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Gregory C. Stafford Hired to Manage the Hotel Providence
in Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, RI -  April 2, 2008 -- The AAA Four Diamond, award winning Hotel Providence is pleased to announce the hiring of Gregory C. Stafford, a twenty-five year hospitality veteran with a strong leadership and operations background in managing hotels.

Stafford's responsibilities at the 80-room top rated city hotel will include the overall management of departments, streamlining service procedures to ensure the property's luxury standards for guests, as well as directing and overseeing the entire management operation for the property.

Stafford has held top leadership positions with several hotels including the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, DC, the Hilton Suites Hotel in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and was the opening General Manager for Embassy Suites in Chicago, IL, and in Washington, DC. 
Prior to that, Stafford opened the Park Suite Hotel in Orlando, FL and the Pickett Suite Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Most recently, and for a total of ten years, Stafford was the General Manager for the Holiday Inn on the Hill in Washington, DC.  Some of his major contributions included several systematic renovations transforming the hotel into an upscale boutique property, consistently increasing revenue and occupancy.  He changed the concept of the hotel's restaurant and catering facilities, and also repositioned the property to reflect new sales and marketing efforts resulting in two industry awards; the 2003 HSMAI Adrian Awards and the 2004 Web Marketing Association Standards of Excellence Award.

Stafford holds an MBA from the University of Chicago specializing in Marketing and Finance, an MBA from Averett University, and is a Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.  He has also published industry related articles in Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Quarterly and in the Journal of Travel and Tourism. 

"Greg brings to the Hotel Providence over 25 years of professional hotel experience.  We are confident that with his vast knowledge and operations experience, the property will continue to grow into the hotel of choice in all of Providence," said Tom Russo, President of Aquidneck Hospitality. 

The award winning luxury Hotel Providence is located in the center of the Downcity Arts and Entertainment District at 311 Westminster Street in Providence, Rhode Island.  It is within walking distance to the theatre and shopping districts, financial district, world-class educational institutions, convention center and other city attractions.  The Hotel Providence has been awarded several recognitions including top rated hotel in Rhode Island in Zagat's Top U.S Hotels, Resorts and Spas Guide 2007 and 2008.  The boutique hotel has been awarded AAA Four Diamonds since its first year, and features 80 spacious guestrooms, including 16 suites, and 4,250 sq.-ft. of flexible space to accommodate private events. 

For reservations and information, call toll-free (800) 861-8990 or (401) 861-8000; or fax (401) 861-8002 or at www.hotelprovidence.com

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Contact:

Didi Lutz
Phone: 561-628-7422
Email: didi.lutz@gmail.com
 

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Also See: Christine Nevers Named General Manager of the Boutique Hotel Providence, Providence, Rhode Island / June 2006
The Hotel Providence Appoints Pamela Baldwin General Manager, City’s First European-Style Boutique Hotel to Open Late 2004 / September 2004
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