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COLUMBUS, OH-RockBridge has hired Jonathan Benowitz as managing director for the investment unit. In this position, he will oversee all of RockBridge’s investments, while helping to support other areas of the business and new ventures.

“RockBridge is continuing to invest in our organization’s future by strategically adding talent to our team, despite the economic downturn. We are pleased to welcome Jon to RockBridge,” says James Merkel, president. Benowitz is filling the position Merkel previously occupised before assuming the role of president in October.

Previously, Benowitz served as a senior vice president of project finance and investment analysis for Hilton Hotels Corp. While there he completed acquisitions, dispositions and mortgage financing transactions. He helped acquire Hilton International in 2006 and sell Hilton Hotels Corp to Blackstone in 2008.

“His extensive experience on the transaction side of the hospitality industry makes him a valuable addition,” Merkel says.

Prior to working at Hilton, Benowitz spent seven years at Marriott Corp.

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