Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

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Liekweg to become BJC president on Jan. 1 * BJC HealthCare has named Richard Liekweg president, effective Jan. 1. Liekweg, currently executive vice president, has been with BJC, the largest St. Louis area employer, since 2009.

In a statement Friday, BJC Chief Executive Steve Lipstein credited Liekweg with playing a key role in the organization's recent growth.

"We have grown to be a system of 15 hospitals, opened new ambulatory care facilities in south and west St. Louis County, and expanded our strategic relationships with other health care organizations," Lipstein said. "Rich has been an integral part of this success."

Before joining BJC, Liekweg served as chief executive of hospitals in San Diego and Durham, N.C.

Liekweg earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in addition to master's degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Michigan.

Florida firm sells downtown St. Louis Hilton * Xenia Hotels & Resorts has sold the Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch.

Orlando-based Xenia acquired the 195-room hotel at 400 Olive Street in 2012. The hotel was built in 1888 as the Merchant Laclede National Bank.

The new owner of the hotel is MCR St. Louis LLC, according to real estate records. Representatives of the new owner, New York- based MCR Development, did not respond to requests for comment about the acquisition.

In addition to the St. Louis hotel, Xenia also announced on Friday the sale of a Homewood Suites by Hilton in Houston, a Hampton Inn & Suites in Denver, and a Hilton Garden Inn Chicago in Evanston, Ill., for a combined sale price of $119 million for the four hotels.

Crushed Red adds key investors * Crushed Red has added former Anheuser-Busch executive Dave Peacock as an investor.

Clayton-based Crushed Red said Friday that Peacock, a former president at A-B, and Dean VandeKamp, a former Ernst & Young partner, are now equity partners in the fast casual chain with six locations founded in 2012 by CEO Chris LaRocca and chief development officer Powell Kalish. …

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