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Chris Rosa Named General Manager of the Holiday Inn
and Suites Memphis - Wolfchase
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(MEMPHIS, TENN., FEB. 17, 2009) – Wilson Hotel Management Company Inc. (WHMC) announced that Chris Rosa has been named general manager of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis - Wolfchase at 2751 New Brunswick Road next to Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis, Tenn.  

As general manager, Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property, which is expected to open in the second quarter of 2009.  He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, including positions as vice president of Operations for Equity Estates, general manager at the Sheraton Meadowlands, area manager of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, as well as other prominent positions in the hospitality industry dating back to 1986.  Under Rosa’s management, properties have been awarded Quality Excellence and Guest Loyalty Awards from IHG and the President’s Award from Wyndham Hotels for market share excellence.  Rosa has also been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.  

Rosa will be at the helm of a property that will showcase the new Holiday Inn sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program.  First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and drive consistency across the global portfolio.  The program focuses on arrival and welcome, guestroom and guest bath comfort.  The global estate of more than 3,200 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties is expected to be re-launched by the end of 2010.

“We are proud to be opening a Holiday Inn and Suites with the new sign and hallmarks, and Chris Rosa is the right person to lead the charge,” said Jim O’Brien, Executive Vice President for Wilson Hotel Management Company, Inc.  “His extensive operations experience will be critical as we continue the legacy of Holiday Inn in its hometown of Memphis,” he continued.

The Holiday Inn and Suites at Wolfchase is owned by Wolfchase Hotel Associates, LLC and proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management Co., Inc., a division of Kemmons Wilson, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

About Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
With nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world.  In fact, Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges.  The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, KidSuites rooms and, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.”  For more information about Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.

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Contact:

 Jim O’Brien
901-346-8800 ext. 290
jobrien@kwilson.com 

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Also See: Learning Consistency the Kemmons Wilson Way: the Best Surprise is No Surprise / Michael Schubach, MBA, CHTP / February 2008
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