HOUSTON-Abby Office Centers has tapped William Edmundson aspresident and chief executive officer.

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In his new role with the executive suites company, the formerhospitality executive will head up the company’s expansion plans,which call for 10 to 15% growth annually over the next three tofive years. Edmundson will report to Abby Office CentersChairman Chris Brown, who founded the company. Brown istransitioning management responsibilities of Abby Office Centers toEdmundson.

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Edmundson tells GlobeSt. that he was initially approached aboutthe Abby Office Centers’ opportunity by national executive searchfirm Heidrick & Struggles. “I had not really thought a lotabout the executive suites industry, but when I got really excitedabout the industry and the opportunity the more I thought about thesimilarities between the hospitality industry and the executivesuites industry,” he explains. “A lot of the components are thesame and directly applicable to because we’re not just providingspace, but we’re providing service.”

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Brown says Edmundson’s “ability to build strong relationshipswith customers and to conceive and execute superior marketing andstrategic plans, adds considerable strength to our seniormanagement team.” He adds: “While we lease executive suites, weactually are in the service business, which makes William a greataddition to our team.”

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Edmundson is the former president of Cambria Suites, an upscalelodging brand, where he built a 90-property pipeline in three yearsafter launching the concept. He led marketing, developmentand defining/maintaining brand standards. Prior to his rolewith Cambria Suites, he served as vice president, brand performanceand support for Hampton Inn, a Hilton Worldwide brand. Whileat Hampton, he played a leadership role in the strategic planningand roll-out of the highly successful “Make It Hampton” initiativethat significantly upgraded and re-positioned the brand.

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Currently, Abby Office Centers has suites in 20 Sunbeltlocations. Edmundson says the company will look to build itspresence in markets in which it has an existing presence, as wellas expand into new markets. “We’re looking for opportunisticgrowth, either through acquisitions or new locations,” heexplains.

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