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HEI Hotels Appoints Joyce Lyle-Freeman General Manager
of the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Hotel-Riverwalk


SAN ANTONIO, Tex., September 18, 2008 – HEI Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced the appointment of Joyce Lyle-Freeman as the new general manager of the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Hotel-Riverwalk, a 410-room, AAA 4-Diamond hotel.

“Joyce brings the Crowne Plaza San Antonio-Riverwalk an extensive resume and track record of success,” said Tim Digby, senior vice president of operations for HEI Hotels & Resorts.  “HEI is proud to attract talent of her caliber, and we expect great things under her strong leadership.  We are confident her strong work ethic will continue to push her to greater success in San Antonio as part of the HEI team.”

Lyle-Freeman has worked in executive hotel and restaurant management positions throughout her career.  Most recently, she was general manager of The Sanderling Resort & Spa on North Carolina’s Outer Banks where she was able to increase occupancy 25% in 2007.  Prior to that, she was general manager of the Radisson High Point City Center in High Point, North Carolina.  In her career she has overseen extensive renovation projections and led teams that have won Sales Team of the Year.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead a tremendous team at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio-Riverwalk,” Lyle-Freeman said.  “HEI is a fast-moving organization, known for the development of our associates and growth of the hotel portfolio.  This is recipe for success unparalleled in the hospitality industry.”

About Crowne Plaza San Antonio Hotel-Riverwalk
The Crowne Plaza San Antonio Hotel-Riverwalk is an AAA 4-Diamond hotel with 410 rooms and features 37,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.  Located at 111 Pecan Street East, in downtown San Antonio, the hotel is near the San Antonio Convention Center and is within walking distance of the Alamo.  More information about the hotel is available at www.crowneplaza.com/sariverwalk. 

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 410-Room Crowne Plaza San Antonio Downtown; Former Adam's Mark Recently Upgraded / July 2006
Joyce Lyle-Freeman Named General Manager of the Sanderling Resort & Spa, in Duck, North Carolina / November 2006
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