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Leslie Pchola Appointed General Manager of the 800 room Hilton Austin Hotel

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA (February 4, 2009) – Leslie Pchola has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Austin Hotel.  An industry veteran with over 20 years of hospitality experience in both managerial and operational capacities, Ms. Pchola will have oversight of the day-to-day operations of the 800 room property located adjacent to the Austin Convention Center and within walking distance to the famous Sixth Street and Warehouse Entertainment Districts. 

In her former role as Hotel Manager at the Hilton Chicago, Pchola was instrumental in changing the operation structure of the property which led to significant GOP growth.  She began her career in 1988 at the Hilton International Toronto where she was recruited as a Night Manager as part of Hilton’s Professional Development Program.  She went on to hold positions in Hilton Corporate offices first in Atlanta as an Operations Analyst for the Eastern Region in 1994, and then in Beverly Hills as Manager of Operations Analyst for the Corporate Finance Department in 1997.  Pchola was the Resident Manager at the Hilton Atlanta in 1998 before becoming the General Manager of the Hilton Cleveland East in 2005 where she worked with the new ownership group to ensure a smooth transition from a managed property to a franchised hotel.

“We are delighted to name Leslie as the General Manager of one of Hilton’s premier convention hotels,” said Ted Ratcliff, Senior Vice President, Hilton Hotels Corporation.  “The Hilton Austin’s prime downtown location and versatile meeting space is a big draw for both leisure and groups business. I’m confidant that Leslie’s 20 years of hospitality and management experience will bring continued success to the property,” added Ratcliff.   

About Hilton Austin Hotel
The Hilton Austin, located at 500 E. 4th St, and adjacent to the Austin Convention Center and within walking distance to the famous Sixth Street and Warehouse Entertainment Districts, is the largest hotel in the city featuring 800 room and over 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space.  In addition to its versatility for groups and convenience to all that is Austin, the hotel also touts outstanding dining experiences that are available to guests including Finn & Porter™, an upscale steak, seafood and sushi restaurant, (www.finnandporter.com/austin); Liberty Tavern™, a classic American grill; Java Jive On Fifth, a premium coffee outlet. The hotel also offer’s guests The Tower Health Club & Spa, a full-service health club featuring a variety of spa services. To find out more about the Hilton Austin, please visit our website at www.austin.hilton.com.
 
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®. 

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Contact:

David Trumble  
Director of Communications, Western Region    
602-870-2721  
David.Trumble@hilton.com 
 

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Also See: Dieter Huckestein, President of Hilton Hotel Operations, Joins Austin City Officials to Open the 800 room Hilton Austin / January 2004
Developer FaulknerUSA Tops Off the 800 room Hilton Austin; Will Elevate Austin to a Higher Playing Field in the Convention Market / Jan 2003
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