has announced that Front Desk Agent Wendy Wachop has been selected as a recipient of the Mile High Service Excellence Award by the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also, Wendy Worley has been promoted to assistant director of sales, and Don Lindeberg has been named director of food & beverage, transferring from the Houston Magnolia Hotel.

The Magnolia hotels are upscale boutique hotels catering to the sophisticated traveler. Magnolia hotels are operated by Denver-based Magnolia Hotels, a real estate development and hotel management company concentrating on the redevelopment of historic properties into elegant hotels in central business districts. The company currently operates Magnolia hotels in Denver, Dallas, Houston and Omaha and is exploring other markets for additional growth opportunities.  Magnolia Hotels also is actively seeking to acquire new hotel management contracts. For more information, visit

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