LondonHouse Chicago Appoints Don Barnett as New Director of Sales and Marketing

CHICAGO, IL. November 1, 2017 — LondonHouse Chicago, the luxury lifestyle property on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, welcomes Don Barnett as the hotel’s new Director of Sales and Marketing. In this role, Barnett guides the strategic development of the hotel’s marketing and sales teams and ensures that guests have an exceptional and one-of-a-kind experience while staying at LondonHouse Chicago.

“Don is fiercely client-driven and has a talent for building mutually beneficial relationships with partners, ” says LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Manager Juan Leyva. “We look forward to the hotel’s continued success in sales and marketing under his direction.”

Barnett brings more than ten years of experience in the hospitality industry to LondonHouse Chicago, having worked with a variety of full-service properties, from convention hotels to resorts to boutique properties. In Barnett’s previous role, he served as the Complex Assistant Director of Sales at Embassy Suites and DoubleTree in Rosemont, Illinois.

In addition to Barnett’s aptitude for hospitality, he also spent seven years as a part-owner of his family’s business, where he gained a strengthened work ethic and a respect for revenue.

“It’s a different ball game when your own money is on the line, ” says Barnett. “You learn to make smarter business decisions, streamline operations, and take the welfare of your employees very seriously.”

Barnett is enthusiastic about making a positive impact at LondonHouse Chicago, not only on the hotel’s revenue but on its people as well. Performing above and beyond guest expectations and acting as a mentor to team members are the most fulfilling aspects of his job, Barnett notes.

For more information on LondonHouse Chicago, visit londonhousechicago.com or follow the hotel on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

About LondonHouse Chicago

Opening in summer 2016, the full-service LondonHouse Chicago hotel offers 452 luxury guest rooms and suites featuring scenic views of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, the Chicago River and many other city landmarks. Hotel amenities include Chicago’s only tri-level rooftop featuring private dining spaces, an indoor bar, outdoor rooftop terrace and private top floor Cupola, a chef-driven restaurant and lobby bar, retail outlets and 25, 000 square-feet of meeting and event space including two ballrooms for social dinners and weddings of up to 300 guests, or receptions for 350 or more. Additional features include a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center and state-of-the-art-technology. LondonHouse Chicago is affiliated with the Curio Collection Hotels by Hilton Worldwide. Guests also have the added benefit of earning and utilizing Hilton HHonors® points during their stay. For information, visit londonhousechicago.com.

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton

Curio – A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is a global collection of distinctive hotels that are woven into the fabric of their destinations. While each one is unique, they are united in their individuality. Curio guests are passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, while resting easier knowing the Hilton name is behind every stay. Curio joins a portfolio of market-leading brands from Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Access the latest news at news.curiocollection.com or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.

About Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Oxford Capital Group, LLC is a national real estate investment, private equity, development and management firm. It specializes in high value-added acquisitions, developments and redevelopments with an emphasis on hotels, resorts, conference centers, senior housing and other operationally intensive forms of real estate. Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC is Oxford’s primary hotel management company that specializes in operating, managing and branding distinctive, high design lifestyle hotels. Oxford’s geographic focus includes the nation’s top 20 MSA’s including Chicago, New York City, metro Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other select markets with unique attributes including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA and several markets in Florida. Oxford and its affiliates have been involved in approximately $2.5 billion of real estate and private equity transactions, including approximately 13, 000 hotel rooms. In addition to national noted developments across the U.S. among which are Hotel Lexington NYC, The Metropolitan Hotel NYC, The National Conference Center in Northern Virginia and The Godfrey Hotel Boston, LondonHouse Chicago is Oxford’s 11th hotel investment in the Chicagoland market. These projects have included The Langham Chicago, Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Renaissance Chicago North Shore, Doubletree North Shore and Conference Center, Hyatt House Chicago-Northwest, Hotel Cass, Hotel Felix, Godfrey Hotel, Essex Inn and now LondonHouse, the latter of which are a part of Oxford’s growing collection of upscale, upper upscale and luxury lifestyle hotel brands. For information, visit www.oxford-capital.com.

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