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C. Robert McEleney Promoted to
President of Callaway Gardens

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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (12/19/06) – Callaway Gardens® – a 13,000-acre woodland and display garden, resort and preserve accented with southern charm and unpretentious luxury – announces the appointment of C. Robert McEleney to president of Callaway Gardens.   Noble Management Group, the company selected in January 2005 to oversee the daily operations of Callaway Gardens, appointed McEleney to serve as vice president/managing director at Callaway Gardens in March 2005.  He has led the successful integration of Callaway Gardens and Noble, providing the foundation for a new era of luxury.
 
“His constant presence, intuitive grasp of our mission, work ethic and open, friendly and sincere disposition have combined to help lead Callaway Gardens to a higher level of service,” said Edward Callaway, Chairman of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ Board of Trustees.
 
McEleney has more than 30 years of management experience in the hospitality industry, beginning his career with ITT Sheraton Corporation where he advanced to vice president, area director of operations.  He also served in senior leadership positions with The Resort at Squaw Creek Valley in California, the five diamond Ihilani Resort and Spa in Hawaii, American Skiing Company, Olympus Hospitality Group and Millennium Hotels and Resorts.
 
“Noble and Callaway Gardens have a shared vision to reinvent the Callaway Gardens experience, while preserving its remarkable heritage of connecting man and nature,” said McEleney.  “I’m proud to be part of a team that is dedicated to reinvesting in and protecting the original vision of Cason and Virginia Callaway and ensuring that guests will enjoy Callaway Gardens for generations to come.”
 
Callaway Gardens, a premier travel and meeting destination in the South, is owned by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ (ICCF).  Within the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens is a resort, preserve, almost 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 931 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, shooting club, gardens, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and additional attractions.  For more than 50 years Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Callaway Gardens is committed to its mission of environmental education and land stewardship for the benefit of future generations.
 
In January 2005, Noble Management Group, the operating arm of Noble Investment Group (www.nobleinvestment.com), was selected by the ICCF to use their management expertise to oversee the day-to-day operations of Callaway.
 
Noble Investment Group, a leading national hospitality organization that invests in luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and convention/conference centers, is a pre-eminent developer of first class hospitality and mixed-use developments.  Noble is an award-winning operator of independent destination resorts and upscale hotels affiliated with Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group. Currently, Noble operates more than 7,000 hotel and resort guest rooms including over 800,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, convention and conference centers, championship golf courses, spas and fine dining operations.
 
Since 1979, Noble and its predecessors have developed and acquired over $1.4 billion in hospitality assets. In the past year, the company began development on and acquired an aggregate of $500 million in hospitality investments.
 
Callaway Gardens, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com.
Contact:

Rachel M. Crumbley, Corporate Relations Manager
Callaway Gardens
706-663-5187 (desk)
rcrumbley@callawaygardens.com 
www.callawaygardens.com

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Also See: Nine Months After their Partnership Began, Noble Investment Group and Callaway Gardens Breaking Ground on The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens / September 2005
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