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Waterford Appoints James Riker General Manager
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(Hartford, CT – April 24, 2007) --- Waterford Hotel Group has appointed James Riker as the new General Manager of the Hilton Hartford Hotel . As General Manager, Riker will be responsible for all of the hotel’s operations, sales and administration, as well as more than 240 associates. Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. professionally manages the 393-room Hilton Hartford, which reopened in 2005 as a state-of-the-art, luxury hotel with all the benefits and convenience of a downtown location. 

Riker brings extensive industry experience, as well as strong familiarity with the New England market to the hotel. Since 1998, he has served as Regional Hotel Director for Waterford Hotel Group. During his tenure, Jim oversaw operational efforts for more than 30 hotels across the country. Previously, Riker gained extensive hospitality experience serving as Area Manager and General Manager at many locations throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Utah, and is currently a resident of Ledyard, CT. 

“Jim has been a tremendous asset to Waterford Hotel Group and the numerous properties with which he has been involved,” commented Terry Bickhardt, president and COO for Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. “His extensive knowledge of Waterford’s operating procedures and philosophy will make him a welcomed addition to the Hilton Hartford team. We are confident that he will excel in this new position,” added Bickhardt. 

About Hilton Hartford 

The Hilton Hartford is a state-of-the-art, luxury hotel with all the benefits and convenience of a downtown location that will attract business, convention and leisure travelers. Newly renovated in 2005, the transformed hotel features 393 guestrooms and 11 beautifully appointed suites, many of which overlook the renowned Connecticut State Capital building. The hotel boasts three executive level floors that have upgraded amenities and a private lounge serving a scrumptious complimentary continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and evening desserts. Every guestroom offers an array of personal amenities such as a coffee maker, iron/board, and all are equipped with dual-line telephones with private voice mail and high-speed internet access. When it is time to exercise, the Hilton Hartford hotel in Connecticut features an indoor pool, fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center with the latest in cardiovascular and weight training equipment, a whirlpool and a sauna. 

About Waterford Hotel Group 

Waterford Hotel Group, Inc., with headquarters in Waterford, CT, currently manages 25 properties in seven states. Waterford Hotel Group has experience operating virtually every type of hotel property, including limited services properties, all-suite hotels, conference centers, and large full service and resort properties. The company's approach to hotel development and operations is hands-on, and features frequent site visits and constant communication with customers and partners. Additionally, Waterford Hotel Group offers centralized accounting, financial reporting, strategic marketing, human resources, and day-to-day operations management systems to increase market share and profitability at all properties. For more information, visit the company's website at www.waterfordgroup.net . 

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Contact:

Lisa Beers 
Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. 
(860) 701-9621 
lbeers@waterfordgroup.net 
 

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Also See: The Waterford Group and Partners Reopen the 392-Room Hilton Hartford Following a $33 million Transformation / March 2005
The Waterford Group Tackles 33-year Hotel in Downtown Hartford; Will Transform into 392 room Hilton / June 2004
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