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  The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, Appoints Dan Egan as Director of Sales,
Bill Hedgepeth as Director of Catering & Convention Services &
Joan Pata and Ryan Litsey as Senior Convention Sales Managers

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 25, 2010The Westin St. Francis proudly announces the appointment of four new executive sales staff: Dan Egan as Director of Sales; Bill Hedgepeth as Director of Catering & Convention Services; and Joan Pata and Ryan Litsey as Senior Convention Sales Managers.
 
Egan is responsible for implementing a successful sales strategy to exceed revenue goals. Hedgepeth oversees and provides leadership for the local catering sales effort and the convention service team. Both Pata and Litsey are responsible for increasing hotel revenue by soliciting group business. Pata is in charge of the Midwest market while Litsey’s territory includes the Western United States.
“We are delighted to welcome Dan Egan, Bill Hedgepeth, Joan Pata and Ryan Litsey to our executive sales team,” says The Westin St. Francis Director of Sales & Marketing, Meryl Kirschenberg. “They are terrific additions and bring a wealth of professional expertise and knowledge of the hospitality industry.”
 
Egan brings more than 15 years of hotel sales experience to The Westin St. Francis. He began his career at Hyatt Hotels, and several years later joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the Director of Group Sales at The Westin Michigan Avenue, followed by a position as Director of Sales at the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove. After more than four years at Chicago Marriott O’Hare, he rejoined Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Westin Chicago North Shore. Egan graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Paralegal.
 
Hedgepeth brings a wealth of more than twenty years of hospitality experience to his new position as Director of Catering & Convention Services. Over the course of his career, he has worked at Omni Hotels & Resorts, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, HEI Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, Hedgepeth was the Director of Catering & Convention Services at The Sheraton Premiere at Tyson Corner in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from Old Dominion University

Pata began her career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2001 as an intern at the W Chicago City Center. After one year at the Hyatt on Printers Row Chicago as a sales manager, she rejoined Starwood at The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago as Group Sales Manager. In 2006, Pata transferred to The Westin Copley Place Boston as a Senior Sales Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management with a minor in Spanish from Purdue University
 
With more than ten years of professional hotel experience, Litsey began his career as Front Office Manager at Wittenberg Inn & Suites, followed by sales positions at Oxford Suites Hotel in Portland, Ore., Doubletree Hotel Sacramento and Marriott Village Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif. He joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2007 as a sales manager at The Westin San Francisco Airport. Litsey holds an Associate's Degree from Chemeketa Community College in Oregon.
                
About The Westin St. Francis
Opened more than a century ago on March 21, 1904, The Westin St. Francis still today maintains its preeminence as San Francisco's center of social, theatrical and business life. Renowned for luxury accommodations and excellent service, The Westin St. Francis continues to preserve its rich history and elegance while enhancing the guest experience with fresh, innovative concepts. The only hotel located on San Francisco’s famous Union Square, The Westin St. Francis is just steps from The City’s best shopping, dining, theatres and art galleries. For reservations and more information, call (415) 397-7000, toll free (800) 917-7458 or visit www.westinstfrancis.com.
 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 930 properties in approximately 97 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched AloftSM, and ElementSM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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Contact:

Gena Egelston
Marketing & Communications Manager
The Westin St. Francis
(415) 774-0118
gena.egelston@westin.com

Kelly Chamberlin
Chamberlin Public Relations
(415) 336-4332
Kelly@chamberlinpr.com
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Also See: The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, Completes $40 million Restoration, its Largest Transformation In More Than a Century / June 2009

Meryl Kirschenberg Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing for The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco and Area Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Northern California / April 2009

The 1,195 room Westin St. Francis San Francisco Being Acquired by Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. for $440.0 million / April 2006

BRE / St. Francis L.L.C Acquires The 1,192 Room Westin St. Francis for $243 Million / Westin to Continue Management of the Historic Property / Jan 2000
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