Aimbridge Hospitality has filed a lawsuit against Avion Hospitality and its CEO, Robert Burg

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Aimbridge Hospitality has filed a lawsuit against Avion Hospitality and its CEO, Robert Burg, alleging the company used confidential Aimbridge information to interfere with its management contracts, costing tens of millions of dollars in revenue. 

Aimbridge contends that Burg, formerly Aimbridge‘s president and chief operating officer, started his own third-party hotel management company and grew its portfolio by reaching out to then-current Aimbridge employees to provide him with confidential property-level information to help Avion persuade hotel owners to switch management companies. Avion would then reward these employees by hiring them. In the petition filed with the court, Aimbridge names seven properties for which it said it has evidence showing that Burg and his company contacted then-employees of Aimbridge to gain access to its property-level performance spreadsheets and STAR reports from CoStar. Those hotels are The Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station; The Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston West-Katy; The Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Energy Corridor; The Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston East Energy Corridor; The Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Energy Corridor; The Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown; and The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Aimbridge said it lost contracts for these hotels between April 2022 and January 2024. It names other hotels that it suspects were lost due to similar practices, but it does not yet have the evidence to show that. Burg and Avion declined to comment at this time as they have not yet had the chance to review Aimbridge‘s petition to the court.