|MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Feb. 9, 2006 - White Lodging Services has announced
the significant transformation and realignment of its organizational structure
recently, a major step toward anticipated future growth and expansion.
The company's vision is to become the most desired and highly- valued independent
management company of leading brand select and full service hotels.
WLS recently celebrated the addition of the 100th hotel to its portfolio,
bringing the total number of guestrooms to 13,753 presently. It expects
to add a minimum of 13 additional hotels this year, bringing the total
to over 16,000 guestrooms.
"We are experiencing an accelerated wave of growth," stated Chairman/CEO
Bruce White. "Expanding our operational structure is another step
taken to secure the foundation for future advancements. This new
structure will further enhance the efficiency and accountability in making
the organization a success."
The objective of the reorganization is to provide better support to
the field, facilitate successful planning, and prepare for accelerated
growth in number of hotels and owner relationships. The company's
operational structure has been divided into two divisions -- eastern and
western. Each division is headed by a senior vice president
of operations responsible for approximately half of the company's portfolio
of hotels. Within each division are multiple regions led by regional
vice presidents. The eastern and western divisions are each further
supported by a vice president of food and beverage, vice president of sales
and marketing, regional director of recruitment and training and a director
of revenue management.
The reorganization of WLS includes the promotions of the following key
executives to its new divisions:
Dave Sibley, Senior Vice President of Operations will head the eastern
division. Sibley joined the company in April of 2000 as Vice President
and General Manager of the award-winning Indianapolis Marriott. He
was subsequently promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations, where
he successfully opened multiple hotels and strengthened several key owner
relationships. Bringing over 18 years of hospitality experience with
him, he previously served with Marriott International.
Additionally, each division will be further developed into separate regions
and headed by regional vice presidents. These regions are based on
the location of cluster hotels found throughout different states, and the
individuals responsible for the regions include:
Jon Peck, Senior Vice President of Operations will head the western division.
Peck joined the company in June 2004 as Vice President and General Manager
of the Louisville Marriott Downtown hotel; under his direction, the hotel
was named Marriott's Franchise Opening Hotel of the Year for 2005.
He was previously with Marriott International for over 18 years, most recently
as General Manager of the Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Beach Resort
St. Thomas, USVI.
Kevin Grandin, Regional Vice President - Region 1, Western Division. Grandin
will continue to oversee properties throughout the state of Texas.
He started with WLS in 1994 as area manager and was promoted in 1996 to
regional vice president of the Texas area. He came to White Lodging
Services from Marriott Corporation, where he dedicated 13 years of his
career and held several key operation positions for the Marriott full-service
and Courtyard brands.
John Garth, Regional Vice President - Region 2, Western Division.
Garth will continue to be responsible for the hotels located in the states
of Colorado and Utah. He joined WLS in 2002 as the General Manager
of the Denver Marriott South and was promoted to his current position as
regional vice president in 2004. Previously, he was employed as Vice
President of Sales and Marketing for the Vail Tourism and Convention Bureau
in Colorado. He brings over 20 years of various hospitality experience
in numerous positions with Marriott International.
Frank Garahan, Regional Vice President - Region 4, Western Division. Garahan
recently joined White Lodging Services and will be responsible for
the company's hotels located in Florida, Kentucky and Michigan. Prior
to his appointment, he was most recently the General Manager of Marriott's
Doral Resort and Spa. Garahan brings over 28 years of diverse experience
with him, including previous experience as Vice President Operations-Western
Region for Marriott.
Dan Farley, Regional Vice President - Region 5, Eastern Division. Farley
joins White Lodging Services and will be responsible for hotels located
in Indiana and on the east coast including hotels in the states of New
Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. Prior to joining
WLS, Farley was with Marriott International for 18 years, where he
most recently worked in Marriott full service as Area General Manager for
Central New Jersey.
In order to support each division, additional staff has been added to enhance
operational effectiveness. Positions already named include:
Regional Vice President - Region 3, Eastern Division is still to be named.
This key region includes property locations in downtown Chicago, Midway
Airport and surrounding suburbs, and where aggressive future development
is currently planned.
In addition, corporate staff named to support both divisions are:
Joe Frasca, Vice President Food & Beverage - Eastern Division.
Michelle Rose, Vice President of Sales - Eastern Division.
Robert Morse, Director of Revenue Management - Eastern Division
Kim Meyerholtz, Director of Recruitment & Training - Eastern Division
Mike Grippo, Vice President of Sales - Western Division
Nicole Anderson, Director of Revenue Management - Western Division
Kirk Hart, Director of Recruitment & Training - Western Division
Other open Division positions are expected to be filled shortly.
John Healy, Vice President of Facilities
Jan Grabow, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Established in 1985, White Lodging Services is a fully integrated hotel
ownership, development, and operating company -- a recognized leader that
has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable
growth among mid-to large-scale hotels across the country. White
Lodging Services continues to expand and diversify their product and service
mix by sharpening the focus used to identify new opportunities and evolving
to respond to an ever-changing business environment. Their portfolio
of more than 100 hotels throughout the country encompasses representation
of the following leading- brand hotels: Marriott; Residence Inn by
Marriott; Courtyard by Marriott; Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott;
SpringHill Suites by Marriott; Renaissance; Radisson Hotels; Intercontinental
Hotel Group; and Hilton.