Henry S. Miller's local catch is J. David Young, a consultantand former head of franchise development for Hospitality FranchiseSystems Inc., once a subsidiary of the former Cendant Hotel Groupof Parsippany, NJ. The Ashford camp has landed Alan L. Tallis asexecutive vice president and Larry Doyle as senior vice presidentof asset management.

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Sam Kartalis, president and COO of Dallas-based Henry S. MillerCommercial, tells GlobeSt.com that Young put the proposal on thetable for the company to form a hospitality group. The firm'sexecutives have invested in hotels through the years, but the onlyproperty in the corporate portfolio is the 237-room Admiral Hotelat 1507 N. Watson Rd. in Arlington.

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Kartalis' brother was co-founder of Concord Hospitality Group inRaleigh, NC so the local executive has been investing in theindustry nearly two decades. "It's been a pet project of mine,"Kartalis says. "I am always on the search for programs to add andthought it would be a great fit. And, what he really needed was aplatform with a company that was recognized."

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Set to start April 1 at Henry S. Miller, Young is co-owner,broker and adviser for Intergroup Cos. of Dallas. While atHospitality Franchise Systems, he rose to managing director incharge of expansion and development in 29 countries in Asia, SouthAfrica, the Pacific Rim, Middle East and Latin America.

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Henry S. Miller's new vice president initially will solo, butKartalis says the plan is to add other hospitality professionalsfor brokerage and development alike. Young and Kartalis are in themidst of negotiations with a municipality for a new town centerproject that would include a hotel.

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Young's mission will include finding hotel development partners,which will include the Henry S. Miller hierarchy. "We could bebuyers, sellers, syndicators or developers," Kartalis says aboutthe emerging opportunity by having a well-known hospitality veteranon board.

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At Ashford, Tallis, a 27-year veteran, has been working as aconsultant since July. He was president and chief developmentofficer for LQ Management LLC in Dallas and president of La QuintaFranchising LLC until $367-millionacquisition by New York City-based Blackstone Real EstateAdvisors, which retained him as a senior adviser. As Ashford's newexecutive vice president, Tallis will be overseeing assetmanagement and leading value-add, development and redevelopmentprojects that are under way and planned for Ashford's 51-hotelportfolio buy inApril 2007.

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Also a 27-year industry veteran, Doyle will be the day-to-dayoverseer for asset management. He most recently was senior vicepresident of asset management for Alcor Acquisition LLC, where heprepped and positioned the Bethesda, MD-based MeriStar HospitalityCorp.'s hotel portfolio for sale, working with Blackstone as wellafter that$2.6-billion deal.

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The Ashford hires include Donald J. Denzin, senior vicepresident of human resources. Denzin previously was HR vicepresident for Prentiss Properties Trust of Dallas and its buyer,Brandywine Realty Trust of Radnor, PA.

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"All three are well-respected and recognized within theindustry," Monty J. Bennett, Ashford's president and CEO, says inthis morning's press release about the hires. "With a sizablevalue-added renovation program planned for the next several yearsand the importance we have placed on our internal growthinitiatives, Alan and Larry's proven asset management, operationsand brand management expertise will play a key role in Ashford'soverall performance. Don's effort will help cement the bonds amongall associates in our growing platform."

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