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Mariann Aherne and Craig J. Troxell Named Respectively General Manager
and Director of Sales for the Premiere Hotel and Suites
in New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven CT (May 4, 2007) - The Saunders Hotel Group, LLC has named Mariann Aherne as the General Manager and Craig J. Troxell as Director of Sales for the Premiere Hotel and Suites at 3 Long Wharf Drive in New Haven. An affiliate of Saunders Hotel Group recently purchased the hotel and has announced plans for a $3.5 million renovation.

Mariann Aherne joins Saunders as the General Manager of the Premiere Hotel and Suites after five years as the Regional and General Manager at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. Ms Aherne has over 30 years experience in the hospitality field and has worked for and with many companies and corporations such as Marriott, Hilton, West Coast Hotels, Red Lion Hotels, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Paramount Hotel Group, Waterford Hotel Group and Northwest Hospitality Group. In addition she owned her own restaurant for 8 years.

Craig J. Troxell joins the Premiere Hotel and Suites as Director of Sales with more than eight years experience in the Greater New Haven, CT hotel market. Prior to joining Saunders, he worked for Schafer Hotel Properties as a Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing and with Paramount Hotel Group as a Regional Director of Sales. Mr. Troxell's 24 year hospitality career in sales and marketing includes stints with Sheraton Corporation, Oakwood Corporate Housing, Embassy Suites, West Coast Hotels, Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Northwest Hospitality Group, Schafer Hotel Properties and Paramount Hotel Group. 
 


Mariann Aherne

Craig J. Troxell 

"Saunders Hotel Group purchased this hotel based on the knowledge that New Haven has significant potential as a hotel market and that this property occupies a prime location," said Aherne. "The entire team at the New Haven Premiere Hotel and Suites will work to ensure the hotel is positioned to match the demand with a product that is perfectly suited to the destination and our guests' needs." 

"As we move forward with our significant investment in renovation and service upgrades, we are excited to add the local market knowledge and hospitality experience Ms. Aherne and Mr. Troxell bring to the equation," said Jeffrey Saunders, President & CEO of The Saunders Hotel Group. "We anticipate that this vibrant management team will energize the Premiere Suites with the passion, pride and professionalism that complement our ongoing investment in the hotel and distinguish the hotel to our guests."

The Premiere Hotel and Suites, the only all-suite, extended stay hotel within 10 miles of City Center New Haven and Yale University, incorporates 112 spacious suites in studio and penthouse, one- or two-bedroom configurations, many with separate living and dining areas. Thirty of the hotel's suites are 1,200 square foot two-bedroom penthouse suites. The 82 one-bedroom suites offer 600 square feet of space. All suites have fully equipped kitchens, breakfast bars, working fireplaces, cable TV with HBO, comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms and a workspace area with high speed Internet access. The renovations will upgrade the suites with new furnishings, new bathroom detailing including granite countertops, refreshed kitchen facilities and will replace all televisions with 37 inch high-def LCD flat-panel units in all suites. 

The Saunders Hotel Group
The Saunders Hotel Group is a third generation family business that is known worldwide for its genuine commitment to gracious hospitality, innovation, and environmental leadership. Saunders Hotel Group owns and or operates six distinctive properties including: the historic, 4-Diamond Lenox Hotel (Boston, MA); the Comfort Inn  & Suites (Boston, MA - Logan Airport); the Marriott Residence Inn (Merrimack, NH); the Holiday Inn/Outback Steakhouse (New London, CT); The Hawthorn Suites Hotel (Alexandria, VA.); and the Hampton Inn (Norwood, MA.). See the portfolio at www.saundershotelgroup.net

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Contact:

Stephanie Seacord
Leading Edge
135 Piscassic Road (Box 960)
Newfields NH 03856
T: 603-772-1835
F: 603-772-7066
sseacord@lemd.com

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Also See: Saunders Hotel Group Purchases Sole Extended Stay Hotel in New Haven, Plans $3.3 Million Upgrade to New Haven Premiere Hotel and Suites / April 2007
The Lenox Has a New Face; 225,000 New Bricks, 60 Tons of Terra Cotta and $10 million Later, a Six Year Restoration is Completed / Oct 2002
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