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Greg Gooding Named General Manager of International Plaza Resort & Spa, Orlando, Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. (September 3, 2009) – Greg Gooding has recently joined International Plaza Resort & Spa as general manager, heading the multimillion-dollar transformation of the 28-acre hotel in heart of Orlando’s entertainment and convention corridor.

Gooding brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to his new position, having previously served as general manager of South Seas Island Resort, a 330-acre luxury resort in Captiva Island, Fla.  While there, he led a team of more than 500 employees through the property’s 18-month, multimillion-dollar revitalization and repositioning following extensive damage caused by Hurricane Charley.  Under his leadership, South Seas Island Resort debuted to numerous accolades. It was named one of the country’s Top Three family resorts by Parents magazine, 2008.

Prior to this position, Gooding spent nearly a decade with Wyndham Worldwide, where he managed leading luxury properties in North America and the Caribbean. Gooding spearheaded training programs that increased profitability, while improving amenities and service to garner multiple AAA-Four Diamond Awards and other honors.

As general manager of International Plaza Resort & Spa, Gooding will draw upon his vision and expertise in hospitality operations, marketing and re-branding to position the expansive and strategically located hotel as a premier destination resort.

The current president of the Westwood Property Owners Association in Central Florida, Gooding has a long history of community leadership. He previously served as a professor at George Brown College of Hospitality in Toronto, where he taught supervisory and motivational skills to entry-level management students.

Gooding holds a degree in hotel & restaurant management from Sheridan College, Ontario.  He has also been awarded advanced accreditation certificates in Hospitality Management Techniques from Humber College (Rexdale, Ontario).


About International Plaza Resort & Spa
The International Plaza Resort & Spa is a 1,094-room hotel located on International Drive in the heart of Orlando’s Convention Center corridor and entertainment district.  Amenities include an onsite day spa, three swimming pools, a miniature golf course and game room.  The resort boasts more than 60,000 square feet of event space, meeting rooms, ballrooms and flexible banquet spaces. For more information call toll-free 1-800-824-0026 or visit http://www.intlplazaresort.com.

About UrbanAmerica
UrbanAmerica is a national real estate private equity firm with $500 million under management via two fund vehicles—UrbanAmerica LP and UrbanAmerica LP II and a $5 billion pipeline of for-sale residential, retail and office opportunities. A minority-controlled registered investment advisor founded in 1998, the company established an urban investment niche targeting properties in healthcare, government and academic spheres, along with mixed-use residential condominiums, retail markets and now hospitality. Currently UrbanAmerica owns and operates a portfolio of properties representing 3.4 million square feet, including a large portfolio in the metro D.C. market. More information about UrbanAmerica can be found at http://www.urbanamerica.com.

 
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Christie Gregovich or Sharlet Brennan
Ypartnership Public Relations, 407-875-1111 christie.gregovich@ypartnership.com
sharlet.brennan@ypartnership.com

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