Destination Appoints Purnell SVP, Business Development & Acquisitions

ENGLEWOOD, CO—Destination Hotels has appointed Julie Purnell as SVP, business development & acquisitions.

In this position, Purnell’s primary role will be to help lead the company’s growth efforts throughout the West region. Based in San Francisco, she will focus on securing new hospitality management contracts, and will play a direct role in identifying and leading hotel and resort acquisitions.

Before joining Destination Hotels, Purnell was the SVP of acquisitions and development at Denihan Hospitality for the past two years. In this role, she was responsible for expanding the James brand and Affinia Collection through securing third-party management contracts and recommending company investment contributions. Prior to this, Purnell was VP of hotel development for Marriott International’s Western Region. Purnell has also held leadership positions at other notable hospitality companies, such as Loews Hotels, House of Blues Hospitality and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

“Julie is a widely recognized, experienced business development leader with multi-dimensional hotel company experience from leading independent, boutique and branded hotel companies,” stated Russ Urban, Destination Hotel’s business development and acquisition leader. “Julie is a great addition to our team of business-development executives.”


Purnell is Co-founder of Women’s Hospitality Investment Network (WHIN). She has served on planning committees including the NYU Hotel Investment Conference and American Lodging Investment Summit. Additionally, Purnell has spoken on panels at several hospitality conferences and events. In her spare time, she is a parent volunteer at the Cathedral School for Boys and is an avid athlete.