Brooke Denihan Barrett Named 2012 Female Executive of the Year

Brooke Denihan Barrett Named 2012 Female Executive of the Year 
Denihan's Co-CEO Is Recognized for Her Outstanding Leadership
Capabilities at the Annual Women in Business Stevie Awards Dinner 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/12 --  Brooke Denihan Barrett,
co-CEO of Denihan Hospitality Group, was honored as Female Executive
of the Year at the 2012 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
Announced at an awards dinner held in New York on Friday, November
9th, Barrett was chosen as the gold trophy winner out of a total of
1,200 global applicants across a range of industries. 
Barrett is the only woman in New York City -- and one of only a
handful in the world -- to own and run a hotel investment and
management company. In 2011, she helped to secure Denihan's
first-ever joint-venture, giving real estate investment trust
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust a 49 percent ownership stake in six of the
company's core Manhattan assets and raising significant capital to
fuel national strategic growth for Denihan. Barrett was also key in
restructuring the family's 50-year-old hospitality business to set
the stage for aggressive growth, naming the first non-family member
to the position of president in early 2012.  
Barrett is known for her deep-rooted passion for personally mentoring
promising young Denihan associates and women in the hospitality and
commercial real estate industries. In 2011 she was a co-founder of
the American Hotel and Lodging Association's (AH&LA) New York/New
Jersey Chapter of Women in Lodging, a national organization fueling
the mission to promote women into executive positions within the
lodging industry and contribute to business development efforts,
including women's markets.  
"To receive this award is not only an incredible honor personally,
but it is also a true testament to the strides Denihan has made and
the many accomplishments we have achieved," said Barrett. "At Denihan
we don't simply define success through numbers. As important is the
company's culture and employee passion and sentiments. Without these
things, the more traditional, tangible measures of success cannot be
achieved, and as an executive I believe it is important to focus your
attentions equally on each area as you cannot maximize financial
success without internal employee
 passion and satisfaction."  
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top honors
for female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run.
All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit
nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large
and small. The 2012 awards received entries from 17 nations and
"I'm very pleased that we were able to conclude our tenth year of
organizing Stevie Awards programs with a very successful Women in
Business event," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the
Stevie Awards. "This year's Stevie Award-winning women are the most
accomplished, impressive group we've ever had. Their stories of
success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of
starting and growing a business and making a difference in the
More than 1,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in
virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration
in a wide range of categories. The award winners were selected by
more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging
process this year. 
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of
Stevie Award winners are available at  
About Denihan Hospitality Group
 Denihan Hospitality Group is a
privately-held, full-service hotel management and development company
that owns and operates 14 boutique hotels in major urban markets in
the U.S. Over the past 50 years, the Denihan family has built a
world-class lodging investment platform within the boutique hotel
space, creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing
independent hotels.  
The Denihan portfolio includes boutique properties operating under
The James and Affinia Hotels brands, as well as Manhattan luxury
independents, The Surrey and The Benjamin, and affiliates including
the Royal Palm in Miami and The Franklin and The Mansfield in New
York City. Denihan's hotels include an impressive list of chef-driven
restaurants and bars, including Food Network's Iron Chef's Geoffrey
Zakarian's The National Bar and Dining Rooms at The Benjamin, New
York (recently named one of the City's top 50 restaurants by New York
Times critic Sam Sifton); David Burke Kitchen at The James New York;
Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud at The Surrey, New York; David Burke's
Primehouse at the James Chicago and Art Smith's Art and Soul at the
Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
The company's uniquely guest-centric approach, refined through three
generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry leader in
hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as hotel
operations, management and marketing. In 2011, Denihan was named to
Inc. Magazine's 500|5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies for the
third year in a row, where it topped the list of full-service hotel
More details can be found at  
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