Natchitoches, LA. (March 13, 2017): After an extensive search we are pleased to announce Anthony Lombardi as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing.
For over 20 years, Anthony Lombardi has dedicated his career to the hospitality industry. Anthony has long-term hospitality experience in sales, operations and revenue management, and most recently served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Anthony has previously held roles with Starwood Hotels as Director of Operations and Director of Sales and Marketing, with seven different hotels throughout North America. Anthony has regional management experience as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, overseeing the Northeast, Eastern Canada and Southern Regions, and he served as the Regional Director of Revenue Management of the Southwest Region. In addition to his career with Starwood, Anthony has also held the position of Vice President of Sales at Richfield Hospitality for a portfolio of 25 hotels including luxury, full service and select service hotels.
Anthony will be responsible for our portfolio’s Central Region hotels.
Anthony attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island now lives with his wife and son in Atlanta and enjoys baseball, history, and cooking.
Hospitality Award of Excellence
Durham, NC March 7, 2017 –DoubleTree Raleigh Durham Airport Hotel at Research Triangle Park received a 2016 Doubletree Brand Award with the honor of Hospitality Award of Excellence. This annual recognition celebrates the outstanding accomplishments by Hilton hotels and individuals around the world. As an award recipient, DoubleTree by Hilton's Mansion on the Hill Raleigh Durham Airport has demonstrated the highest level of quality and service throughout the brand.
“Our associates and management team are very proud of this award”saidThomas Lubbe,General Manager,DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Durham. “The property’s associates are so passionate about our ongoing service initiatives which resulted in this annual award as the top hospitality hotel in the DoubleTree brand”.
Known locally as ‘The Mansion on the Hill,' the hotel is nestled on a quiet hilltop, among the wooded North Carolina landscape with a charming southern-style grand veranda, complete with rocking chairs, porch swings, and an idyllic tree-lined courtyard. The hotel boasts a quaint resort-style atmosphere, offering a relaxing and comfortable stay. More than 10,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, coupled with the charm of our facility and our customer-oriented staff make it an ideal location for meetings and events. Ourstaffplays a crucial role in the satisfaction of our guests and the success of events hosted in our meeting facilities by offering exceptional courtesy and customer service.
Innovative design and flexible space tailors to the needs of today’s travelers
Ruston, LA – March 3, 2017 – Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience.
Located at 1309 Maxwell Boulevard, the 110-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Going Yard, LLC of Ruston, Louisiana and managed by Dimension Development Company of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Ruston offers guests convenient access to Railroad Park, Louisiana Tech University and Lincoln Parish Park. Rates begin at $119 per night.
Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.
“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”
The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration.
Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room.
An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower.
The Courtyard Ruston also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind.
Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.
The four-story hotel features a Starbucks, an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor seating area with a fire pit, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers three meeting rooms with 3,725 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 310 people.
Santa Ana, CA – With the recent hiring of a new director of sales, Courtyard Santa Ana Orange County looks to explore new opportunities for the hotel in the Orange County area.
Under the management of Dimension Development, the hotel has appointed Jillian Clary to take over the important role.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to join the Dimension Development team and am excited about the challenge of working for this amazing Orange County hotel,” Clary said. “I started my hotel career working in the banquet department and then at the front desk at a full-service Marriott, so I have been eager to get back to the brand. The Marriott service standards are known throughout the industry, and I am proud to be part of a team that leads the way in the guest service culture.”
Prior to accepting the position at the hotel near Irvine, Clary accumulated 16 years of hospitality experience across roles in quality assurance for fast-food restaurants as well as responsibilities in revenue management, brand quality, human resources management and sales management for other hotel chains. With a firm foundation for success, she graduated in 2003 from the Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
In her spare time, Clary enjoys the outdoors with her husband and young children. They frequent the beach, sneak in weekend getaways and always cheer for Los Angeles’ professional baseball team.
About Courtyard Santa Ana Orange County
Courtyard Santa Ana Orange County at 8 MacArthur Place in Santa Ana, CA is near South Coast Plaza and Anaheim Convention Center. Complimentary airport shuttle service is available to and from John Wayne Airport, located 1.5 miles away. The hotel features 4 floors with 149 rooms, 6 suites and 3 meeting rooms with 5,045 square feet of flexible event space. Guests enjoy access to complimentary wireless internet access, an outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center as well as on-site dining for breakfast and dinner. For information, visit www.marriott.com/SNAOG or call 1-714-668-9993.
Shreveport, LA – Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport has named a new general manager after undergoing renovations of its guest suites.
Emma Hebert will take the reins at the Shreveport, Louisiana hotel managed by Dimension Development Company. The native of Cambridge, England has lived in the United States for just over five years and has an extensive history in the hospitality industry. She has previously served as a general manager for brands including Wyndham and Marriott before arriving at Hilton.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a beautiful hotel and can’t wait to lead the way in offering an unforgettable experience to our guests through standards, service and a little personality along the way,” Hebert said. “I believe that bringing fun into the workplace will make my team feel even more valuable, which in turn gives them the confidence to serve our guests with even more dedication.”
Hebert’s last hotel was ranked in the top 2 percent of the brand when it came to service, an accomplishment that she said she is very proud of.
When not working, Hebert enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children, ages 5 and 7, while working hard to maintain her English accent that is slowly giving way to a Southern twang.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport has just received a facelift in the last few months, with a refreshing new paint job on the exterior. Guest rooms where smoking was once allowed were also renovated as the hotel transitioned to a 100 percent smoke-free environment. Spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites boast plenty of additional amenities that travelers will appreciate whether in town for a quick getaway or an extended stay. Fully equipped kitchens with dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and two-burner stoves allow visitors to whip up a snack or meal at any time of day. Complimentary high-speed internet and flat-panel TVs will keep guests well-connected and entertained during downtime. Separate rooms for living and sleeping make the hotel in Shreveport feel right at home, where visitors can get a sound night’s slumber on comfortable beds with cotton-rich linens and plenty of fluffy pillows.
About Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport at 5485 Financial Plaza in Shreveport, LA is in West Shreveport near Independence Bowl Stadium, State Fair Grounds, Festival Plaza, Shreveport Regional Airport and a host of casinos. Bossier City also is close by. The hotel boasts studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, plus 2,000 square feet of flexible event space, a business center, outdoor pool and fitness center. A daily hot breakfast buffet, evening social hours and high-speed Wi-Fi are always complimentary. For information, visit www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com or call 1-318-549-2000.
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