Sequel Hospitality Investments Taps Robert McLaughlin as New President and Chief Operating Officer

HUNTSVILLE, ON, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Sequel Hotels and Resorts, a leading hotel and resort management company, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Robert McLaughlin as the new President and Chief Operating Officer of Sequel Hospitality Investments Inc. ("SHI" or "the Company").

Mr. McLaughlin was brought in to enhance the Company's growth and profitability for investments in hotel and resort acquisitions, mixed use developments. He will also guide the expansion of Sequel Hotels and Resorts. He will also guide the expansion of Sequel Hotels and Resorts.

McLaughlin will play a key role in furthering Sequel Hospitality Investments' position as one Canada's leading hotel and resort investment, acquisitions and development groups. He will focus on a broad range of revenue growth, investment, positioning and marketing activities. Sequel Hospitality Investments Inc. unites highly complementary capabilities to invest, acquire, develop and reposition unparalleled assets with significant upside potential.  SHI invests in the hospitality industry with its own funds and with accredited investors.   "Given our pipeline of hotel, resort and real estate development properties which offer significant investment opportunities and operational synergies, we are primed for growth," said Robert McLaughlin, Sequel Hospitality Investments President & COO.

Founded in 2005, Sequel Hotels and Resorts is an industry leader in the development and management of branded and independent hotels and resorts with a niche focus on boutique properties.  "We are confident Robert will be an outstanding leader in driving strategic growth for Sequel Hospitality Investments," said Anne Larcade, President & CEO of Sequel Hotels and Resorts and CEO of Sequel Hospitality Investments.

Mr. McLaughlin brings extensive creative, financial and executive experience to this new position. He is an entrepreneur and 25-year broadcast industry executive skilled in strategic planning, operations and investment, with management experience in mergers, branding, promotion and production. As a creative leader, with strengths in developing and motivating teams, and designing effective operating systems with proven financial results, McLaughlin specializes in start-up and rebuilding operations, particularly growing emerging brands. In addition to his success at executive levels, he is an award-winning journalist and proven investor.

As Senior Vice-President of Production for CTV, McLaughlin was responsible for all production at CTVglobemedia (2009-2011), overseeing the business development and strategic plan for production units of its networks.  He was appointed Executive Producer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games for CTV (Olympic Morning).  As Vice President and General Manager of Toronto's CP24, he oversaw the routine operations and strategic vision of Canada's premier all-news channel.  From 2011 to 2012, McLaughlin led the vision, expansion and franchise development strategy for a Canadian healthcare company.

Robert McLaughlin can be contacted at 416-902-8824 and rmclaughlin@sequelhospitalityinvest.com .

About Sequel Hospitality Investments Inc.
Sequel Hospitality Investments Inc. is a Canadian, alternative asset private equity group providing comprehensive services to the national and international hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. SHI is recognized for its disciplined investment strategy and nimble, top-level team, coupled with innovative vision.  Focussing on the hotel and resort asset class, mixed use developments and a niche in independent or boutique assets allows for SHI's efficient navigation of complex markets and opportunities.  Sequel's reputation contributes to first look opportunities among sellers, lenders and developers, providing timely access to off-market transactions. For information on SHI and Sequel Hotels and Resorts, see www.sequelhospitalityinvest.com and www.sequelhotels.com.

SOURCE: Sequel Hospitality Investments

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