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Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University. Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.
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$3 million renovation leads to rebirth of Boston hotel with new upscale identity

May 31, 2013

After a $3 million renovation, the Bulfinch Hotel in Boston has been reborn as the Boxer, a more upscale property. Located in a triangular 1904 building near TD Garden, the hotel now has a vintage feel, with an old-time room key rack behind the front desk, a circa 1860 map of Boston on the lobby ceiling, and industrial-era accordion lamps in the guest rooms.

The on-site restaurant, formerly Flat Iron Tapas Bar, is now called Finch, and has wingback chairs, a weathered wood floor, and a newly exposed glass wall bringing in more light. Hersha Hospitality Trust of Philadelphia bought the nine-story, 80-room hotel from Palm Beach-based Innkeepers USA Trust a year ago. Room prices have risen from $99-$299 to $149-$409 a night after the rebranding.



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