Wednesday, September 5, 2012

55 Allen Plaza Achieves LEED Gold Certification in Atlanta, GA

 ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 5, 2012) – 55 Allen Plaza (top left photo), a Class-A, 350,000-square-foot office tower in downtown Atlanta that is managed and leased by Lincoln Property Co. Southeast, has achieved LEED Gold certification.

 Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and administered by the Green Building Certification Institute, the Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design (LEED) program provides third-party verification that a building operates in a sustainable manner. Certification is awarded on fourlevels, and Gold is the second-highest level behind Platinum.

 LEED certification is based on a number of environmental criteria, and 55 Allen Plaza achieved LEED Gold status because of its indoor air quality, strengthened in part by the use of environmentally cleaning products; its electronics recycling program, which has diverted 250 pounds of electronics from landfills in 2012; its water conservation, which has reduced water consumption by 30 percent; and its overall energy efficiency.

“We are honored and thrilled that 55 Allen Plaza has achieved this environmental honor,” said Tony Bartlett (lower right photo), senior vice president of Lincoln Property Co. Southeast. “This certification is a tribute to the outstanding job that our entire management team has done with 55 Allen Plaza and is a testament to Lincoln’s commitment to taking care of our environment.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Stephen Ursery
Wilbert Public Relations

ASAP International Arranges Purchase of Embassy Suites Hotel in Anaheim, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ASAP Expo Incorporated (OTCQB: ASAE) today announced that it has arranged the purchase of the 222-room Embassy Suites--Anaheim-North (top left photo) for $25.5 million on behalf of Urban Commons, LLC. 

FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated has sold the property as part of its long-term portfolio repositioning strategy. ASAP International Holdings also arranged CMBS senior debt from Morgan Stanley as part of the purchase.

Taylor Woods, President of Urban Commons, LLC stated, "We are pleased to be able to close on another hospitality acquisition with the support of ASAP International and to continue to build our portfolio of trophy properties."

Frank Yuan (middle right photo), CEO of ASAP International stated, "Urban Commons has been aggressively adding more assets to their portfolio and we are happy to help them with their transactions. We are working diligently to assist in several more real estate purchases in the near future as well."

ASAP is a holding company that operates real estate, investment banking and consulting for Chinese companies. Our mission is to be the bridge between China and the Western world. Our Real Estate division assists with institutional and high net worth individuals with acquisition advisory and asset management.

Urban Commons, a Los Angeles based real estate investment firm, specializes in hospitality and residential income generating assets.  Urban Commons targets income property acquisitions in highly populated, predictable markets.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Jerome  Yuan

Carter Breaks Ground on $50 Million Mixed-Use Project in Heart of Downtown Columbus, OH

ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 5, 2012) – Carter, one of the nation’s largest investment, development and advisory firms, announced today it has commenced construction on the second phase of a mixed-use project at Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

 Carter, along with local equity partners Bob Weiler and Don Kelley, is moving forward with the $50 million project, which is a redevelopment of the former Columbus City Center mall that was dismantled in October 2009 to create a public park and spark future development. (top left rendering)

Recently named HighPoint at Columbus Commons, the 325,000-square-foot residential and retail development will add 301 residential units atop 23,000 square feet of first-floor retail space to a well-known, high-profile area of the city. 

A number of public and private investments, including Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile, have helped to transform this area of downtown Columbus and are serving as catalysts for private investments like HighPoint.

 Residents and visitors can expect to see 10-15-foot construction fences going up around the site during the coming weeks, with work beginning on underground utilities and foundations before the end of the month. The project is scheduled to be completed by December of next year.

 “The location of this development on Columbus Commons is a huge amenity,” said Conor McNally (top right photo), chief development officer at Carter.

“We are excited and honored to be a part of such an important project for an incredible city. HighPoint at Columbus Commons is the next step in an exciting mixed-use re-development plan for this site. We are delighted to build on the momentum that the park has created in the short time since it opened last year.”

Located on the west side of the park, along South High Street, HighPoint will comprise two acres on the Columbus Commons site.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Wilbert News Strategies
Tony Wilbert
404-965-5022 or 404-405-3656

Hadley Creekmuir
Wilbert News Strategies
O: 404.343.4080
C:  404.556.0010

Tandem Construction Begins Phase Two of Union League Boys & Girls Club Renovation in Pilsen, IL

CHICAGO, IL (Sept. 5, 2012) – Chicago-based Tandem Construction announces it has started work on the second stage of a $4.2 million renovation of the Union League Boys & Girls Club at 2157 West 19th Street in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

This phase of the project entails a full remodel of the original 19th century “Club One” building, and follows Tandem’s completion in July of a four-story, 17,000-square-foot annex adjacent to the existing facility.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Sarah Lyons,
(312) 267-4520

Kim Manning,
 (312) 267-4527

The Westin Xian, Located in China’s Eternal City, Unveils A Heavenly Gift Package

XIAN, CHINA (Sept. 5, 2012) – The Westin Xian (top left photo), located in the cradle of Chinese civilization and home of the renowned terracotta soldiers, is pleased to announce the A Heavenly Gift Package, offering guests deluxe accommodations and the opportunity to take a piece of Westin’s unparalleled Heavenly Bed home with you.

