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John Braun Named as the Director of Food & Beverage at the
738-key Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona



PHOENIX, Az. – April 15, 2011 – The Arizona Biltmore has named veteran hospitality food and beverage executive John E. Braun, who has 24 years of hotel experience, the historic resort’s director of food and beverage.

Braun comes to the Arizona Biltmore from the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was executive assistant manager/director of food & beverage for seven years. Previously, he held the same position for three years at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston.  During the 1990s in New York, he served as the director of food & beverage operations at the Novotel, Park Central Hotel and Sheraton New York.

“With John’s decades of experience at major hotels, he is the ideal leader to oversee the extensive and multi-faceted food and beverage operations at the Arizona Biltmore,” said General Manager Andrew Stegen.   In his new position, Braun’s scope of responsibility includes overseeing six different restaurants and lounges, 24-hour room service for 740 guest accommodations, and business and social catering.

The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since opening in 1929, when it was crowned the “Jewel of the Desert.”  The legendary Grand Dame remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous.  Nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the legendary resort offers: 738 guest accommodations; full-service Spa, Salon and Fitness Center; two 18-hole golf courses; six restaurants and lounges including Frank & Albert's serving Arizona comfort food; and eight swimming pools including the Paradise Pool for the ultimate in poolside fun.  The Arizona Biltmore is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel®.  www.arizonabiltmore.com

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com . Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
                                      
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Contact:

Marian Gerlich / Ed Placidi
P&G Communications
818 786 8687
pgworld@aol.com
 
Becky Blaine
PR & Marketing Manager
602 954 2550
beckyb@arizonabiltmore.com

 
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