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.
Angel Trubee has been named the new area director of sales for Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn by Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Cypress, CA
Cypress, CA – Bringing 16 years of hospitality experience to the table, Angel Trubee will serve as the area director of sales for Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County and Hampton Inn Los Angeles-Orange County-Cypress.
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity to sell and promote two fantastic hotels in Cypress, California,” Trubee said. “I am a huge fan of both the Marriott and Hilton brands, so being in a position to offer customers the best of both is a great advantage. I am passionate about leading a sales team that knows how to hunt for new business, can shift share from our competitors, and is active in customer retention.”
Trubee’s sales experience includes work with The Belamar Hotel, a boutique property in Manhattan Beach, and Embassy Suites by Hilton in Brea, California. Prior to that, she excelled as director of sales at a 200-room Residence Inn hotel in Anaheim, California.
Her career in hospitality began with Marriott in Long Beach, where she had a number of positions including restaurant hostess, front desk agent, concierge and reservations agent. She then moved to Norwalk and worked as front desk supervisor, reservations/group coordinator and sales manager before moving to Manhattan Beach.
When she’s not representing the two Cypress beauties, Trubee enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to new places, reading up on real estate trends and attending theater and live music events.
About Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County
Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County at 5865 Katella Avenue in Cypress, California is near Huntington Beach, Knott’s Berry Farm and Cypress College. The hotel features 7 floors with 156 rooms, 24 suites and 5 meeting rooms with 3,940 square feet of flexible event space. Guests enjoy access to free Wi-Fi, on-site dining, a fitness center and outdoor pool. For information, visit www.marriott.com/LGBCP or call 1-714-827-1010.
About Hampton Inn Los Angeles-Orange County-Cypress
Hampton Inn Los Angeles-Orange County-Cypress at 10900 Yamaha Way in Cypress, California is near Los Alamitos Race Track, Long Beach Aquarium and Disneyland®. The hotel features 110 guest rooms and offers free Wi-Fi and a free daily breakfast buffet. Guests also enjoy access to a fitness center, outdoor pool, 24-hour Suite Shop and a flexible meeting space to accommodate up to 50 guests. For information, visit the hotel’s website or call 1-714-527-2900.
Dimension Development Co. was founded in 1988, and has successfully developed, acquired and managed full-service, all-suite, and limited feature hotels. The company's various hotel partnerships have produced winning combinations in markets throughout the country. Dimension is a growth-oriented hospitality management company. The key reason for the company's success and growth lies in its commitment to hiring great people with positive attitudes and a desire to grow. Dimension hotels are successful because they are staffed by caring people who drive themselves to be successful. Its current portfolio consists of more than 53 hotels in 12 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global and Resorts and InterContinental Hotel Group. For more information about Dimension Development Co., please visit www.dimdev.com.
Left: Angel Trubee has been hired by Dimension Development as the new area director of sales for two hotels in Cypress, California. Top Right: The elegant lobby at Hampton Inn Los Angeles-Orange County-Cypress features free Wi-Fi and a dining area where guests enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning. Bottom Right: Stylish guest rooms at Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County boast plush Marriott bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs with premium cable channels.
Hospitality veteran Rick Garcia arrives at hotel near Anaheim, CA with 10 years’ worth of experience.
Cypress, CA – With a new leader at the helm, Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County continues to strengthen its driven passion for delivering unparalleled customer service.
Rick Garcia, who is originally from Chula Vista, California, trekked nearly 3,500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska to assume his brand-new managerial position.
“After spending over three years in Alaska, it’ll be rewarding to share all of the valuable things I learned in Anchorage to my beloved home state”, Garcia said. “I am extremely excited to work with such an amazing staff, committed to bringing a comfortable, enjoyable experience to Golden State visitors.”
Garcia entered the hospitality field in 2006 at Remington Hotels. For over four years, he climbed his way up by in serving multiple roles, including night auditor, PBX operator and front desk supervisor. He then took over as front office supervisor at Evan Hotels for a little over a year. In 2011, Garcia accepted his first general manager position at Holiday Inn Express. During the beginning of 2013, he headed up to Alaska to undertake a few managerial roles, most recently at Hampton Inn Anchorage.
Only a 90-minute drive from Garcia’s hometown, Courtyard Cypress provides California visitors spacious and innovative accommodations designed with the modern traveler in mind. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic workspaces, comfortable couches and luxurious bedding are just a few of the many amenities that leave a lasting impression on guests.
When away from their rooms, families and leisure travelers alike will appreciate the hotel’s convenient location near world-renowned theme parks such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect., Courtyard’s on-site restaurant, serves delectable American cuisine for breakfast and dinner, as well as Starbucks coffee and evening cocktails. If guests are coming to town for business, the Cypress hotel offers five impressive meeting spaces to accommodate everything from intimate boardroom sessions to mid-size conferences. During downtime, travelers can soak up the year-round sunshine at the hotel’s outdoor pool, or get the adrenaline pumping at the well-equipped fitness center.
About Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County
Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County at 5865 Katella Avenue in Cypress, CA is within close proximity to Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland Park and Huntington Beach. The hotel features 7 floors with 156 rooms and 24 suites featuring complimentary high-speed internet, as well as an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site dining and 5 meeting rooms with 3,940 square feet of total event space. For information, visit www.marriott.com/LGBCP or call 1-714-827-1010.
About Dimension Development
Since 1988, the award-winning Dimension Development Company has developed, acquired and managed full-service, all-suite and select service hotels. The company has gained exponential success for years by carefully selecting its business affiliates, recruiting and retaining a talented staff and striving to constantly improve and progress. Its current portfolio consists of more than 53 hotels in 12 states from the following leading brands: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global and Resorts and InterContinental Hotel Group. For information, visit www.dimdev.com.
Luxury hotel in New Orleans continues transformation with addition of Melanie Walent, boasting over 20 years of hospitality sales experience
New Orleans, LA – Intercontinental New Orleans has named a new director of sales to help lead the hotel into a new season of success.
Providing a proven track record of excellence, Melanie Walent joins the luxury New Orleans hotel from her previous role as director of sales, marketing and events at Hyatt Regency Boston. During her stint in The City on a Hill, she was responsible for the creation and execution of a $52.2 million budget and was a 2014 nominee for annual awards in the director of sales and events team categories.
“I'm excited to be returning to New Orleans, the great city where I grew up and where a lot of my family is still located,” Walent said. “The hotel has recently undergone an incredible multi-million dollar transformation, and I can't wait to work with such an amazing team to reposition it within the New Orleans market.”
Investing $26 million in a total renovation under the management of Dimension Development and General Manager John Romano, the Big Easy hotel recently added state-of-the-art meeting spaces and completed updates to its 484 luxurious guest rooms and suites as well as its first floor lobby with an exquisite restaurant and lounge. Walent said she is looking forward to the opportunity to employ her past experiences and lead the hotel toward a better future.
Before her role in Boston, Walent worked for five years at Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, VA, where she assisted in the design and creation of the Executive Meeting Center, a $15 million expansion that added 29,000 square feet of gathering space to the hotel.
Beginning her career at Hyatt as a catering and convention services manager at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Colorado, she then was hired as social catering manager at Park Hyatt Washington in D.C., where she continually exceeded expectations. She was next promoted to associate director of sales back at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.
Walent graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
In her time outside of work, Walent loves doing anything outdoors, working out, experiencing new restaurants and volunteering in the community.
Intercontinental New Orleans, located in the Central Business District, offers 19 event rooms with 33,000 square feet available for conferences, strategic planning sessions, board meetings, weddings, receptions, showers and any other social or charity soirees. A professional team of event planners will assist in taking care of every last detail. For information, contact Walent at 1-504-585-4353.
About Intercontinental New Orleans
Intercontinental New Orleans at 444 Saint Charles Ave. in New Orleans, LA has been an integral part of the city’s tourism for more than three decades. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, the hotel is located a few blocks from the historic French Quarter, Canal Street, Harrah’s Casino, Smoothie King Arena and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The downtown hotel, which recently completed a $26 million renovation, features 484 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and 19 flexible meeting spaces. Guests are invited to dine on site at Pete’s, offering lighter fare, and Trenasse with its exquisite Southern Louisiana-inspired dishes. For information, visit www.icneworleans.com or call 1-504-525-5566.
Homewood Suites New Orleans team reaches out during terrible flooding in Louisiana
Frank Hess, General Manager of the Homewood Suites New Orleans, LA, and his team vividly remembered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with devastation that lasted for months. So they were deeply concerned about the recent flooding in Baton Rouge, LA. Frank recently penned a letter to the Homewood team and friends at the Homewood Suites Baton Rouge expressing his sincere sympathy for their plight and offering help. “We know that you’re resilient and will overcome; however, there will be times when you’ll feel you’re being tested to the point it becomes too much,” he wrote. “That’s the point we want to hear from you. It’s okay that we may not have met, yet. Let’s start with today. We have so much more in common than not. You may not know that the majority of us at the Homewood Suites New Orleans went through Hurricane Katrina. Many of us lost everything we owned and suffered in silence. It was those that provided us a listening ear and a reassuring hug that got us through. Tell us what you need. I promise we’ll do everything we can to make it happen for you. We may be separated by 50 nautical miles, but in spirit, we’re just five feet away.” He included contact information for AGM Cayada Wroten, DOS Rebecca Brown, Controller Frances Henry, Sales Manager Terri Poole, Director of Housekeeping Zenaida (Cecy) Cepeda and Chief Engineer Patrick Crier. “Feel free to email or call, anytime, and let us know what we can do for you and yours,” he concluded. Thank you, Frank. You really summed up our feeling that we are all family—and we’re all here to help each other.
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