Hay Creek, Victory Hotel Partners add two execs

Hay Creek Hotels and Restaurants and Victory Hotel Partners have added two new members to their team. Rick Blackburn joins Hay Creek Hotels as SVP, sales and marketing, and Tommy Pho joins Victory Hotels Partners as VP, development.

Blackburn has held previous leadership roles with companies including Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

“Rick has built a reputation as someone who knows how to establish process, procedures and top-line sales necessary for sustainable, profitable growth,” said Gary Sims, CEO, Hay Creek Hotels and Restaurants. “In this new role, Rick will support our property level sales efforts, corporate account management, as well as revenue management. I’m thankful to be able to work alongside a true professional and someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with before for many years. The company will benefit immensely from his expertise.”

Pho comes to Victory Hotel Partners with more than 12 years of hotel advisory experience representing more than $4 billion in hospitality assets through all phases of hotel real estate across a wide range of property types, brands and markets. He brings expertise in development, investment underwriting, operational assessments, property and portfolio valuations, contract negotiation and value creation through asset management for all product types and brands to develop strategies for achieving investment objectives.

“Tommy Pho brings complex financial modeling and a valuable hospitality real estate background to the team,” said Greg Mount, founder/CEO, Victory Hotel Partners. “As VP, Tommy will handle operations assessments, development advisory, and due diligence for various asset acquisitions. We’re fortunate to have such a talented and experienced leader as part of our development team.”