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Winegardner & Hammons Set to Open 295 room Cleveland Marriott East;
Todd Raburn Appointed General Manager 

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CLEVELAND, OH – August 11, 2005 – In preparation for the September arrival of the upscale, full-service, Cleveland Marriott East, Todd Raburn was appointed General Manager and currently oversees recruiting and the pre-opening sales office, which has officially opened at 2000 Auburn Drive, Suite 450 in Beachwood, according to Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., the hotel’s management company. This 17-year industry veteran, a former general manager in the Columbus, Ohio area, has also been an executive chef and is accustomed to catering to the needs of his community.  “It’s an exciting time to be a part of welcoming back the Marriott flag in this part of Cleveland and the first full-service hotel in Warrensville Heights,” stated Raburn. “I am also looking forward to building great partnerships within the fine communities of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Woodmere and Chagrin Falls.”    
          
This stunning, eight-story, 295-room hotel is nestled on 10-acres in the world-class corporate community of Chagrin Highlands, within the heart of the Cleveland East/Beachwood area.  It will also debut Marriott's luxurious new bedding package, one of many outstanding amenities that will capture the attention of meeting planners and guests. The Cleveland Marriott East will feature 14,800 square-feet of flexible meeting space, to include the largest hotel ballroom in the area, an impressive, 7,500 square-foot ballroom, which can comfortably accommodate up to 700 attendees for banquets and themed events. “This development at Chagrin Highlands is another step toward making Cleveland a stronger city,” stated Mayor Jane L. Campbell.  The Cleveland Marriott East will also provide eight executive boardrooms, combined with state-of-the-art technology, including Hi-Speed Wireless Internet to ensure a flawless meeting experience.
 
With the recent commencement of the pre-opening sales office, the hotel has booked to date an incredible 1.5 million, which according to Raburn, “A clear sign that our community has spoken, embracing our entry into this marketplace.” As part of the pre-Grand Opening preparations, Raburn was proud to announce the following sales staff appointments:  
  • Anthony Prusak and Alan Feuerman - Sales Account Managers
  • Jill Bish and Hollie Zelenka – Catering and Sales Account Managers
  • Sue Miller - Sales Account Coordinator
In addition, the Community Hiring Hall, a non-profit temporary employment service, serving the Greater Cleveland area has opened.  Please call the Job Line at 216-896-9105. 
 
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, currently manages over 30 hotels throughout the country, including 12 full-service Marriott hotels.  The company has also been the recipient of more than 40 prestigious Marriott International Franchise awards, including its seventh Marriott International, Inc. Partnership Circle Award.  The Cleveland Marriott East is destined to be another huge success for the 45-year old company. For more information, or group bookings, please call 216-378-9191, or visit www.clevelandmarriotteast.com.

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., is a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful management. The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the U.S. WHI currently manages over 30 hotels in the U.S., including most major hotel brands. For more information on WHI, visit www.whihotels.com.  
 
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 64 other countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 128,000 employees.   It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune® magazine.   In fiscal year 2003, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $9 billion.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

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Contact:

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
www.whihotels.com
www.clevelandmarriotteast.com

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Also See: Winegardner & Hammons Completes Renovation and Rebranding of the former Radisson Airport Hotel, Now Columbus Airport Marriott / June 2004
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Opens the 295-room Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel / Feb 2002


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