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Courtyard Cypress Anaheim/Orange County Appoints New General Manager

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.

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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.

Intercontinental New Orleans Boosts Sales Team With Hiring of New Director

Luxury hotel in New Orleans continues transformation with addition of Melanie Walent, boasting over 20 years of hospitality sales experience

New Orleans, LAIntercontinental New Orleans has named a new director of sales to help lead the hotel into a new season of success.

ICNOLA DOSProviding 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.

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General Manager reaches out in time of need

Homewood Suites New Orleans team reaches out during terrible flooding in Louisiana

HomewoodSuite ReducedFrank 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.

New General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Newark-Cranford Returns to New Jersey Accommodations

cranfordNewGMCranford, NJ – A long-time hospitality veteran has returned “home” to a hotel where he’s previously served as operations manager and director of sales and marketing.

 

Vinnie Cicerale has been named the new general manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton Newark-Cranford, managed by Dimension Development. Cicerale was the senior sales manager at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ prior to arriving at Homewood Suites.

 

All of Cicerale’s hospitality experience has been in New Jersey, with a start at the 108 all-suite property that he is now in charge of. He served as operations manager at Homewood Suites before moving to the Aloft hotel in Mount Laurel as assistant general manager. Holiday Inn then tapped him for a corporate sales manager position based in the Somerset market. Cicerale moved to Ocean Place Resort & Spa in July 2011 as a group sales manager before returning to Homewood Suites for his second stint.

 

“‘Friendship and progress’ is the motto of Cranford, so I’m looking forward to making and meeting lots of new friends who stay here,” Cicerale said. “The progress this hotel has made in the last year with the completion of a major renovation shows Hilton’s commitment to offering travelers a home-like atmosphere for when they are away from their homes for extended business stays. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to take this property to the next level through 2016 and beyond.”

 

The Cranford hotel near Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is especially attractive to business professionals visiting the corporate offices of L’Oreal, Merck and The Newark Group, which are all nearby. Vacationers also will appreciate the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to a nearby train station that offers direct transit to New York City and Madison Square Garden, just 17 miles away. Comfortable accommodations provide modern amenities and plenty of space to spread out to be as productive or relaxed as guests desire.

 

In his spare time, Cicerale said he enjoys playing middle infield for multiple slow-pitch softball teams.

 

About Homewood Suites by Hilton Newark-Cranford

Homewood Suites by Hilton at 2 Jackson Drive in Cranford, NJ is just off of Garden State Parkway and a short distance from Pineda Conservatory and Hyatt Hill Golf Course. Galloping Hill Park and Golf Course and The Westwood are nearby, with Newark International Airport just 8 miles away. The extended-stay hotel features studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living, dining and sleeping quarters. Three meeting rooms with 1,904 square feet of total event space, a 24-hour business center, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room and 24-hour convenience store are among other amenities available. For information, visit www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com or call 1-908-709-1980.

 

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.

New General Manager Takes Reins at Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon

miamiBlueNewGMMiami, FL – Preparing to take guest services to new heights near Miami International Airport, Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon has introduced a new general manager.

 

Chris Hammons, a 13-year hospitality veteran, takes the helm at the extended-stay Miami hotel, managed by Dimension Development, after serving as general manager at Hilton Garden Inn Austin North in Austin, TX. Hammons will move his family to Southern Florida, where he grew up and said he has many fond memories.

 

“I will be happy to be close to the beach and teach my son the joys of fishing and surfing, a skill I have yet to master myself,” Hammons said. “I’m also looking forward to working with an exceptional team to take the hotel and brand to a new level of at-home comfort in a really convenient area.”

 

Hammons has served in a number of hospitality leadership roles, including general manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin North/Parmer Lane, Residence Inn Austin South and Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin-University Area. He began his professional career as a front office manager at a beachfront hotel in Panama City, Florida before taking on an assistant general manager position at The Inn at St. Thomas Square in the same city. He then moved on to the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area, working for Courtyard and Residence Inn brands before heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana to take the hotel operations manager position at Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel. Austin was his next destination.

 

Hammons said Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon “has huge potential, and I’m ready to show results through training, fun and processes.” The contemporary hotel encourages short and longer-term stays with suites that feature separate areas for sleeping, living and working. While the property is surrounded by water with lagoons in the front and back, it also boasts a tropical outdoor pool where travelers can soak up the Sunshine State in style.

 

When not working, Hammons enjoys watching soccer, baseball and football and is extremely excited to be able to watch his college football team, the University of West Florida Argonauts, take to the gridiron for their inaugural season.

 

About Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon at 5500 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami, FL is in the Waterford Office Park and provides easy access to Dolphin Expressway just 0.5 miles away and Downtown Miami at 7.8 miles away. South Beach, Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island and American Airlines Arena are all nearby. The hotel features one- and two-bedroom suites with complimentary Wi-Fi, three meeting rooms with a total of 1,550 square feet of event space, a business center, fitness room and outdoor pool. Daily breakfast and a shuttle to attractions within a 2-mile radius of the hotel are complimentary. For information, visit www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com or call 1-305-261-3335.

 

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.