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Waterford Hotel Group Names Michael Costelli of the Connecticut Convention Center
General Manager of the Year

Hartford, CT (March 30, 2011) --- Michael Costelli from the Connecticut Convention Center was named “General Manager of the Year” during the Waterford Hotel Group Annual Awards Dinner and Leadership Conference held recently at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. The Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford overlooks the beautiful Connecticut River at Adriaen’s Landing, the City’s exciting new riverfront district. The Connecticut Convention Center is owned by the State of Connecticut; their operation is overseen by the Capital City Economic Development Authority, and is professionally managed by Waterford Venue Services, an affiliate of Waterford Hotel Group, a leader in the hospitality and gaming industries.

General managers and directors of sales from Waterford’s portfolio attended the 2-day conference to review their 2010 performance as well as share ideas and set goals for 2011. The conference ended on a celebratory note with an awards ceremony honoring the company’s top performing teams in 2010. Costelli was recognized as General Manager of the Year for being the ultimate champion of guest service.

(L-R) Waterford Hotel Group President & COO Rob Winchester, Connecticut Convention Center
General Manager Michael Costelli, and Waterford Group Chairman and CEO Len Wolman

“Mike’s energy is legendary, and his team is just as committed and hard-working,” commented Rob Winchester, President of Waterford Hotel Group. “Whether it’s an intimate eight-course dinner for a small group of people or a high profile event for 5000, under his leadership the Convention Center team always creates a memorable experience for their clients.”

Costelli joined the Connecticut Convention Center as General Manager in 2005. Under his leadership, the Connecticut Convention Center associates have been honored by Waterford for multiple leadership awards throughout the years, including top honor as “Team of the Year” and awards for food & beverage, housekeeping and engineering.

About the Connecticut Convention Center
The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford is the state’s premier meeting venue and the largest full-service convention facility between New York and Boston. Overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River, it features 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as ample sheltered parking. The facility is served by more than 6,500 local area hotel rooms, including the 22-story Marriott Hartford Downtown, adjacent to the Convention Center. The venue is professionally managed for the State of Connecticut by Waterford Venue Services, an affiliate of Waterford Hotel Group. For more information, please visit

About Waterford Venue Services
Waterford Venue Services is a subsidiary of Waterford Hotel Group, Inc., with headquarters in Waterford, CT.  Waterford Hotel Group currently manages 27 properties in nine states, including the 540,000 square foot Connecticut Convention Center. Waterford Hotel Group has experience operating virtually every type of hotel property, including limited services properties, all-suite hotels, conference centers, and large full service and resort properties. The company's approach to hotel development and operations is hands-on, and features frequent site visits and constant communication with customers and partners. Additionally, Waterford Hotel Group offers centralized accounting, financial reporting, strategic marketing, human resources, and day-to-day operations management systems to increase market share and profitability at all properties. For more information, please visit the company's website at

Lisa Beers
Vice President, Public Relations
Waterford Hotel Group, Inc.
Ph. (860)442-4559

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