HHM's Independent Collection (iC) doubled in size over the past eight months, introducing properties in neighborhoods of gateway markets across the country, including South Beach Miami, Santa Barbara, Georgetown and Boston's West End. To lead the portfolio, HHM promoted Foiz Ahmed to VP – Independent Collection, where he will oversee all marketing and branding as well as P&L for the majority of the properties.
Ahmed brings more than 23 years of hospitality experience to his role, and most recently spent time as HHM's regional director of operations, leading the New York City portfolio and contributing significantly to its growth, including the opening of five ground up hotels. hmed also spent time with Marriott, moving up the ranks in various positions.
Two Autograph Collection hotels in Miami, now managed by HHM, will join the iC in early 2014. Only six blocks from each other, the 75-room Blue Moon Hotel on Collins Avenue and the 70-room Winter Haven Hotel on the beach are in the heart of the action of the South Beach Art Deco District.
Additionally, Hotel Oceana in Santa Barbara, Calif. which Hersha Hospitality Trust is under agreement to acquire, will join the iC as its first West Coast hotel in the portfolio.
The West Coast and Miami properties join the seven current iC hotels, including the recently relaunched Boxer Boston and The Graham Georgetown. The iC's other classic properties include three in New York City, in addition to The Independent in Midtown Village Philadelphia and Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.