GF Hotels & Resorts Appoints Jay Burnett to Chief Investment Officer

5/5, 5:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

PHILADELPHIA, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GF Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel ownership and management company with more than 140 upscale and midscale U.S. hotels and resorts in its portfolio, recently announced the appointment of Jay Burnett to Chief Investment Officer, continuing to strengthen its skilled leadership team amid one of the most challenging years for the hospitality industry.

Jay brings with him years of experience as he was Senior Vice President, Investments and Development, at Auro Hotels, in Greenville, SC, where he was involved with hotel and land acquisitions, feasibility, due diligence, asset management and divestitures. Before joining Auro, a successor to JHM Hotels, Jay was our Vice President of Corporate Strategies here at GF Hotels & Resorts. Prior to that, he was with AMC Delancey Group in a Hotel Asset Management Role.

Jay began his noteworthy career behind the front desk at the Hampton Inn in Charlottesville, VA. After that, Jay held multiple corporate positions within a six-year time period with Marriott International including information technology, revenue management, competitive analysis, and sales & marketing analysis. Jay’s experience and expertise makes him an undeniable asset to the GF Hotels & Resorts family.

Jay attended the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce before earning his Master of Management in Hospitality from the Cornell Hotel School. He resides in Greenville with his wife and two daughters where during his free time he serves at his church and plays golf whenever possible.

Since its founding, GF Hotels & Resorts has operated nearly 600 hotels in 47 states, arming them each with an unparalleled level of experience and talent that has translated into superior hotel operations, smart partner relationships, industry success and award-winning guest satisfaction. The company is committed to continuing its legacy as a premier leader in the hospitality industry, recognized for providing exceptional experiences for both guests and employees.

To learn more about Jay Burnett’s appointment, or GF Hotels & Resorts, please contact Lisa Drake, Director, Business Development, at (215) 972-2235 or

About GF Hotels & Resorts

GF Hotels & Resorts, through its operating affiliates, is an award-winning, full-service hospitality ownership, management, and advisory company founded in 1988 and based in Center City Philadelphia. 

With over 140 hospitality assets under management, including hotels, resorts, conference centers, and golf courses in 34 states, GF Hotels & Resorts specializes in third-party management, loan workout strategies, receiverships, asset management and advisory services for a variety of individual, private, institutional, and financial clients. Many of GF’s core hospitality assets within the portfolio are owned by its principals and therein provide the strength and balance of ownership and management. 

GF believes in the entrepreneurial spirit with a promise of integrity and an overall passion for hospitality. Throughout its 32 years in business, GF has delivered superior results through positive operating and financial performance, implemented impactful capital strategies, dedicated itself to excellence in guest services, and focused on an unwavering commitment to cultivating longstanding relationships. Due to its proven successes, having recently won awards from Hotel Business Magazine, Hotel Management and Lodging Magazine, GF is known nationally as a distinguished leader throughout the hospitality industry.

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