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Hilton Garden Inn Announces Promotions of Vice Presidents
and Senior Directors of Hotel Performance Support

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 25, 2006 – Hilton Garden Inn®, the award-winning mid-priced brand that is part of the Hilton Family of Hotels has announced the promotions of:
  • Mark Nogal, vice president of hotel performance and sales support
  • Jim Cone, vice president of marketing
  • Alan Roberts, senior director of hotel performance support (Eastern US/Europe)
  • Chris Wilroy, senior director of hotel performance support (Central and Western US/Asia)
“Hilton Garden Inn has established itself as a preferred hotel brand in the mid-priced segment that offers consistent services and amenities that both business and leisure travelers look for when away from home, like complimentary high speed Internet access and remote printing to the 24-hour business center,” said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – brand management, Hilton Garden Inn. “Mark Nogal, Jim Cone, Alan Roberts and Chris Wilroy bring extensive hospitality experience and leadership to the brand as we continue our rapid growth in North America and begin our expansion in Europe.”

A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mark Nogal was most recently the vice president of marketing and sales for Hilton Garden Inn and has been involved in the Hilton Garden Inn brand since it's re-launch in 1996. He started his career with Hilton Hotels Corporation at the Hilton New Orleans Airport in New Orleans, La., and then worked for Hyatt in various positions. He rejoined Hilton in 1987 as rooms division director for the Hilton hotels in Philadelphia, Pa., and Albany, NY and in 1989, Nogal became the regional director of marketing for the northeast regional office. He later served as director of franchise and product line marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation from 1995 through 2000 and has since held the senior director of marketing position for the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Nogal’s educational background includes hotel restaurant and tourism from the University of New Orleans and architecture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. 

Joining Hilton Hotels Corporation in May 2005 as the director of marketing for Hilton Garden Inn, Jim Cone helped to increase brand awareness by developing marketing and advertising strategies and executing promotions and national advertising to drive and increase bookings and revenue. Prior to joining Hilton, Cone was the director of business development for Equity Marketing and an account director for Disc Marketing. In 1998, he served as the senior consultant for Ernst & Young LLP. Cone gained his hospitality experience, from 1988 to 1993, as the director of convention services for the Grand Hyatt New York in which he managed and ensured the execution of all group business. Cone held a variety of positions at the hotel that included: front office assistant manager, assistant executive housekeeper and hotel assistant manager. He graduated with a degree in hotel administration from Cornell University and holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California.

With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Alan Roberts was most recently the director of hotel performance support for Hilton Garden Inn overseeing the Mid-Atlantic Region since 2004. Prior to joining Hilton, Roberts worked for the Panos Hotel Group beginning in 2001 as the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown in NC, and ultimately held the position of Director of Operations where he was responsible for their 12 hotel portfolio.  From 1994 to 2001, he held a variety of positions in hotels throughout Charlotte, NC that include: front office manager for the Omni Charlotte Hotel, director of sales for the Holiday Inn Executive Park and the front desk supervisor for the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Other hospitality experience includes the position of assistant general manager for the Embassy Suites Hotel in Williamsburg, Va., and serving as the front desk manager and sales manager for Comfort Suites in Ashville, NC. Roberts holds a degree in hospitality management from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

An eight-year Hilton employee, Chris Wilroy was most recently the director of hotel performance support for the Central Southern Region for Hilton Garden Inn, a position held since 2005. He entered the hospitality industry in 1998 as the revenue strategy analyst for the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami, Fla., and held a variety of positions with Hilton that include the director of revenue management position for the Hilton Charlotte & Towers and Doubletree Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. He was promoted in 2001 to the regional director of revenue management position for Hilton and Doubletree Hotels in the Southeast Region playing a key role in the development of the first revenue management program for full service franchised hotels. He joined the Hilton Garden Inn brand in 2003 as the director of revenue management.  Wilroy graduated Cum Laude with a finance degree from Kennesaw State University, GA. He has completed a negotiation and decision making strategies course through the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of the Hilton Revenue Management University.

About Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary high-speed Internet access in guestrooms and secure remote printing to the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour business center to getting the perfect night’s sleep.  So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to be their best, regardless of their “personal business.” Hilton Garden Inn represents one of the cornerstones of the Hilton franchise growth strategy and currently has more than 400 hotels open or in development. The Hilton Garden Inn brand is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation; recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,800 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Coral by Hilton®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand VacationsTM, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria CollectionTM.

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Contact:

Agnes Sibal
Hilton Garden Inn Brand Communications
(310) 205-4545
agnes_sibal@hilton.com
http://www.stayhgi.com

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Also See: Hilton Garden Inn to Open Three Mid-priced Hotels in Germany and Italy / July 2006


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