Shamin Hotels Adds Three to its Executive Team

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Shamin Hotels, Virginia's largest hotel management firm and one of the fastest growing in the nation, has created three new executive positions to help guide the company to the next level.

Shamin Hotels, Virginia’s largest hotel management company, today announced the addition of three executives to its team. The positions, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Food and Beverage, and Human Resources Director, are all newly created titles at the hospitality firm. In addition to these new positions, Shamin also recently named its first Chief Financial Officer, Grayson Owen.

“Shamin Hotels is family owned and operated, but we’re growing rapidly,” said Shamin Chief Operating Officer Neil Amin. “We’re building a seasoned executive team that will take our company to the next level.”

*Joe Reardon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

With a business degree from North Carolina State University and more than fourteen years of lodging experience, Joe comes to Shamin from Texas, where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing at a new Marriott International Resort. Prior to that, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for a Marriott in Austin, Texas. Before working in Austin, he held various positions with the Marriott Residence Inn brand as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for over 60 hotels and several general manager positions at properties located throughout the Southeast.

*Nick Petrone, Vice President of Food and Beverage

Nick, who also holds the position of Director of Professional Development, has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry in many different capacities. Nick previously served as the Vice President of Operations for Briggs Hospitality, overseeing all operations for the Sheraton Park South Hotel, Holiday Inn Crossroads, Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, Comfort Inn Midtown, Comfort Inn Burlington, and the Radisson Hotel Richmond Historic District. He has also served as Food and Beverage Director at the Crowne Plaza River District Hotel. Nick is a graduate of Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

*Debra Girvin, Human Resources Director

For the last seven years, Girvin owned and operated Lochlyn Company, a human resource and business consulting firm based in Chesterfield, VA. She has been in the Human Resources field since 1985 and received the Senior Professional Human Resources designation in May 2003. Debra graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS degree. She is also a former president of the Chesterfield County (VA) Chamber of Commerce. In her new position Debra will centralize Shamin’s human resources department. She will be responsible for fostering positive relationships among all associates, training and leadership development and compliance issues. Additionally, she will be involved in organizational strategy for the organization.

Shamin Hotels is one of the fastest growing hospitality firms on the east coast. The company currently has 24 properties in its portfolio, and with a mix of acquisitions and new construction is planning to nearly double in size over the next five years. Between now and the end of the 2006, the company expects to break ground on six new hotels.

About Shamin Hotels

Shamin Hotel Group, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a leading hotel management company with more than 20 lodging properties in the United States. Shamin Hotels is a dynamic, growth-oriented hotel company that owns, operates, and develops commercial business hotels under Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Choice, and Wingate names. Shamin Hotels is deeply rooted in the hospitality industry and enjoys a number of advantages that give the company a competitive edge. Its senior management team has more than 100 years of combined experiences. The company has long-standing relationships with the industry's most highly regarded brands and has consistently been recipient of awards from its franchisers. For more information, call 804-777-9000 or visit


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