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James Dale, Senior Catering Director at the Grand Hyatt New York,
Receives Donald N. Pritzker Award for Excellence

Chicago, IL (March 13, 2012)- Hyatt Hotels Corporation has awarded James Dale, Senior Catering Director at Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan, the coveted Donald N. Pritzker Award for Excellence. Dale is responsible for managing over $40 million in catering revenue and oversees the overall food, beverage and room rental revenue for the Grand Hyatt New York and other Hyatt hotels in the North East. The Donald K. Pritzker Award, a lifetime achievement award, is awarded annually and honors individuals that display leadership qualities that are valued by Hyatt including: creativity, initiative, high-energy, business acumen, and communications skills.

“Jim exudes a special energy and spirit that embodies this award,” said Senior Director of Sales, Jack Horne. “He has an innate manner in which he is able to provide genuine, authentic hospitality to both his customers and hotel guests. Jim is also an exemplary leader in the community and teaches his staff by example, and with great humility,” continued Horne.

Dale has built a very distinguished career within the hospitality industry acquiring his first position at the Grand Hyatt New York as a coffee shop greeter in 1986. After working in other world-class hotels like The Waldorf –Astoria, New York, Dale returned to Hyatt and held the position of Director of Catering for the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Connecticut and later his current position at the Grand Hyatt New York for the past 10 years. Dale received Hyatt’s Director of the Year Award in 2006 and numerous meeting planner, Golden Key Awards. He currently sits on the Board of Les Amis d’Escoffier and the New York Chapter of National Association of Catering Executives (NACE).

About Donald N. Pritzker Award
The Donald N. Pritzker Award was established in 1975 to honor Hyatt’s most outstanding General Managers and Directors in the field operation. Criteria for winning this award include: overall achievement in the financial success of the property, outstanding guest service experience, successful achievement of Maritz and meeting planner scores, creation of a positive work environment as evidenced by employee opinion surveys, overall display of leadership qualities that are valued by Hyatt including: creativity, initiative, high-energy, business acumen, positive owner relations and communications skills. Each year, Hyatt awards this honor to the top professionals in its organization.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Vacation Club®, which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of December 31, 2011, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 483 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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Contact:

Lori Alexander
312-780-5709
lori.alexander@hyatt.com




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