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  Richard C. Kessler Honored by the Developer’s & Business Alliance
as Florida’s Developer of the Year
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Orlando, Florida (June 1, 2006) - Richard C. Kessler, chairman & CEO of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. and The Kessler Collection was recently honored by the Developer’s & Business Alliance as Florida’s Developer of the Year.   The award honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the building industry that have made major contributions to their community’s growth and quality of life through leadership, veracity and determination. 

Kessler, who was also the 2000 Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year® for Florida, founded the Kessler Enterprise, Inc., in 1985 after he had sold his interest in Days Inn of America.  The Company now owns and operates nine, and soon to be ten, such themed, boutique hotels in Florida, Georgia, Colorado and New Mexico. 

His current projects include: Columbia Place luxury condominiums in Savannah, GA, Hampton Inn & Suites in Orlando, FL, and Grand Bohemian Hotel and Residences, St. Petersburg, FL.  He looks to expand his operation into major cities across the United States at a pace of 1 – 3 a year. 

“This is quite an honor,” stated Richard C. Kessler.  “It has taken many years of successes and near failures to come to such recognition. I have enjoyed many mentors along the way that have shared their experiences with me and I have also enjoyed being captain of several teams who make visions and dreams come true.”

His current portfolio includes the AAA Four-Diamond Casa Monica Hotel in historic, St. Augustine, FL; the AAA Four-Diamond Westin Grand Bohemian in Orlando- rated number one in the world in guest satisfaction by Starwood Hotels in Resorts; the AAA Four-Diamond Celebration Hotel in Celebration; Doubletree Castle Hotel in Orlando; Sheraton Studio City Hotel in Orlando; and the Sheraton Safari Hotel– an affiliated property, in Orlando; El Monte Sagrado - a Kessler managed property in Taos, NM; the Sundy House – a Kessler managed property in Delray Beach, FL; the historic Kehoe House and the chic and luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA.

Kessler, who has been collecting art for over 35 years, also owns five  Grand Bohemian Gallery’s which are located within the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Beaver Creek Lodge, Celebration Hotel, Kehoe House and The Westin Grand Bohemian.   Each gallery represents 20th and 21st century European and American artwork that were hand selected by Kessler and that are also showcased throughout each of his hotels.   For additional information, please call (407) 996-9999 or visit www.kesslercollection.com.

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Contact:

Mary C. Kenny
Corporate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The Kessler Collection 
407.996.9942 Direct
321.230.1707 Mobile
www.kesslercollection.com

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Also See: Developer Richard C. Kessler Planning New Grand Bohemian Hotel and Residences in St. Petersburg, Florida / May 2005
The Kessler Collection Enters into a Management Agreement with the Historic Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida / May 2006

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