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ATLANTA-Edward J. Rohling is the new president of locally based Lodgian Inc. He assumed his new duties today, replacing W. Thomas Parrington who remains as CEO and a director of the 81-property independent hotel chain.

Rohling, founder and principal of the Rohling Co. Hotel Equity Advisors, could also be in the grooming stage to assume the CEO position when Parrington retires at an unspecified date. “With his wealth of industry expertise, he is the ideal choice to take the reins when I step down as CEO,” Parrington says in a prepared statement. “He has tremendous hands-on experience with the hotel segments and brands in our portfolio, as well as considerable public company experience.”

Before founding the Rohling Co. in 1998, Rohling was a general partner of Harvey Hotels, a predecessor of Bristol Hotels & Resorts, and one of the founders of Bristol Hotels, a New York Stock Exchange-traded company. Rohling participated in the 1995 Bristol Hotels acquisition of United Inns, a NYSE-listed firm that owned 26 hotels. He also helped in Bristol’s 1997 acquisition of 45 Holiday Inn hotels and 15 management contracts from Bass PLC of London.

Prior to his work at Bristol, Rohling spent five years as a Marriott Corp. executive. He is the past president and chairman of the Hotel Association of Greater Dallas.

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