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Richard Southard Named General Manager of the 315-room Doubletree® Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
in Rockville, Maryland
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 7, 2004 – Richard Southard has been named general manager of the 315-room Doubletree® Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, Md.  Southard most recently served as director of sales & marketing for the hotel, a position he has held since 1999.  

With more than 20 years in the hotel industry, Southard began his career in hotel sales and catering at full-service properties in the Washington D.C. area in the early 1980’s.  For the following 15 years, he served as director of sales & marketing at a wide variety of hotels and resorts in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Richmond, Va.; Atlanta; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Southard has received several accolades throughout his career, including “Sales and Catering Sales Team of the Year” for his leadership from Hilton Hotels Corporation in 2002.  He received a bachelor’s of science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York.

Featuring a sweeping atrium lobby with a six-story Victorian-style gazebo, the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Rockville delights guests with visual excitement and elegance. Considered the flagship hotel of the Rockville community, the property offers convenience to government agencies and easy access to an adjacent MetroRail station that can whisk visitors to the world famous monuments and museums of our nation’s capitol.  Rockville, the second largest city in Maryland, has received recent acclaim as the "home of the genome" due to the landmark discoveries of its biotechnology community. 

The Doubletree Rockville Executive Meeting Center, a unique facility that meets the stringent certification standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), provides the privacy and superior service required by executive level retreats and the abundant space and high-tech support necessary for corporate training sessions.  This dedicated facility features ten distinct conference rooms that total 10,000 square feet of meeting space and is built to accommodate groups of five to 75.   The Executive Conference Center complements the hotel’s additional 10,000 square feet of event space that is perfectly suited for wedding receptions, black tie social affairs, large scale business conferences and other functions for up to 700 people.

Located on Rockville Pike, the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Rockville is located in suburban Washington D.C. along the Interstate 270 High Technology Corridor and is convenient to each of the area’s three major international airports.  For more information or to make reservations, please call the hotel directly at (301) 468-1100 or visit our website at www.rockville.doubletree.com. 

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Contact:
Thomas Wingham
Doubletree Media Relations 
310-205-4545   
thomas_wingham@hilton.com  


 
Also See Thayer Lodging Group Opens the IACC Certified Executive Meeting Center at the The DoubleTree Hotel, Rockville, Maryland / May 2000


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