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John Yeadon Named Director of Sales and Marketing of the
533-room Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 24, 2012) — John Yeadon was named the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, announced General Manager, Randy Thompson.  As Director of Sales and Marketing, Yeadon will directly oversee the sales operation of the hotel and manage the sales and marketing budget, forecasts, advertising, marketing and business plans. He will also work closely with the Rooms, Food and Beverage and other revenue-generating departments to maximize sales at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, which is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation.

“We are very excited to welcome John to our team. His extensive experience at Hyatt properties and strong leadership skills will be an incredible asset,” said Thompson.

Previous to his new position at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Yeadon served as a Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis and at Hyatt Regency Denver. He also worked as the Associate Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Denver and at Grand Hyatt Denver. A native of Indianapolis, Yeadon is a graduate of Indiana University.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, one of the largest properties in the Twin Cities, recently announced a $25 million renovation of the hotel's guestrooms, suites, public areas, and restaurants.  The renovation begins this month with expected completion in late Spring 2012.

About Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, is a convention center hotel located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.  The property features 533 rooms, 74,000 square feet of flexible function space, a full service business center, WIFI Internet access, an indoor heated pool and a new health club.  The hotel’s prime location on Nicollet Mall allows guests to easily explore an incredible array of Twin Cities’ attractions from shopping to sports and anything in between.  To book, call 800.233.1234 or visit www.minneapolis.hyatt.com .

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Contact:

Noreen Heron Zautcke/Kate Hughes
Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc.
773.969.5200
khughes@heronpr.com




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