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Greg Champion Appointed General Manager of
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, Florida

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Naples, FL (December 1, 2005) – Hospitality industry veteran Greg Champion has rejoined the Noble House Hotels & Resorts team as general manager of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort.  Champion will oversee all operations of the luxurious, 189-room, boutique-style resort located directly on the picturesque Gulf of Mexico.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Greg back as part of the Noble House Hotels family,” said Bob Foster, president of Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  “His track record as part of our company’s management team, combined with his vast experience in the industry, makes him a natural to fill this position,” added Foster.  

With more than 25 years of luxury experience, Champion most recently served as chief operating officer of Tiburon Hospitality Management, where he managed operations of the company’s three properties.  Prior to that position, Champion was executive vice president for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw seven properties across the country and served as managing director of The Adolphus in Dallas. 

Champion is a member of SKAL International and Chaine des Rotisseurs.  He has served on the board of directors for both the Dallas and Alaska Convention and Visitors Bureaus and is active in various tourism, culinary and hospital associations.  

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, a Noble House Hotel, reopened in Naples, Florida in 2002 after an extensive $51 million transformation and expansion.  The comprehensive renovation transformed the local landmark into one of the top luxury beach resorts in the country.  The resort features a championship Bob Cupp-designed golf course with driving range and practice area and the exclusive David Leadbetter Golf Academy, 11,000 square feet of function space, Baleen Restaurant, fitness center and a full-service 4,500 square foot Indonesian-inspired boutique spa, SpaTerre.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has been named to the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Gold List,’ the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Reader’s Choice List,’ as well as the Travel+Leisure top 500 Greatest Hotels.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is located at 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, FL 34108, facing the Gulf of Mexico.  For reservations, please call (800) 237-6883 or, for more information, visit the website at www.laplayaresort.com. 

Noble House Hotels & Resorts is a privately held real estate development company based in Seattle, Washington.  The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in seven states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S.  Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington.  For more information or to book reservations, visit the Noble House Hotels and Resorts website at www.noblehousehotels.com. (chain code NC.)

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Contact:

Brad Packer 
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
(305) 860-4385
bpacker@noblehousehotels.com

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Also See: Greg Champion Appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tiburon Hospitality Management / May 2003
Tiburon Hospitality Management Poised for Growth in 2005 / January 2005
Paul Sherlock Appointed to Director of Operations at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida / October 2003


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