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Who's News in Catering for September 2, 2021

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Flynn Properties Inc. (“Flynn”), owner of commercial real estate, luxury resorts and select service hotel properties in the U.S. and abroad, has announced that it has hired hospitality veteran, Julie Purnell, to join its senior leadership team. Specifically, Purnell will serve as Flynn’s Senior Director of Asset Management and will be tasked with overseeing Flynn’s investment in its expanding select service hotel portfolio and assisting with future acquisitions.  Flynn recently acquired 20 select service hotels – 11 Marriott and nine Hilton-branded properties — in a $211 million deal with Apple Hospitality REIT. Purnell joins Flynn with 35 years of hospitality industry experience, with a focus on property acquisition, business development and asset management. Prior to Flynn, she held leadership roles at several notable hotel companies as well as premier commercial real estate services and investment firms including Marriott International, Loews Hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Denihan Investments and CBRE, Inc. In addition to her acquisitions, development and asset management experience, Purnell’s diverse background includes strategic planning, contract negotiations, operations and asset value enhancement. 

Upcoming Events

From September 14-16, renowned celebrity wedding & event planner David Tutera will be hosting the fifth annual David Tutera Experience in Newport, Rhode Island. Unlike any other conference or summit, the David Tutera Experience provides a unique opportunity for  event planners and entrepreneurs from around the world to join together for three days of education and events that address best practices and timely industry challenges. During this annual event, attendees will learn directly from David himself and a select group of experts and innovators to help them grow and expand their event planning and design businesses. Those interested in attending the event can register here

Hot Off the Presses

Tripleseat, the leading web-based sales and event management platform for restaurants, hotels, and unique venues, was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Business Technology Solution category in The 18th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small — are eligible to submit nominations. The 2021 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories. Tripleseat won the Bronze Stevie Award in the Business Technology Solution category for submitting product innovations such as TripleseatDirect and the re-launch of EventUp





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