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Led by General Manager Guenter H. Richter, the Executive
Management Team at The Regent Bal Harbour Finalized

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April 10, 2008 (Bal Harbour Village, Florida) – The Regent Bal Harbour, the stunning art moderne address overlooking white-sand Atlantic beaches of Bal Harbour, enjoys a top-flight and decidedly international management expertise, to focus on “The Regent Experience,”™ a branded promise to deliver renowned service and international style that runs deep through the roots of The Regent hotel brand. 

Opened March 3, 2008, The Regent Bal Harbour is the new flagship of the Americas for Regent. The new oceanfront address features the first Guerlain Spa to debut in North America, a $4 million commissioned art collection and signature restaurant 1 Bleu, only the second Le Cordon Bleu reataurant collaboration in North America. Innovative hotel features include custom showers with floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic with  “toe testers” that allow guests to check the temperature of the water with their toe, before stepping into the shower and in-mirror plasma televisions in every bathroom. These features echo 'Luxury for all of the Senses', the Regent philosophy this management team promises each guest.

Regent Hotels & Resorts has hand-selected extraordinary talents from world-renowned hotel brands such as St. Regis, Four Seasons and Rosewood to deliver A-list service, style and culture for all the senses. Meet the team: 

Guenter H. Richter, CHA: An exceptional General Manager, Richter leverages nearly a lifetime of hospitality management experience garnered at some of the finest hotels in Europe and North America to establish The Regent Bal Harbour as greater Miami’s premier luxury address. Schooled in Hotel Economics at The School of Hotel Management and Administration in Heidelberg, Germany and at Cornell University, Richter brings extensive hospitality expertise earned at 4 and 5-Star properties throughout North America.  In the 1970s, Richter held General Manager and Managing Director posts at Hilton Hotel properties such as The Washington Hilton, Washington DC; The Palmer House, Chicago; and The Waldorf Astoria, New York.  During the 1980s, he was Vice President/Managing Director of the St. Regis Hotel, a Sheraton property in New York, before becoming Vice President of Operations for the newly-formed Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, with posts including The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas and The Bel Air Hotel in Beverly Hills.  A dynamo in numerous hospitality disciplines, Richter later joined Carnival Hotels and Casinos, the Grand Bay Hotel in Miami, and The Drake Hotel, a Swissôtel property in New York. Prior to joining The Regent Bal Harbour, Richter was back at his old haunt as Managing Director of The St. Regis in New York. 

Philippe Parodi, Director of Sales and Marketing: With 15 years experience in luxury hospitality, Parodi brings a great knowledge of the local, domestic and international markets to The Regent Bal Harbour.  Born in Cannes, France, Parodi has the “savoir faire” when it comes to world-class quality and guest service.  Most recently, he was Regional Director of Marketing for Morgans Hotel Group for Miami properties including The Delano and Shore Club.  Previously, he oversaw sales and marketing for the 5-Star Hotel Martinez Cannes and was instrumental in the launch of its 5-Star sister, the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice.  An industry veteran, Parodi was also Director of Sales for one of the Grand Dames in Paris, Hotel de Crillon and for the Lucien Barriere Group in Cannes. 

Gerdy Rodriguez, Executive Chef, 1 Bleu: Born in Cuba and raised in the melting pot of Miami, Chef Rodriguez has mastered a cuisine that combines local ingredients and tastes with his passion for the foods of the Mediterranean.  The honors came early for Rodriguez, who was rated one of South Florida’s top five young chefs by South Florida Gourmet while still in his 20s.   2001, he became chef de partie and then sous chef under Executive Chef Angel Palacios – a protégé of revered Spanish Michelin Three Star chef, Ferrán Adrià, at the Michelin Two Star La Broche in Miami. Soon after, chef/restaurateur Norman Van Aken offered Rodriguez a hand in revamping Norman’s, Coral Gables, as well the openings of Norman’s, LA and Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, all Mobil 4-Stars.  Next, Van Aken handed Rodriguez the opening of Mundo, a Mobil 4-Star in Coral Gables, where he received numerous exceptional reviews.  Rodriguez moved onto The Hamilton, a Mobil 4-Star New York boutique hotel from the Arrso Restaurant Company before taking the helm of Arrso’s Karu & Y in Miami.  Most recently, Rodriguez re-invented Café Sambal at the AAA 5-Diamond/Mobil 4-Star Mandarin Oriental Miami. 

