Rodd Hotels & Resorts Brand Will Continue - Ian Hurst, Incoming President and CEO, Rodd Hotels & Resorts

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Monday, February 23, 2009, Charlottetown. Today, in front a large group of tourism industry operators, at the flagship Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Mark Rodd, representing the Rodd family, owners of Rodd Hotels & Resorts, announced that the Rodd family has decided not to sell the business.

Today, in front a large group of tourism industry operators, at the flagship Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Mark Rodd, representing the Rodd family, owners of Rodd Hotels & Resorts, announced that the Rodd family has decided not to sell the business.

"Last year we publicly announced that we were putting the business up for sale. As you may appreciate, that decision was a difficult one for everyone concerned. Anytime you put a business up for sale; it is unsettling for the owners, the management and the staff. It created some uncertainty," said Rodd.

"We have gone through the sale process, carefully weighed our options and although we have had some serious discussions with potential purchasers, we have ultimately made the decision to keep the business. So today I am here to advise that Rodd Hotels & Resorts is no longer for sale," said Rodd

"The family will be keeping the business, investing in people, the properties and will be working to grow and improve the business that my Grandparents started and my Father built," added Rodd.

The second announcement Mark Rodd made was in relation to the position of company President and CEO.

"When my Father's health started to deteriorate, he asked his trusted employee and friend John Cudmore to take on the top job. Although it was a position John never sought, he agreed to take the position of President and COO out of loyalty to my Father. Since my Father's passing, in 2006, John Cudmore has been the glue that has held the family business together and for that my family owes him a debt of gratitude. Throughout this time, he indicated to me his desire to hand over the reins at an appropriate time. Now with our decision to keep the business, John and the family have decided that now is an appropriate time to make that transition. We are glad that John has offered to stay on for a period of time to ensure the transition goes smoothly," noted Rodd.

"Given John's decision; we have hired a new President and CEO. I am very happy to announce today that this person is Mr. Ian Hurst," noted Rodd.

Ian Hurst is no stranger to Prince Edward Island. Mr. Hurst, in the 1990's was the General Manager, of the C.P. Prince Edward Hotel, which is now the Delta Prince Edward.

"I am very excited about the future of Rodd Hotels & Resorts and with Ian's leadership, vision and plans, I am confident that we will maintain and enhance our position as a leading company within the Island and Maritime tourism industry," added Rodd.

"The hiring of Mr. Ian Hurst, as President and CEO, is a very important milestone for the company. With a person of the caliber, experience and depth of Ian we are indicating to our customers and the tourism industry that we are serious, keenly re-focused and fully committed to providing passionate, personalized and first class service in our leading Maritime hotels and resorts" concluded Rodd.

"I am honored and enthused at the opportunity to lead Rodd Hotels and Resorts" added Ian Hurst. "From humble beginnings in 1935, the Rodd name and properties has since become a beacon for travelers around the world that are visiting the Maritimes," said Hurst.

"Rodd Hotels & Resorts are market leaders and I look forward to helping the organization move forward and achieve new goals. We are going to look at expansion in key markets like Halifax and Fredericton and look at strategies to bring new corporate business and a stronger focus to the resorts - the crown jewels of the business," said Hurst.

Ian Hurst is a 30 year veteran of the hotel business. He set his sights on a hotel career in his early teens. He attended Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto graduating from the Hospitality Management program in 1979.

Ian began his career with CP Hotels (now Fairmont Hotels). In 1986, at the age of 29, he had become the youngest General Manager in the history of CP Hotels, with responsibility for the 316 room Hotel Beausejour (Moncton) and then The Hotel MacDonald (Edmonton) where he worked in numerous food and beverage roles including Banquet Manager and Assistant Manager in charge of F&B. Ian subsequently did a stint in head office as National Director of Rooms before going out to manage the CP Airport hotel in Calgary.

His next move in the chain was the most enjoyable and longest of his career when he became GM of the "CP Hotel" here in Charlottetown.

Ian later became a Regional Vice President based out of the Delta Fredericton overseeing six hotels including the Best Western Charlottetown. He then was COO of the legendarily exclusive Fox Harbr Resort, and then became Senior Vice President of Pacrim Hospitality where he was responsible for 57 hotels.

Ian is married to Joelle and has 3 children. Emilie 18, Dominique 14, and Dylan 14. The later two are full card carrying Islanders having been born at the QEH here in Charlottetown.

About Rodd Hotels & Resorts

Rodd Hotel & Resorts is Atlantic Canada's largest privately owned hotel chain. The head office is located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In 2008, Rodd Hotels & Resorts employed over 1,200 people throughout the Maritimes. Their core operations are in PEI where they employ 900 hard working Islanders.

The company currently owns or operates ten leading properties in the Maritimes including: Rodd Royalty Inn & Suites, Charlottetown; Rodd Confederation Inn & Suites, Charlottetown; Rodd Charlottetown - A Rodd Signature Hotel, Charlottetown; Rodd Brudenell River - A Rodd Signature Resort, Roseneath; Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort - A Rodd Signature Resort, Lakeside; Rodd Mill River - A Rodd Signature Resort, Woodstock; Rodd Park House Inn, Moncton; Rodd Miramichi River - A Rodd Signature Hotel, Miramichi; Rodd Grand Yarmouth - A Rodd Signature Hotel, Yarmouth; and Rodd Colony Harbour Inn, Yarmouth.

For more information contact:

Ian Hurst: 1-902-830-0917


Mark Rodd: 1-902-830-1675

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