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Michael Fernandez Named General Manager and Frank Fuentes Director
of Sales for The Regent South Beach in Miami Beach
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 31, 2005) ---- Regent International Hotels today announced two executive team appointments for The Regent South Beach, a luxury boutique hotel opening later this year in the heart of Miami Beach’s Historic District.  Mr. Michael Fernandez has been named general manager, and Mr. Frank Fuentes will serve as director of sales and marketing  for the property.

Ms. Monica Neumann, vice president of operations for Regent International Hotels, announced the appointments.
 


Michael Fernandez

Frank Fuentes

“When we looked for candidates to fill these important roles, it was essential to find individuals who could serve as strategic thought leaders, team motivators and be capable of producing profitable growth in a highly competitive industry,” said Ms. Neumann.  “Michael and Frank quickly rose to the top of our lists when we learned that they could not only satisfy these requirements, but also bring a unique breadth and depth of experience to our organization.  Their competencies in hotel management, operations, negotiation and relationship building will prove invaluable to this hotel.  We’re very excited to welcome them to our team,” added Ms. Neumann.

Michael Fernandez to Lead The Regent South Beach as General Manager

As general manager, Mr. Fernandez will be responsible for directing and overseeing all day-to-day operations of the luxury condominium hotel. 

Most recently Mr. Fernandez was general manager at The Tides, a luxury condominium hotel in Miami Beach.  He has also successfully managed daily operations at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Calif., and the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale in Ariz.  In addition, Mr. Fernandez spent several years in management positions in both resort and city locations with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Frank Fuentes to Lead Sales Initiatives

With nearly 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Mr. Fuentes will be responsible for achieving revenue, profit and customer satisfaction goals for the hotel by developing and implementing strategies that increase both awareness of the property and overall sales. Mr. Fuentes reports to Mr.  Fernandez.

Mr. Fuentes brings extensive hotel executive-level experience to The Regent South Beach, having most recently served as corporate director of sales for Sol Group Corporation (Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts).  In this role, he effectively led the company’s sales teams and activities throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Under his leadership, his teams increased revenue from $90 million to more than $120 million in 2004 through increased reservations from tour operators, online partners, groups and electronic distribution systems. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Fuentes has held several management-level positions within the hotel and travel industry not only in Florida, but also in New York City and New Jersey.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston University, and is an active member in several hotel and travel industry associations.

About The Regent South Beach and Regent International Hotels
The Regent South Beach is an 80-suite, five-story luxury hotel that will offer captivating views of the Atlantic Ocean and two famed South Beach boulevards, Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. Inspired by the ocean, world-renowned Arquitectonica has designed The Regent South Beach to embrace South Beach style.  At the center of the hotel, guests will find a sun-drenched courtyard, swimming pool and Roman-style hot tub.  The Regent South Beach will also offer an elite in-residence spa where guests can enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of their rooms or in the midst of lush rooftop gardens. 

Dining at Table 8 South Beach and celebrity Chef Govind Armstrong will unequivocally raise South Florida’s culinary standards to new heights.  The highly anticipated restaurant will be the East Coast sibling of the award-winning Table 8 Los Angeles.  Table 8 South Beach will offer unique in-room and outdoor dining, as well as entertainment concepts that have never before been experienced in South Beach.  
The hotel is within steps of the Lincoln Road Shops, Miami Beach Convention Center, Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, Bass Museum & Cultural Center and the Miami Beach Marina. American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat, Miami International Airport, and Bal Harbour shops are a five-to-ten-minute drive.

Regent International Hotels has established a global leadership position in the luxury hotel and resort industry by offering premier locations, elegant facilities and personalized service to the world’s most discerning travelers. 

The Regent South Beach in Miami and The Regent Shanghai (China) are expected to open in late 2005. Other new properties under development around the globe include: The Regent Ningbo and The Regent Beijing in China; The Regent Bangkok in Thailand; The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf Hotel  and Residences in Boston, Mass.; and in Florida, The Regent Orlando In  Winter Park and The Regent Bal Harbour.  At present, Regent hotels and resorts are located in the cities of Almaty in Kazakhstan; Kuala Lumpur; Singapore; Taipei; Zagreb, Croatia; Berlin; and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.  The Regent Esplanade Zagreb and The Regent Berlin, which joined in 2004, are the newest additions to the exclusive Regent portfolio.  

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Contact:

 Ms. Kristi Arndt, Director of Public Relations   
Regent International Hotels     
+763-212-5626       
E-mail: karndt@regenthotels.com

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Also See: Regent International Hotels Appoints Tom Manno as Senior Director of Sales and Operations / June 2005
South Beach Resort Development, LLC Selects Regent to Manage 80 room $67 million Hotel Being Designed by Arquitectonica in South Beach (Miami) / March 2003


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