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Hyatt Hotels Honors Two Hyatt Regency Century Plaza,
Los Angeles Executives with Top Honors

Lisa Arias Named 2011 Director of Sales of the Year and
Chef Manfred Lassahn Awarded 2011 Chef of the Year

OS ANGELES, CA (April 2, 2012) – Lisa Arias, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, was awarded the prestigious 2011 Director of Sales of the Year Award for Hyatt’s large convention hotels. Arias achieved 107% of the hotel sales quota, finishing 11 of 103 in the company for overall production. Earning equally notable honors, is The Century Plaza’s Senior Executive Chef, Manfred Lassahn, taking home Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s 2011 Chef of the Year award.

“I take great pride to work with two stellar leaders in their respective fields,” said Scott Allen, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “Their commitment to their teams is a standard by which we should all follow as they inspire them to do better and be better.”

A 23-year veteran of the hotel industry, Lisa Arias began her career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 1995 as Corporate Sales Manager for Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Over the course of the next 17 years, she transitioned to five different Hyatt Hotels and was promoted to Associate Director of Sales and then to Director of Sales and ultimately to Director of Sales and Marketing, the title she currently holds at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Her tenure with Hyatt has afforded her the opportunity to train and mentor team members to advance their own career accounting for 12 employees’ promotions to Director of Sales and an additional 2 employees to World Wide Sales Directors. Lisa is dedicated to providing the best possible service experience to all guests and takes great pride in instilling this culture with her team.

Starting as a sauté cook in Palo Alto, Chef Lassahn has a 28- year career with Hyatt that spans a variety of positions, thus providing his keen understanding of hotel food and beverage, banquet operations and customer service.  His innovations include the development of Vines restaurant at the Hyatt Valencia, renowned for its seasonal menu changes and quarterly wine-pairing dinners.  In addition to opening the Hyatt Valencia property, Lassahn has opened other high profile properties including: Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas; Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa; and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Because of his impeccable track record of success, Lassahn was among those chosen to develop and manage Hyatt hotel’s fine dining standards and banquet servicing for the company. Lassahn’s commitment to driving brand preference via the culinary division is evident - constantly raising the bar, he and his team work hard to create a WOW experience and touch all of the hotel’s guests.

The awards for Hyatt’s Director of Sales and Chef of the Year are granted in three different categories based on hotel size. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is categorized as a large convention hotel with 726 rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The awards were presented early March at the iLead Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Located at 2025 Avenue of Stars in the heart of Los Angeles’ fashionable Westside, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is often frequented by celebrities, politicians and dignitaries. All of the hotel’s 726 guestrooms and suites are designed with modern décor with residential touches. Hotel amenities include: a one of a kind, ground level, VIP Regency Club; a Starbucks Coffee Bar; a state-of-the-art Equinox Fitness Club & Spa; the famous Lobby Court & Lounge; Les Clef d’Or Concierge staff; an infinity edge pool; on-site Hertz rental desk and 24- hour in –room dining service. For reservations and more information, call: 310-228-1234. For reservations at any Hyatt hotel worldwide, call 800-233-1234 or log onto www.hyatt.com
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Contact:

Adrienne De Vore
adrienne.devore@hyatt.com
310-551-3299




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