J. Mitchell Collins has been named chief financial officer of Equity Inns Inc., Germantown, Tenn., replacing Donald H. Dempsey, who is retiring.Mr. Collins was most recently special adviser to Gaylord Entertainment Co., which recently acquired ResortQuest International, where he had been CFO for about four years, the real estate investment trust said. He will take over as CFO at Equity Inns on Jan. 26. The retiring Mr. Dempsey joined Equity Inns in 1998 and has served as executive vice president, secretary, and treasurer as well as CFO. The hotel REIT can be found on the Internet at http://www.equityinns.com.

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