News for the Hospitality Executive
MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Jan. 10, 2011-- White Lodging is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Howell as the Director of Sales at the Hilton Garden Inn property located in north Austin.
While new to the White Lodging family, Howell has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience. Most recently, Howell was the Director of Sales at a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Austin. Commenting on her experience, Regional Vice President Kevin Grandin said, "With Kathleen's extensive hospitality background and her understanding of the Austin market, she is a tremendous addition to the White Lodging team."
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Howell's first foray into the hospitality industry was in 1994 when she served as a Sales Manager for a country club and resort in Genoa, Wisconsin. Howell followed this by a move to Austin in 1997, when she accepted a position as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hawthorne Suites. During the course of her career, Howell has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Austin Business Travelers Association.
"I am so excited to be working with the Hilton Garden Inn Austin North," said Howell. "I walked into a dream situation with a fabulous General Manager, a beautiful property and a very supportive and effective management company."
A newer property located just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, Howell says she hopes to expand on the reputation for excellent customer service the Hilton Garden Inn has developed, and she wants to provide guests with a "wow" experience.
White Lodging Services Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development, and operations company -- a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid- to large-scale hotels across the country. Their current portfolio consists of over 153 hotels in eighteen states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, and Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com or call 219-472-2900.
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