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The Westin St. John Resort Villas Proudly Reopens After Hurricane Recovery and Restoration Efforts

February 06, 2019 04:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Westin St. John Resort Villas—a breathtaking vacation destination located along the white beaches of Great Cruz Bay in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands—proudly reopens after a 16-month-long recovery and restoration effort due to damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which struck the islands in September, 2017.

“Each associate took on the hard work of getting the resort back to its original splendor, even though they and their families and friends were greatly affected by the storms.”Tweet this

“The resort looks spectacular,” said Samuel Hugli, general manager. “We’re thrilled to be back providing Caribbean paradise to our Owners and guests. We’re even happier that our islands are recovering and thriving.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands—including St. John and neighboring St. Thomas and St. Croix—continue their return to pre-hurricane beauty and Caribbean-style experiences. On the beaches, powder-fine sand leads to crystal-clear waters and in the towns, more and more quaint shops and tasty restaurants are reopening for business. An all-new private ferry between The Westin St. John Resort Villas and St. Thomas provides fast travel between the two islands. Airlines are adding flights from the U.S. mainland to the U.S. Virgin Islands, making it easy for those feeling winter’s chill to make a quick getaway to the warm and sunny Caribbean.

The Westin St. John Resort Villas is once again the stylish sanctuary for Owners and guests who want to enjoy snorkeling, hiking and swimming along St. John’s pristine beaches or relaxing in the resort’s quarter-acre pool, surrounded by lush foliage and friendly atmosphere. Close to the resort, lively boutique shopping and delectable dining are waiting to be discovered.

The resort’s studios and multi-bedroom villas, townhouses and lofts easily accommodate families and combine all the comforts of home—including full kitchens and generous living and dining areas—with signature Westin touches. Private balconies provide picturesque ocean views and several villas offer expansive courtyards and private pools.

To make a reservation for a Caribbean vacation of a lifetime and a stay at The Westin St. John Resort Villas, go to

Restoring the resort began just days after each hurricane passed. “I couldn’t be more proud of our associates’ dedication in getting The Westin St. John Resort Villas ready for our Owners and guests,” said Hugli. “Each associate took on the hard work of getting the resort back to its original splendor, even though they and their families and friends were greatly affected by the storms.”

Giving back to the local community was also important to the resort’s associates. During the island’s recovery, trucks from the resort distributed 5,000 gallons of water each day, and rooms and meals were provided to first responders. The resort’s dock was made available for evacuations and valuable supply deliveries, and clean linens were given to local shelters. Six cargo containers, each filled with dressers, desks, dining room sets and more, were donated to the local housing authority, providing furnishings and comfort to residents who were impacted by the storms. The resort is also a strong supporter of the island’s Resilient Housing Initiative, a collaborative effort between nonprofit organizations and local St. John businesses that helps seniors and families rebuild their homes.

About The Westin St. John Resort Villas
The epitome of island elegance, this breathtaking Caribbean vacation ownership resort is located along the tempting white beaches of Great Cruz Bay in tranquil St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Its lush surroundings, friendly atmosphere, incomparable water excursions and charming shopping district make a stay at The Westin St. John Resort Villas the perfect Caribbean escape. Visit for more information.

About Westin Vacation Club
Westin Vacation Club’s Westin®-branded vacation ownership villa resorts are located in many of the most sought-after destinations and designed with well-being in mind. From the world-renowned Heavenly® Bed to an energizing WestinWORKOUT®and revitalizing Heavenly® Spa treatments, every element of a vacation stay is created to leave Owners and guests feeling better than when they arrived. Westin Vacation Club resorts can be found in top vacation destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit Westin Vacation Club.

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RLJ Lodging Trust Announces Preferred Dividend for Third Quarter of 2017

September 15, 2017 05:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RLJ Lodging Trust (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLJ) today announced that its Board of Trustees declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.4875 on its Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be payable on October 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of September 29, 2017.

“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

About Us

RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. The Company’s portfolio consists of 158 hotels with approximately 31,180 rooms located in 26 states and the District of Columbia and an ownership interest in one unconsolidated hotel with 171 rooms.

