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Two Key Appointments Made for the 116-key
Boutique Hyatt 48 Lex in New York

Brian Twomey Named as Assistant General Manager and
Maria Ordóñez-Maloney Named as Sales Manager


January 25, 2012 (New York, NY)
- Hyatt 48 Lex, the new boutique hotel in New York City, has announced two key appointments: Brian Twomey as Assistant General Manager and Maria Ordóñez-Maloney as Sales Manager. The pair recently started at the new hotel, known for its welcoming urban style, emphasis on the neighborhood and convenience for business and leisure guests.

"We welcome these two talented managers as key members of our management team and the experience and hospitality knowledge that they bring with them," said Mark Wagner, General Manager of Hyatt 48 Lex.

Brian Twomey
A Rooms Division management veteran who gained valuable guest relations experience with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Brian Twomey joined Hyatt 48 Lex following one year as Director of Housekeeping at W Times Square, a Starwood property. Previously, Twomey held the same position at Grand Hyatt New York, overseeing 300 associates from 2008-2010. His experience with Hyatt before that included Front Office Manager at Hotel Victor in Miami Beach from 2007-2008 and Assistant Front Office Manager at Grand Hyatt New York from 2005-2007. Twomey launched his career as Housekeeping Supervisor at Grand Hyatt New York in 2005.

A native of New Jersey, Twomey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. When not at Hyatt 48 Lex, he enjoys skiing on the weekends and is a big fan of both the Jets and Giants, with season tickets to both.

Maria Ordóñez-Maloney
With sales skills that developed on two continents, Ordóñez-Maloney joined Hyatt 48 Lex from Hilton New York Fashion District where she held the position of Associate Director of Sales. Previously, she held sales positions in New York City and Baltimore, including Senior Sales Manager at Hotel Indigo Chelsea in New York; Pre-Opening Director of Sales at Hotel Indigo Inner Harbor in Baltimore; and Catering and SMERF Sales Manager at Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade in Baltimore. Ordóñez-Maloney got her start in 2002 as a Front Office Manager at the Red Mangrove Adventure Inn in the Galapagos Islands before moving into sales at Hotel El Dorado in Cuenca, Ecuador the following year.

Born and raised Ecuador, Ordóñez-Maloney received her Associate's Degree in Marketing and International Sales from Cuenca University in Ecuador; a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pacific University in Ecuador; a dual MBA in Hotel Management from European University of Madrid, Spain; and a Hotel Management Degree from Les Roches Hotel Management in Switzerland. She commutes to New York from Bayonne, New Jersey, speaks Spanish fluently, and enjoys traveling, theater and live music during her free time.

About Hyatt 48 Lex
A new brand of Hyatt from Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, it emphasizes warmth, a focus on the local neighborhood and extraordinary service standards to fulfill the needs of modern travelers. Located in Midtown East in Manhattan within walking distance of many iconic New York City destinations, Hyatt 48 Lex has 116 spacious "pied-à-terre"-style guest studios and suites with smart details from kitchenettes with pantries stocked with local snacks (like Jacque Torres and Brooklyn Beer) to beds positioned for floor-to-ceiling views of Lexington Avenue. The Lexicon Lounge stands in for a typical "lobby," with complimentary homemade snacks throughout the day, comfortable furniture for relaxing, a fireplace, evening wine tastings with selections hand-picked by the General Manager, and a library of Assouline coffee table books. The New American bistro, Lexington Brass, offers creative twists on classics and also caters the food for in room dining and meetings. There is a 24-hour access fitness studio, in-room spa treatments and four Boardrooms with iPod connections and Herman Miller Chairs. www.hyatt48lex.com
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Contact:

Julie Shamrock Rollend
Hawkins International
(212) 255-6541
Julie@hawkpr.com



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