Winterbottom is a 30-year veteran of the hotel business, mostrecently serving as CEO and president of Tampa, FL-based eSuitesHotels LLC for the past two years. He previously was vice presidentof development at Carlson Hotels Worldwide and has had variouspositions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, ITT Sheraton Corp.,Ramada Worldwide Inc. and the Howard Johnson Co.

"It's a very good time to be in the transaction side of thehospitality business," Winterbottom tells GlobeSt.com. He adds thathe plans to leverage his relationships with owners, investors andbrokers in his new position with Santa Ana, CA-based Grubb &Ellis.

In his new role, Winterbottom will be charged with expanding thecompany's existing hospitality capabilities, including building aspecialized brokerage team that will provide strategic real estateservices to owners and investors of leisure properties. He termsthe new practice group as "plugging a hole in their toolbox."

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