Abernethy joined the company in October of 2021 to succeed Ron Kendall, who retired on February 1, 2022, after 30 years leading Buffalo Lodging Associates. In this role, Abernethy oversees a portfolio of 50 hotels primarily under the flags of Marriott and Hilton brand families. Abernethy is actively involved in the development of enterprise and property level operating and capital investment strategies to maximize the performance of the company, as well as pursuing opportunities to expand the portfolio.
Abernethy joined Buffalo Lodging Associates from Atrium Hospitality, a leading hotel management company he helped found in 2014. He served as President of Atrium Hospitality for 7 years, overseeing the growth of the owned and managed portfolio to 85 properties, with 22K available rooms and 9K associates in 29 states. Prior to launching Atrium Hospitality, he held the position of SVP of Asset Management for Atrium Holding Company for 9 years supporting the growth of the company from 43 hotels to 85 hotels. Prior to joining Atrium, Abernethy spent 8 years with Lodgian Inc, with the last 4 years as VP of Sales and Marketing for Lodgian Inc. In this role, he was responsible for revenue generation and sales & marketing strategy development and execution for over 80 hotels with a variety of brands partners including Starwood, Marriott, Hilton & IHG.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years and two adult children traveling and staying connected. They enjoy attending major sporting events, hiking, swimming, and golfing. He also enjoys his time in the gym in the early morning.