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IRVING, TX-A month into a portfolio realignment, FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. has added two vice presidents from the ranks of the former Wyndham International Inc. In both cases, the moves were in the works prior to the $3.2-billion Wyndham buyout by the Blackstone Group of New York City.

FelCor put a plan into action to pare the number of hotels for its asset managers, all vice presidents, by replacing hotel brand groupings with geographical territories. As a result, FelCor hired Colleen Quinn and Frank Solano from the Dallas-based Wyndham ranks and expects to add a third vice president in 30 to 45 days. When the full team’s in place, the six vice presidents will have 16 to 25 hotels to oversee instead of 30 to 41 properties, Jack Eslick, FelCor’s senior vice president and asset management director, tells GlobeSt.com. The strategy is “to spend more time with the hotel and understand the markets more to best understand how to take our hotels forward,” he explains.

Quinn was Wyndham’s divisional vice president of sales and marketing. At FelCor, she will oversee hotels in Texas and Oklahoma. She began her career with Hilton Hotels Corp. in 1993, building a resume in multi-brand sales and marketing, revenue management and market share analysis.

Solano was general manager of the 310-room Wyndham Hotel & Resorts in Arlington before it was sold. His FelCor territory is the portfolio’s newest claim: the Northeast. The 20-year industry veteran has expertise in business development, revenue generation and capital project management.

“Their respective expertise in the hospitality industry will be advantageous as we continue to reposition our portfolio,” Eslick says, adding both executives were set to come on board before this month’s buyout. The region yet to be filled spans Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana.

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