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Robert LaCasse Named General Manager of the
360-room Le Meridien San Francisco


San Francisco, Calif., October 23, 2007 – HEI Hotels & Resorts, a rapidly growing hotel ownership and operating company, announced today the appointment of Robert LaCasse as the new general manager of the 360-room Le Meridien San Francisco.  LaCasse joins the hotel from the Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, where he had served as general manager through HEI’s acquisition of the hotel and the property’s transition from the Marriott brand to Sheraton.

“We are dedicated to promoting growth from within at HEI and in a short time at the Sheraton Austin, Bob was able to create a culture of success,” said Michael Miner, senior vice president of operations..  “This was a well-deserved promotion and we know that Bob will bring a fresh energy and vision to the Le Meridien.”

Known for its contemporary environment and outstanding service, the Le Meridien San Francisco is a unique destination for travelers to San Francisco. LaCasse will be responsible for maintaining an inspired culture of service and discovery, in line with the Le Meridien’s emerging position in the American market.

“I’m excited to embark on this new challenge,” LaCasse said.  “HEI has given me the opportunity to grow and I’m excited to lead the Le Meridien team.  The hotel is unmatched in the market, and I expect big things in the coming years.”

Before joining HEI as the general manager of the Sheraton Austin, LaCasse was general manager of the Marriott Delray Beach, a 270-room hotel and spa in a resort environment.  He also served as general manager of the Sheraton Newton Hotel, where he was nominated three years in a row as General Manager of the Year by the Massachusetts Lodging Association.  Prior to the Sheraton Newton, LaCasse spent 10 years at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in roles of increasing responsibility, focusing on the property’s food and beverage operation.

About Le Meridien San Francisco
The Le Meridien San Francisco Hotel is set in the heart of the Embarcadero district of San Francisco, deeply entrenched in its vibrantly cultural and inspired surroundings. With 360 guestrooms and more than 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the hotel is the ideal venue to experience the heritage, style and class that makes San Francisco one of the world’s finest destinations.  Learn more about the hotel at www.lemeridien.com/sanfrancisco.

About HEI Hotels & Resorts
HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality investment firm that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts throughout the United States under such well-known brand names as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Hilton. For more information about HEI, visit the company’s website, www.heihotels.com.

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Contact:

Jess Petitt
HEI Hotels & Resorts
203-849-2228
jpetitt@heihotels.com

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Also See: HEI Hospitality Acquires 360-Room Park Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco from a Subsidiary of Strategic Hotel Capital, LLC / May 2006
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