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Hotel News Now is a division of STR and is affiliated with STR Global and STR Analytics. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Hotel News Now is an online news resource that combines the decades worth of experience from its editorial team along with unprecedented access to STR data to provide vital, up-to-the-minute information for hotel decision makers throughout the world.

Hotel News Now comprises a website and numerous email newsletters, including the Daily Update and Product Showcase. Its reader community includes executives who own, manage, or finance hotels, as well as the managers and employees who oversee the operations of hotels worldwide.

Jeff Higley
Editorial Director, Digital Media/Director of Communications

Jeff Higley is the former editorial director for Hotel & Motel Management magazine and has specialized in hotel industry journalism for a dozen years. He oversees all aspects of the Hotel News Now digital platform, including the Hotel News Now website and daily newsletters. Jeff also leads STR’s corporate public relations efforts and is a speaker at a number of industry events.

Patrick Mayock

Patrick heads day-to-day operations for Hotel News Now’s in-house editorial team as well as a global network of foreign correspondents. Patrick also oversees website and mobile production for HNN, the Hotel Stock Index, and the group’s expanding family of newsletters. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and his master’s from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Stephanie Ricca

Stephanie heads special projects and various content initiatives including HNN’s Independent Insights newsletter. She boasts nearly a decade’s worth of experience in hotel trade journalism, most recently serving as Editor-in-Chief at Hotel Management magazine before joining HNN in January 2015. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Shawn A. Turner
Finance Editor

Shawn A. Turner covers the financial side of the hotel industry, focusing his coverage on hotel transactions and lending. Prior to joining Hotel News Now, Shawn worked as a business reporter in Vermont and finance/legal reporter in Ohio as well as a media and investor relations professional at a publicly held technology company. He earned his undergraduate degree in newspaper journalism from Kent State University in Ohio and his graduate degree in business journalism from Baruch College in New York.

Terence Baker
Reporter, Europe

Terence Baker has written about hotels, tourism, hospitality, events and business travel for more than 15 years. The former managing editor and travel editor of the American Automobile Association’s Car & Travel magazine, he has also written for Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel and Travel Weekly. Baker, now back in his native London after nearly 20 years living and writing in New York City, focuses on the European hotel industry and on any news of interest that overlaps that continent.

Alicia Hoisington
Managing Editor

Alicia Hoisington handles daily copy editing and writes a few stories now and then. Previously she worked for Advanstar in its healthcare group—contributing to six different publications—and Business Wire as a newsroom editor. Alicia is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, with a degree in communication studies and creative writing.

Samantha Worgull
Editorial Assistant

Samantha Worgull is responsible for a variety of tasks at Hotel News Now, including daily production, social media and analytics. She also contributes several bylines a month. Samantha is a graduate of the Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Jon Edwards
Graphics Editor

Jon Edwards is responsible for all graphic design for Hotel News Now. He is proficient in photo editing, illustration, Web design and print design. Prior to joining HNN, Jon created graphics for a wide range of companies as well as websites, logos, print materials and promotional products. Jon is a graduate of Kent State University where he studied Marketing and Graphic Design.

Business Development
Lynsie Chamberlain Bennett
Director, Business Development

Lynsie Chamberlain is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with clients of HNN and STR. Lynsie brings with her two years of award-winning advertising sales experience in the newspaper industry. She is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Under 30 Gateway.

Elyse Carfrey
Business Development Associate

Elyse Carfrey assists hospitality solution providers reach their prospects through targeted advertising campaigns on Hotel News Now and data lists from our parent company STR. Elyse also manages the Product Showcase newsletter in addition to the Hotels For Sale listings.

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