Chauncey Copeland, CAM, Director of Operations: With a wealth of management experience, Copeland brings an insider’s understanding of the region’s luxury condo-hotel market and how best to blend Miami style with The Regent Experience.  Previous management posts include the exclusive Fisher Island Hotel and Resort off the coast of Miami Beach, The Palm Aire Resort and Spa, The Beach House Bal Harbour and a luxury condominium complex on Williams Island. 

Delilah Guerra, Revenue Manager: Guerra has enjoyed a rich career in hospitality revenue and reservations, with recent highlights including being part of the Corporate Task Force Team for Starwood for the opening of St. Regis Ft. Lauderdale.  She launched her career as a Reservations Supervisor with Interstate Hotels in 1994 and went on to work for Williams Island, Loews Miami Beach Hotel and The Sheraton Bal Harbour. 

Kleber Topiol, Chief Concierge: Topiol has been a Chief Concierge in Miami for nine years with experience going back to the pre-opening team of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in 1998 and The Ritz Carlton South Beach in 2003.  He joined the Trump Sonesta Beach Resort in 2004 as Chief Concierge and Guest Services manager.  Most recently, Topiol was Chief Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  He is past President and currently Vice President of the Southern Florida Concierge Association as well as a member of the prestigious Les Clefs D’Or USA. 

For more information or to make reservations at The Regent Bal Harbour, please contact 305-455-5400 or visit: www.regenthotels.com/balharbour

About The Regent Bal Harbour
The first major hotel in Bal Harbour Village in more than a half-century, The Regent Bal Harbour is an Art Moderne gem establishing a new standard of luxury on the Atlantic beachfront just north of Miami. The 18-story property features 124 rooms arrayed with Asian-influenced elegance, including expansive ocean-view terraces, mahogany parquet floors, granite stone, seductive leather details, and stunning bathrooms with free standing bathtubs set before floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort’s Presidential Suite occupies the majority of the 18th floor, with 3.500 square-feet including 702 square-feet of terraces. The signature restaurant, 1 Bleu, serves a contemporary menu of international Mediterranean seafood highlighting produce from South Florida green markets and the freshest local seafood, while the View Bar is a casual spot to imbibe before oceanfront views. The Guerlain Spa is a 10,000 square-foot oasis of calm and luxury with bamboo flooring, a limestone waterfall, and an extensive treatment menu. And along with 750-feet of beach frontage and a selection of water sports, the resort’s expansive pool is a must-do experience, with poolside dining, private cabanas and private Roman hot tubs. The resort is located just a quick walk – or an even quicker ride via luxury car service – from the renowned Bal Harbour Shops, featuring chic boutiques and top designers. The Regent Bal Harbour opens March 3, 2008. For more information or reservations call 800-545-4000 or visit www.RegentHotels.com/BalHarbour. 

About Regent Hotels & Resorts – Regent Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson, a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, travel and marketing industries.  The Regent brand encompasses luxury hotels, resorts, residences and cruises throughout the world, offering discerning travelers The Regent ExperienceSM (www.TheRegentExperience.com) with unique and personalized service.  Regent Hotels & Resorts offers a global portfolio of luxury properties in Beijing; Shanghai; Singapore; Taipei; Berlin; Zagreb, Croatia; Bordeaux, France; and Turks and Caicos.  The company’s expansion plans in North America include The Regent Bal Harbour, Florida and The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf in 2008.  Future global developments include properties in The Republic of Maldives; Bangkok, Thailand; Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Manila Bay, the Philippines; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  For more information, visit www.RegentHotels.com

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Contact:

Sarah Evans
(212) 255-6541
Sarah@hawkpr.com
www.RegentHotels.com/BalHarbour
 

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Also See: Regent International Hotels Signs Agreement to Open Luxury Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida; Scheduled to Open in Late 2006 / July 2004
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