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Denihan Hospitality Names Regional Operations VP

Boutique hotel owner/developer Denihan Hospitality has named Gul Goknar Turkmenoglu regional VP of operations. While overseeing all of Denihan’s general managers, Goknar Turkmenoglu will continue to serve as one herself at The Benjamin, the 209-key property she has managed since joining the company in 2016.

“Gul has proven to be an incredibly valuable asset to the company, and this promotion is commensurate with her contributions,” said Denihan president Vera Manoukian. “Not only has she enhanced The Benjamin’s already strong operating and financial metrics, she has helped institute operational improvements across our portfolio to drive profitability, efficiency and guest engagement.”

Prior to joining Denihan, Goknar Turkmenoglu served in senior management roles at other Manhattan hotel properties, including Hudson New York, The Lexington Hotel NYC and ONE UN New York. In 2006, the Turkish native emigrated from Egypt to join the management team at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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