Stout Street Hospitality Appoints Executive Positions for Winter Park Mountain Lodge

Regional General Manager and General Manager

DENVER – May 20, 2014 – Leigh Hitz, chief executive officer of Stout Street Hospitality, recently announced that Jim Finnegan was promoted to a regional manager while Daniel Benton was named general manager of the company’s newest property, the Winter Park Mountain Lodge in Colorado.

As regional manager, Finnegan will oversee both the Magnolia Hotel Denver and the Winter Park property. Finnegan brings nearly 30 years experience with him and has been with Magnolia Hotels since 2009. He managed the Magnolia Hotel Omaha before taking the helm of the Denver property in late 2011.

Benton has been at the Magnolia Hotel Denver since 2012, where he excelled as the director of food and beverage, generating $3 million in food and beverage revenue annually. He was also nominated for the 2013 company-wide operations manager of the year. Prior to joining Magnolia, he was with Omni Hotels, Grand Hyatt, and the Westin Westminster Hotel.

“We’re pleased to have two accomplished and committed managers take on these roles,” Hitz said. “The mountain region and its market are integral to our portfolio. Daniel and Jim have the experience and drive to further elevate the stature of these properties.”

The Winter Park Mountain Lodge is located at the base of the Winter Park Resort in Colorado, approximately an hour-and-a-half drive west of Denver International Airport. Accommodations at Winter Park Mountain Lodge range from comfortable hotel rooms to mountain suites with a fireplace, refrigerator and microwave. The property also offers more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space, including spectacular views from the ballroom, for executive business gatherings and weddings.

Denver-based Stout Street Hospitality, a privately held hotel management and development company, operates upscale boutique hotels catering to the sophisticated traveler. The company focuses on development, management, acquisition, re-branding, new construction and conversion of existing hotel properties. The core product line consists of award-winning, independent boutique hotels under the Magnolia brand that offer a style unlike that of trendy or branded hotels. The company currently operates hotels in Denver, Dallas, Houston and Omaha, Neb. The company recently acquired the historic Mayfair Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., which will reopen as Magnolia Hotel St. Louis in early summer 2014 after a multi-million dollar renovation.


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