CBRE Hotels Expands Northwest, Mountain Practice

Julie Purnell joins the firm as managing director, bringing more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, business development, acquisition and disposition due diligence, development and asset management in the hotel sector.

Julie Purnell, CBRE Hotels
Julie Purnell, CBRE Hotels

CBRE has appointed Julie Purnell as managing director of CBRE Hotels. In her new role, Purnell will bolster the firm’s advisory practice in the northwest and mountain regions and work closely with Chris Kraus, managing director & northwest and mountain advisory practice leader for CBRE Hotels. Purnell will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Seasoned professional

Purnell has more than 25 years of hotel industry experience in strategic planning, business development, acquisition and disposition due diligence, development and asset management. She joins the firm from Destination Hotels, where she most recently served as senior vice president of business development. During her tenure at Destination Hotels, she was responsible for increasing the company’s portfolio through sourcing opportunities, negotiating agreements, closing transactions and establishing the company’s presence on the West Coast.

Prior to her tenure, Purnell was a senior vice president at Denihan Investments, where she was responsible for increasing the New York-based independent hotel company’s visibility on the West Coast and achieving investment initiatives. Previously, she also held senior acquisition and development positions at Marriott International, Loews Hotels, House of Blues and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Purnell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Washington State University.

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