Ron Burgett steps down as head of franchise development for Red Lion

Ron Burgett, the head of franchise development at the Red Lion Hotels Corporation, will be stepping down from his position with the company effective Jan. 31. Burgett is leaving Red Lion to take up a new position as EVP of franchise development with extended stay brand Value Place.

"We are pleased that a member of our senior management team has such a great opportunity," interim president and CEO Jim Evans said. "Value Place and its founder Jack DeBoer, have a tremendous reputation for developing successful extended stay lodging products. Ron has been a key member of our team and we thank him for all of his efforts to expand the Red Lion brands."

Burgett joined Red Lion in July 2012, and in 2013, the company's Lodging Development team successfully increased the franchise portfolio to 30 locations, including expanding into Arizona.

This is the second big change coming to Red Lion personnel this month. Earlier in January, Red Lion appointed Greg Mount to president and CEO of company, officially assuming the position Jan. 27. Mount, a 25-year veteran of the hotel industry, has served as president of Richfield Hospitality, Sceptre Hospitality and Richfield Hospitality China, and previously held senior roles at Sage Hospitality and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Mount is succeeding Evans, who is currently serving as interim president and CEO, and has held the position since August 2013. Evans will be remaining with the company, operating as a member of the board of directors.

"Greg has years of franchise development experience with some of the largest hotel brands in the country," Evans said. "Red Lion is an attractive opportunity for an industry leader in development and we look forward to adding new talent to our strong team.