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SPIRE Hospitality Strengthens Leadership Team with the Appointment of Jamelia Lehn as CFO

March 18, 2024

IRVING, TX — March 18, 2024 — SPIRE Hospitality has appointed Jamelia Lehn, CPA, as chief financial officer (CFO).

In her new role, Lehn will be responsible for all matters related to financial management and will also play a critical role in developing new operating efficiencies, responding to owner and investor needs, maximizing results, and supporting new business development and company growth.

“I am delighted to welcome Jamelia to SPIRE Hospitality,” said Chris Russell, CEO of SPIRE Hospitality. “She has a stellar reputation as a leader and results-driven professional, as well as extensive experience working for top-tier companies. I am confident that she will add tremendous value while partnering with our already talented team.”

Lehn brings over two decades of leadership experience in real estate accounting and property management to the CFO position. Her diverse areas of expertise include team development, process improvement, scalability, and financial management. She takes a 360-degree view of a company’s financial health to better inform goals and decision-making, as well as to optimize processes and systems.

Most recently, Lehn served as the CFO for Roots Management Group, where she led a team of more than 60 individuals and transformed the accounting, human resources, IT, and shared services functions. She was also a pivotal member of the governance and audit committee, where her insight and expertise helped guide critical decision-making.

Before joining Roots Management Group, Lehn held various leadership roles at Aimbridge Hospitality. Lehn collaborated with the executive leadership team to create a culture of excellence, talent nurturing, and impactful initiatives. She led the company through many M&A transactions and co-founded the esteemed “Women’s Leadership Empowerment and Development” (WLEAD) network.

Lehn honed her early career skills by working at prestigious firms like Goldman Sachs. She has also significantly contributed to companies such as Ashford Hospitality Trust, Prime Income Asset Management, and Equity Residential.

“The SPIRE Hospitality CFO role presents so many opportunities for collaboration,” Lehn said. “I’m genuinely excited to join this exceptional team and leverage our collective expertise on innovative strategies that drive growth and optimize outcomes across our business.”

Lehn holds degrees from Dallas Baptist University and the University of Dallas, complemented by certifications from the John Maxwell Team, underscoring her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. She is a sought-after panelist and guest speaker on financial literacy, leadership, and empowering women in the workplace and life.

In her free time, Lehn likes to travel and spend time with her family.

About SPIRE Hospitality 
SPIRE Hospitality is a nationally recognized third-party hotel management company specializing in creating value for our hotel investors while delivering exceptional guest experiences and providing an outstanding place to work. The Irving, TX-based company’s diverse portfolio of properties includes unique independent hotels and highly respected brands, including Marriott and Hilton and manages several independent resorts and lifestyle hotels. SPIRE is part of the AWH Partners family, which also includes AWH Development, a full-service real estate development company headquartered in New York. With more than 35 years of hotel operating experience, SPIRE is committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing hotel real estate value. For more information, visit https://spirehotels.com/.

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