Richmond hotel management veteran John Cario has been named vice president/general manager for HRI Lodging, with direct oversight of the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown/Miller & Rhoads and Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown/King Edward, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of HRI Lodging.
Cario joined HRI Lodging in March 2010 as general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, where he successfully transitioned the operation to a market leader and consistently exceeded all performance benchmarks.
Prior to joining the company, Cario spent more than 30 years successfully managing a number of hotels under the Hilton, Promus and Wyndham brands and worked in a number of management capacities in Richmond-area hotels. During his time with Wyndham, he opened or operated seven hotels in Chicago, Nashville, Maryland and Arizona, with his Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace Wyndham receiving "Best New Hotel Award" in 1996.
"John's experience in the hospitality industry and knowledge of HRI Lodging's mixed-use development initiatives makes the perfect support for our senior leadership at the property level," said Gutierrez. "Our Richmond and Jackson properties are unique in combining a hotel and apartments in historic downtown buildings," Gutierrez added.
Cario graduated from James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va. He is a past board member of the Richmond Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently serves on the Hilton Garden Inn General Manager Advisory Council.
HRI Lodging, LLC (HRIL) is one of the 50 largest hotel management companies in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 17 hotels and resorts spanning the continental U.S. By building alliances with major domestic and international investment firms, the organization pursues a dual mode growth strategy of managing independent, boutique properties as well as partnering with industry leading brands, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HRI Lodging is the hotel management division of New Orleans-based HRI Properties, a full-service real estate development company and a national leader in the adaptive reuse of historic structures.
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