San Francisco, June 09, 2015
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the pioneer and leader in the boutique hospitality sector, announced today the hiring of Chris Port and Tom Riley as the brand’s new vice presidents of development. Port and Riley, will round out Kimpton’s executive development team, joining Chief Development Officer Jim Alderman and Michael Mao, vice president of development.
Riley will be primarily responsible for managing the development of Kimpton hotels in the Eastern U.S. and Caribbean, and Port will serve as VP of development for the Western U.S., Canada and the Pacific coast of Mexico. Both will manage and build key relationships with strategic developers and partners, and source, underwrite and negotiate acquisitions, joint-venture agreements and third party management contracts for their region’s hotels.
“With Kimpton poised for substantial growth over the next few years, our development team will play a pivotal role in this exciting expansion. We’re lucky to have two hotel industry vets like Chris and Tom to help execute the Kimpton vision in this next growth phase,” said Jim Alderman, chief development officer at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “As we look to expand our leading boutique and lifestyle brand, Chris and Tom will undoubtedly find us the right deals to ensure thoughtful growth in order to reach a larger community of engaged travelers, investors and employees.”
Riley is rejoining Kimpton, where he worked from 2002-2014, in the role of vice president of acquisitions and development from 2006-2014. During this time, Riley was an instrumental part of adding new Kimpton hotels to the portfolio. Riley most recently served as senior vice president of development for Marcus Hotels and Resorts, where he led the company’s growth efforts throughout the U.S. In his 20-plus year hospitality career, he has also held corporate management positions in finance at Crestline Hotels, Marriott International, and at Hilton Hotels Worldwide (Promus).
Riley will be based in the Washington, D.C. area and holds a MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He also serves on the George Washington University Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management Advisory Board and is an adjunct professor for the Anne Arundel Community College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Arnold, Maryland.
Port’s 25- year career includes senior management positions with Starwood Hotels, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Caesars Entertainment, Hilton Hotels Worldwide (Promus), Fairmont Hotels (CP), and Doubletree Hotels. Prior to joining Kimpton, Port was the president and founder of Port Hospitality Advisors, where he worked on new joint venture start-ups with established and leading hospitality and entertainment companies in advisory roles and as an investor and partner. At Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Port led the strategy, launch, and expansion of a new entertainment hospitality division in Asia. He also led Starwood’s North America Development and Real Estate Teams and the growth of its luxury and upscale brands and Starwood Vacation ownership projects. While at Fairmont (CP Hotels), Port acquired and successfully integrated several hospitality companies including Doubletree Hotels, Guest Quarter Suites, and Red Lion Hotels.
Port will be based in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a MBA and Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
To learn more about Kimpton development, please visit: https://www.kimptonhotels.com/development-and-management-services.
ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading brand of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travellers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.
Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
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