News for the Hospitality Executive
John Q. Hammons Appoints Executive Team for the 230-room
Marriott Bloomington – Normal Hotel & Conference Center
Jeff Pritts Named General Manager
NORMAL, Ill. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- August 4, 2009 - The Town of Normal, Ill., is counting down to the much-anticipated debut of John Q. Hammons’ nine-story, 230-room/suite Marriott Bloomington – Normal Hotel & Conference Center (www.marriottnormal.com) scheduled to open in early fall 2009 as a part of Normal’s Uptown Renewal Plan. John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts today announced the executive management team overseeing the opening of the luxury facilities and named General Manager Jeff Pritts, a long-time veteran with the company, as team leader. Located at 201 Broadway Avenue, the contemporary-designed hotel and adjoining 23,000 net square feet of meeting space are anticipated to create nearly 150 jobs. The facilities will be managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com). Sporting a whimsical, jewel-toned décor, the full-service hotel will be owned by Mr. Hammons, considered a living hotel legend.
The new Marriott Hotel and adjoining conference center represent one of the first major capital improvement plans the Town of Normal has taken in nearly 20 years. The facilities will connect to a 500-space parking deck via a climate-controlled skywalk across Beaufort Street. The high quality facilities complement John Q. Hammons’ other luxury property in Illinois, the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel & Conference Center, recently recognized as the number one Embassy Suites in the world.
Expected to drive pre-opening sales from among associations, corporations, universities and community influencers, the Marriott Bloomington – Normal Hotel & Conference Center executive team members include:
• Jeff Pritts, general manager: Pritts is a 19-year hospitality industry veteran, most recently serving in management at John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ AAA Four Diamond Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Arizona. His experience also spans Corporate Marriott and Davidson Hotel Company. With a degree in hotel administration from Missouri State University, Pritts actively contributes to community and industry leadership, including past positions as vice president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Beverage Association; prior board of directors with Angels’ Arms Foster Care (www.angelsarms.org) in St. Louis; as a past board member and treasurer of the Health and Environment Board for the city of Webster Groves, Mo.; and as a prior member of the Food Bank of San Antonio, Texas.
“Our conference center facilities will feature flexible meeting space, the latest audio visual services, and professional catering perfect for a wide range of events for up to 2,000 attendees,” said Heather VanVoorhis, director of sales & marketing, Marriott Bloomington – Normal Hotel & Conference Center. “We’re already experiencing a tremendous response from organizations looking to book events over the next year, and we’re guiding numerous hard hat tours of the impressive facilities.”
A sampling of pre-opening booking activity from groups includes: American Institute of Architects – Illinois Council; Bloomington – Normal Economic Development Council; Girl Scouts of Central Illinois; Illinois Chapter of NECA; Illinois State University; and Illinois Wesleyan University.
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|Also See:||New $56 million Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Previewed by Normal City, Illinois Council Members / July 2009|
|Normal, Illinois a Perfect Fit for a John Q Hammons $50 million Hotel / February 2007|