Forward Looking Statements

The following information contains certain statements, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to the Company’s business plans, objectives and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the use of the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “will continue,” “intend,” “should,” “may” or similar expressions.

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, beliefs and expectations, such forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events or guarantees of future performance and the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Some factors that might cause such a difference include the following: the current global economic uncertainty, increased direct competition, changes in government regulations or accounting rules, changes in local, national and global real estate conditions, declines in the lodging industry, seasonality of the lodging industry, risks related to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, hostilities, including future terrorist attacks or fear of hostilities that affect travel, the Company’s ability to obtain lines of credit or permanent financing on satisfactory terms, changes in interest rates, access to capital through offerings of the Company’s common and preferred shares of beneficial interest, or debt, the Company’s ability to identify suitable acquisitions, the Company’s ability to close on identified acquisitions and integrate those businesses and inaccuracies of the Company’s accounting estimates.

Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and urge investors to carefully review the disclosures the Company makes concerning risks and uncertainties in the sections entitled “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report, as well as risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in other documents filed by the Company with the SEC.

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RLJ Lodging Trust
Leslie D. Hale, 301-280-7774
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. to Present at the D.A. Davidson 16th Annual Engineering & Construction Conference

September 15, 2017 04:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:APOG) announced today that the company will present at the D.A. Davidson 16th Annual Engineering & Construction Conference being held at the Palmer House Hotel Chicago on Tuesday, September 19.

Apogee CEO Joe Puishys will present at 3:30 p.m. CT. The presentation will be webcast live and can be accessed at A replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days using the same link.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in the design and development of value-added glass and metal products and services for enclosing commercial buildings, and value-added glass and acrylic for picture framing and displays.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Mary Ann Jackson, 952-487-7538
Investor Relations
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American Lending Center Celebrates Lodge at Columbia Point Opening
EB-5 Financing from ALC supports local economic development

September 15, 2017 05:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
RICHLAND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Lending Center (ALC)—a subsidiary of Regional Centers Holding Group—today celebrated the opening of the Lodge at Columbia Point with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring prominent members of the Tri-Cities community. The much-anticipated Lodge at Columbia Point is poised to be Richland’s preeminent boutique, upscale hotel, already boasting a multitude of excellent reviews from early guests.

“We are proud and honored to be part of this beautiful project. This will add to the economy through visitors coming not only to visit this hotel but also the entire Tri-City community.”
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The ceremony included words from Elisabeth Holt, Member Development Director of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, a Special Presentation of Proclamation from representatives of the City of Richland, and a ribbon cutting with board members, public officials, and ambassadors.

As the third-party lender of an SBA 504 loan for the Lodge at Columbia Point, ALC contributed a two million dollar EB-5 loan intended for the initial construction and development of the hotel. Through investment in owner-occupied small businesses like the Lodge at Columbia Point, ALC is helping to create well-paying, permanent American jobs, including 34 new positions associated with the new hotel. The Lodge at Columbia Point will bring additional economic benefits to the Tri-Cities area through its partnership with over 80 local wineries.

Bruce Thompson, ALC President and former Region IX Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, remarked, “We are proud and honored to be part of this beautiful project. This will add to the economy through visitors coming not only to visit this hotel but also the entire Tri-City community.”

About American Lending Center

American Lending Center is a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service designated regional center held by Regional Centers Holding Group. American Lending Center offers investment opportunities to immigrant investors who are interested in obtaining permanent resident status in the United States through the employment-based fifth preference visa (EB-5) program. American Lending Center focuses on government-approved loans to qualified small business owners in targeted employment areas, which are usually located in rural or high unemployment areas. American Lending Center has completed funding over 60 projects in 16 states and created more than 5000 jobs. It is committed to investment in deserving businesses anywhere, including those in rural and other underserved areas. Visit for more information.

American Lending Center
Dana Doran, 202-207-3650
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Company Profile for California Hotel & Lodging Association

November 16, 2012 10:20 AM Eastern Standard Time
--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its members include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893. CH&LA is on the web at

California Hotel & Lodging Association
Headquarters Address:
414 29th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Main Telephone:916-554-2664
Type of Organization:Trade Association
Key Executives:CEO: Lynn Mohrfeld

Public Relations
Contact:Lynn Mohrfeld
Email:[email protected]