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John Remmers Appointed General Manager of Hotel ZaZa Houston  
HOUSTON, TX – November, 2006 – Highly regarded for his endeavors in the upscale hotel segment, John Remmers, a two-decade veteran of the hospitality industry, has been appointed General Manager of Hotel ZaZa Houston.  Remmers is a critical hire on the pre-opening team as the former Warwick Hotel, for which he previously served as General Manager, nears the final stages of a multi-million transformation to Hotel ZaZa.  This massive endeavor is infusing the landmark Museum District building originally built in 1926 with the Dallas-based ZaZa brand’s playfully sophisticated design, service and amenity offerings.  In addition to 315 premium guestrooms and suites, property highlights will include Monarch, a destination restaurant and lounge, “Urban Oasis” relaxation area with fitness center, 10,000-square-foot “ZaSpa” and rooftop pool, plus 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space.  Hotel ZaZa Houston is slated to debut on January 8, 2007.
 
Remmers spent more than a third of his career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Ritz-Carlton.  After graduating from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, he joined the Four Seasons Hotel Houston Center in Houston, TX as Assistant Director of Housekeeping.  He was quickly promoted to Director of Housekeeping at the property and then to Front Office Manager at the former Four Seasons Inn on the Park, also in Houston.  In 1990, Remmers was hired by The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, GA as Assistant Rooms Manager and then moved to the brand’s Kansas City, MO property to serve as Executive Assistant Manger, Rooms Division.
 
Prior to his position at The Warwick, Remmers was employed by Dolce International Hotel, Resort & Conference Destinations as General Manager for the pre-opening of Dolce Zermatt Resort & Spa in Midway, UT and General Manager for Dolce Lakeway Inn & Resort in Austin, TX.  The Four Diamond, 239-room Lakeway property with full service marina, four golf courses, spa, tennis club, sailing academy and 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space ranked second in the company for guest satisfaction scores
 
Remmers has also held the positions of General Manager for the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, FL, Resident Manager for the Omni Mandalay Hotel, Las Colinas in Irving, TX, and Executive Assistant Manager for the Ocean Grand Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, FL, Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Resort in Miami, FL and Omni Charleston Place Hotel/Orient- Express in Charleston, SC.  He is a member the Houston Hotel and Lodging Association and the Austin Hotel and Motel Association and was the first Vice President of the Jacksonville Hotel and Motel Association.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Hotel ZaZa was created by Charles S. Givens and Jeff Records and is owned by Givens-Records Developments.  The property is managed by Gemstone Resorts International, a full-service operating and asset management company that specializes in luxury and upscale hotels and resorts.  Hotel ZaZa is located at 5701 Main Street, Houston, TX, 77005.  For information and reservations, call 713-526-1991 or log onto www.hotelzazahouston.com.
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Gemstone Resorts International
 http://www.gemstoneresorts.com/

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Also See: Gemstone Resorts International Selected to Manage the Casa Madrona in Sausalito and the Warwick (Soon to be Hotel ZaZa) in Houston / May 2005
Olympus Real Estate Partners Retains Gemstone Resorts International to Maximizing Asset Value and Return on Capital on its Five Rockresort Properties / May 2002


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