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Western Southern Financial Group and Eagle Realty Prepare to Open the
Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown; Winegardner & Hammons to Manage

David Meisner Opening General Manager


CINCINNATI – December 9, 2010 – Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. (WHI), an industry-leading hotel management company headquartered in Blue Ash, Ohio, has announced that the pre-opening sales office for the first Marriott-branded hotel in the downtown Cincinnati central business district is open for business. Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown’s sales office is fielding inquiries and working with organizations on extended stay and group contract business.
 
David Meisner, will serve as general manager, where he will oversee the hotel’s daily operations and sales efforts. Meisner is a 12 –year industry veteran, most recently as the assistant general manager at the Cincinnati Marriott North. Vicky Hild, has more than 20 years in the hospitality industry and joins the hotel form Marriott International where she was an area sales leader. Hild has been named sales account manager for the Cincinnati hotel and will be responsible for group sales, extended stays, preferred accounts, and community relations. 
 
 “We’re receiving a lot of interest from the business community.” Meisner stated. “The opening of a Marriott hotel in downtown Cincinnati is much anticipated. Located at 506 East 4th Street, the Residence Inn is in walking distance to many Fortune 500 companies, cultural venues and many other attractions.”
 
Owned by Western Southern Financial Group and Eagle Realty and managed by WHI, the hotel is slated to open April, 2011.and is a conversion of the historic Phelps building which dates back to 1926. The building has long-standing ties in the community and is surrounded by historic points of interest including the Taft Museum, which was once the homestead of Charles Phelps Taft, the half brother of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States. The all-suite, extended stay hotel’s 134 one- and two-bedroom suites will offer some of downtown’s largest guest rooms, most with expansive views. Each suite will feature separate living and work spaces, a fully-equipped kitchen, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a work desk with ergonomic seating and flat panel high-definition TVs. Bar 506 will offer an urban contemporary design with hand crafted cocktails, premium wines, small plates and seasonal veranda seating overlooking Lytle Park or around the fire pit in the courtyard, a unique downtown experience. 
 
“Downtown’s Residence Inn finds a balance between the history and old-world splendor of a building in the city of Cincinnati and the modern styling of a first-class hotel,” Meisner added. “The downtown Cincinnati extended stay hotel is ideal for guests, and a one-of-a-kind addition to the city.”
 
Guest amenities will include complimentary hot breakfast; evening receptions; a fitness center; and The Market, which provides guests 24/7 access to a food and beverage pantry.
 
The pre-opening sales office is located in downtown Cincinnati at 550 East Fourth Street and can be reached at 513-651-1234. Visit www.ResidenceInnCincinnatiDowntown.com for additional details. Call 513-794-2459 to access the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown job line.
 
About Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. has more than 50 years as a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful hospitality management. The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the United States. WHI currently manages over 25 hotels in the United States and is affiliated with most major hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton and Intercontinental Hotel brands. WHI has been a recipient of Marriott International’s Partnership Circle Award for 13 consecutive years. For more information on WHI, please visit our web site at www.whihotels.com
 
About Eagle Realty Group
Eagle Realty Group offers a comprehensive range of services covering three core real estate areas. Investment Management offers asset management and investment advisory services. The company’s expertise in real estate development and management are documented by an array of successful ventures ranging from hotels to shopping centers to low-income housing to senior housing and office buildings. In addition, Eagle Realty Group’s Multi-Family Property Management Division serves apartment communities and Eagle’s Commercial Property Management Division provides property management services. The organization oversees investment portfolios consisting of over 32 million square feet of all types of real estate located across the United States and valued in excess of $2.7 billion. www.eaglerealtygroup.com
 
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Western & Southern Financial Group is a Cincinnati-based diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned, managed and under our care in excess of $43 billion as of Sept. 30, 2009. A Fortune 500 company, Western & Southern has received Standard & Poor’s AA+ Very Strong rating (one of the nine strongest life insurance groups in the world), A.M. Best’s A+ Superior rating, Fitch’s AA Very Strong rating and Moody’s Aa3 Excellent rating, all with a Stable outlook. Its heritage dates back to 1888 with the founding of The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. www.westernsouthern.com
 
About Marriott International Inc.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,300 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end.  It is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visit www.marriott.com/investor.
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Contact:

David Meisner, General Manager
(513)-651-1234
david.meisner@marriott.com

Cindy Swift, National Director Business Development
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
 513-794-2419
cindy.swift@whihotels.com
http://www.whihotels.com
 

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Also See: Winegardner & Hammons Opens the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel, Indiana / May 2008

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Breaks Ground on the 263 room Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel / June 2007

REI and White Lodging Partnership Building a $325 million Cluster of Four Marriott Branded Hotels Adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center; a JW Marriott hotel with 1,000 rooms, a Courtyard by Marriott with 250 rooms a Fairfield Inn & Suites, 168 rooms and a SpringHill Suites with 150 rooms / May 2007
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