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Louisville, KY. May 7, 2015 – 21c Museum Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Forte to the position of General Manager of 21c Louisville. In his new role at 21c Louisville, Forte will be responsible for overseeing all hotel operations, sales, and community and guest relations.  

An industry veteran with over 18 years in hospitality, Forte has held a variety of management positions at boutique and luxury properties across the United States, bringing experience in the areas of hotel management, food and beverage, marketing, development, finance and sales to 21c Louisville. Most recently, Forte was the General Manager at Aloft Tucson University Hotel – A Starwood Hotel. Prior to that, he was with The Newport Hotel Group, a real estate management and investment company with a national portfolio of hotels, for over 16 years. During that time, Forte held a number of roles within the company including General Manager of The Snake River Lodge and Spa in Jackson Hole, WY, where he led the acquisition of the multi-faceted resort and spa and oversaw all facets of daily operations for the 153-room resort, luxury rental condos, 15,000 square foot spa, and more.

Forte notes, “21c Museum Hotel is a unique and innovative concept – a boutique hotel with an award-winning food and beverage program and an ever-changing contemporary art museum, with genuine Southern hospitality at its core. The Louisville community has embraced 21c, and as General Manager I am excited for the opportunity to continue to provide impeccable service to locals and travelers alike.”

 

21c Museum Hotels President Craig Greenberg says, “Phil will play a key role in the continued success of our original 21c Museum Hotel.  His enthusiasm, warm personality, and extensive experience will add strength to our already strong team at 21c Louisville and we look forward to seeing the property continue to thrive under his direction.”

About 21c Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville, Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in 2006 along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street, rehabilitating a series of 19th century warehouses. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, careful design and culinary creativity — all anchored by a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c currently operates hotels in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Bentonville, AR and Durham, NC. Hotels are under construction in Lexington, KY and Oklahoma City, OK. Projects are under development in Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN and Indianapolis, IN. The company is equally focused on creating unique, chef-driven restaurants that are as much a part of the community as the hotel. Currently, 21c operates a diverse roster of restaurants including Proof on Main at 21c Louisville, Metropole at 21c Cincinnati, The Hive at 21c Bentonville, Counting House at 21c Durham and Garage Bar in Louisville, KY. Visit www.21cMuseumHotels.com for more information. 

Contact: Amanda Schinder, Account Director, Baltz & Company, Inc

ASchinder@baltzco.com / 212 202 6506

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