  A haven of luxury and relaxation, The Westin Xian invites travelers to experience refined Chinese hospitality in a storied location.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Hwee Peng Yeo
Director of Asian Markets
Glodow Nead Communications
Level 21, Centennial Tower
3 Temasek Avenue
Singapore 039190

Glodow Nead Communications • San Francisco • New York • Singapore
O: 65.9768.6087 or 1.415.394.6500 • E • FB: GlodowNead

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Huntsville, AL

McLean, VA (Sept. 5, 2012) – DoubleTree by Hilton proudly announces the opening of an upscale, full-service, all-suite hotel situated in Huntsville, Alabama, an area known for its genuine Southern hospitality.

 The 149-room DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Huntsville South (top left photo)is conveniently located near popular attractions, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove, Huntsville Historic District and Ditto Landing, a natural waterway where adventurers can enjoy canoeing or kayaking.

Formerly a Radisson, the hotel is owned by Enterprise Lodging of Huntsville, LLC, and operated by Yedla Management Company.

Rob Palleschi (lower right photo), global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “DoubleTree by Hilton now invites our loyal travelers to stay with us in Huntsville. 

The newly renovated DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Huntsville South extends our commitment to welcoming the world’s travelers in popular destinations and providing a comfortable, amenity-rich hotel experience for all types of travel.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Maggie Giddens
Global Brand Public Relations
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346

Chris Daly
Daly Gray, Inc.
Ph: 703-435-6293
Cell: 703-864-5553

Gemini Hospitality Management Names Michael Hutchins Vice President of Sales Development

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 5, 2012—Officials of Gemini Hospitality Management, a leading developer and operator of premium-branded and independent hotels, today announced that Michael Hutchins (top right photo) has joined the company as vice president of sales development. 

In his new role, he will be responsible for sourcing hotel management opportunities for the organization.

“Gemini has launched a new growth strategy that focuses on third party management projects which will take advantage of the significant expertise and internal resources that we have built over the years,” said Will Obeid (lower left photo) Gemini’s president & CEO.

 “With more than 20 years in the hospitality field, Michael’s extensive experience working with the industry’s leading brands, along with his relationships with ownership groups, adds depth to our senior management team.”

Prior to joining Gemini, Hutchins was vice president of sales development for Dellisart LLC, an owner and manager of nationally branded hotels throughout the United States, where he oversaw the acquisition of new management contracts for both new build and existing hotels.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Michael Hutchins

Chris Daly
Daly Gray, Inc.
Ph: 703-435-6293
Cell: 703-864-5553


M1 PowerSports and New Orleans Hotel Collection Announce Partnership for Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans Motor Race

 New Orleans, LA, Sept. 5, 2012 – M1 PowerSports and The New Orleans Hotel Collection today announced a partnership naming the Collection as the Official Recommended Hotel Partner of the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans race presented by Dunlop Tire and LeoVince.

The race weekend takes place October 5 – 7, 2012 and marks the first professional event scheduled at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Teams, riders and fans should look no further when seeking hotel accommodations this fall. As the preferred hotel choice of M1 PowerSports, The New Orleans Hotel Collection is offering Big Kahuna discounts at the seven outstanding hotels located in the greater New Orleans area.

“We’re proud to have The New Orleans Hotel Collection as our preferred hotel partner for the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans,” said Cameron Gray (middle right photo), CEO of M1 PowerSports.

 “At M1 PowerSports, we surround ourselves with only the best and The New Orleans Hotel Collection fits right in. They offer a great location and value for our fans, teams and riders visiting New Orleans for the Big Kahuna.”

The New Orleans Hotel Collection includes seven lodging choices throughout New Orleans: Audubon Cottages, Bourbon Orleans Hotel (bottom right photo),  Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Dauphine Orleans Hotel, Hotel Le Marais Hotel Mazarin, and Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. 

The Collection’s restaurants, bars and lounges include: 7 on Fulton, Roux on Orleans, Patrick’s Bar Vin, The Landing, Bourbon Oh!, May Baily’s Place, and Vive! Bar and Lounge.

  For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Marc Becker
Area Director of Marketing
(504) 527-0407

Chris Daly
Daly Gray, Inc.
Ph: 703-435-6293
Cell: 703-864-5553