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Derek Damon Named as Food & Beverage Director at the 156-room
Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


VANCOUVER, BC (June 13, 2012)
– Rosewood Hotel Georgia is delighted to welcome Derek Damon to the role of Food & Beverage Director at Vancouver’s leading luxury hotel. Responsible for operations at both Reflections restaurant & lounge and 1927 lobby lounge, as well as banquets, weddings and room services, Derek will also be integral to the opening of Prohibition, slated for the end of the year.

Originally from Connecticut, Derek fell in love with Vancouver following frequent weekend trips while working in Seattle. An avid skier and golfer, the stars aligned when he was approached by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts with the offer to relocate from Dallas’ Rosewood Crescent Hotel to the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

In his role as Food & Beverage Director at Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Derek garnered a deep understanding for Rosewood Hotel & Resorts guiding principal, A Sense of Place®, a concept which shines at Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s dining venues Reflections restaurant & lounge on the hotel’s fourth floor rooftop and 1927 lobby lounge.

“I am excited to have the opportunity both to live in the beautiful city of Vancouver and to lead food and beverage operations at the city’s most acclaimed hotel,” said Derek Damon of his new role. “The city is thriving with an incredible cocktail culture, reminiscent of San Francisco or New York, and we plan to offer three establishments which not only lead with an exceptional customer experience, but also offer both perfectly executed traditional cocktails alongside our own creations, handcrafted by our talented bar team.”

“We are thrilled to have Derek Damon join our Rosewood Hotel Georgia family as Food & Beverage Director,” announces Steve Halliday, Managing Director of Rosewood Hotel Georgia. “Derek brings a wealth of knowledge to the table from both his previous role at Rosewood Crescent Hotel and as past owner of the acclaimed Johnny Rocket franchise in Arizona. His dedication and commitment to exemplary levels of customer service and experience are already shining through.”

About Rosewood Hotel Georgia:

Since opening in summer 2011, following a four-year full restoration, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been recognized as one of North America’s leading hotels. Over the past 85 years, this property has represented Vancouver's most stylish and elegant retreat at the beating heart of the city. The legendary property is located just steps away from long stretches of sea wall, the downtown shopping and business districts and Canada’s greenest convention centre.

Recently featured in coveted Conde Nast Traveler The Hot List 2012 and Travel + Leisure The IT List, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is located in the heart of Vancouver, a destination with a shining reputation as a world-class city, flanked by magnificent snow-kissed mountains and the Pacific Ocean continues to shine.

The 156-room hotel is home to Hawksworth Restaurant, led by Chef David Hawksworth - one of Canada’s foremost masters of cuisine and winner of Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Chef & Restaurant of the Year; Sense A Rosewood Spa® offering a menu of West-Coast treatments; thoughtfully designed meetings facilities; a heritage ballroom and spacious lounges, which act as a tranquil and enticing haven in this radiant downtown hub; and Reflections, an alfresco urban oasis restaurant & lounge, on the fourth floor rooftop of the historic hotel. www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages one-of-a-kind luxury properties in the world’s most desired destinations. Rosewood properties embrace the company’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of the destination. With 18 properties in eight countries, the Rosewood collection includes some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, as well as contemporary classics such as Rosewood Sand Hill® in California, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende® in Mexico, and, now, Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Rosewood also offers Sense® spa – featuring treatments reflective of the location’s culture and natural environment - available exclusively at select properties.
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Contact:

Annabel Hawksworth / Marisa Cuglietta
Hawksworth Communications
604.609.6678
annabel@hawksworth.ca / marisa@hawksworth.ca


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