Gehr Hospitality names new VP, asset management

The new management contract expands McKibbon Hospitality’s presence in Jacksonville, where the company currently manages the Homewood Suites Jacksonville-South/St. Johns Center.
Gehr Hospitality owns seven hotels, including the Aloft Jacksonville (Fla.) Airport. Photo credit: Aloft Hotels

The Gehr Group promoted Ed Duess to VP of asset management for its hotel-focused division Gehr Hospitality. Duess brings more than a decade of asset management and hotel leadership experience to his new role at the Los Angeles-based investment firm.

“Ed joined our team at Gehr Hospitality last year, and he quickly impressed us with his professional skills and industry expertise,” David Lifschitz, president/CEO of The Gehr Group, said in a statement. “In his new role, Ed will oversee the operations of our expanding portfolio of hospitality assets.”

Before joining Gehr roughly a year and a half ago, Duess worked at DiNapoli Capital Partners underwriting prospective acquisitions and maintaining asset management for the firm’s portfolio. Before that he spent a decade in hotel operations. During that time, he gained experience in front office operations, food and beverage and sales at properties like The Beverly Hilton, The London West Hollywood and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

Over the past five decades, The Gehr Group has invested in and operated more than $1 billion of hotels, multifamily, office, retail and industrial real estate properties. It is currently expanding its real estate portfolio through the acquisition and development of additional hospitality and multifamily real estate assets.