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Cheryl Martin Named as General Manager for Kimpton's
204-room
FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 2, 2012)
- Kimpton's FireSky Resort & Spa named Cheryl Martin as general manager. After serving four years as assistant general manager for the downtown Scottsdale resort, Martin stepped into the general manager role last month.

Martin brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to the position. She joined the FireSky team in 2005 as the director of banquets and was promoted to assistant general manager two years later. Prior to joining the Kimpton family, Martin held various roles in banquet operations, including director of food and beverage at a handful of Phoenix-area resorts.

"The FireSky staff is over the moon that Cheryl was selected to be the resort's new general manager," said Tori McLaughlin, regional director of sales and marketing, West Coast, for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants . "Cheryl's dedication to our destination and the Kimpton brand made her the ideal choice for this promotion. Her passion for guest service and exceptional hospitality is contagious, and we're excited to see her flourish in this leadership role."

As general manager, Martin will be chief of operations, marketing and creativity for the 204-room downtown Scottsdale resort. She will lead the hotel staff, managing the day-to-day while ensuring an ongoing commitment to locally minded and environmentally-conscious practices, as well as the fun and comfortable boutique guest experience for which Kimpton Hotels are known and loved.

"I began my career in banking and found myself unhappy and the industry unfulfilling," said Martin. "One day I took a leap of faith and dove head first into the hospitality business. Immediately, I found myself at home and very much enjoying the varied schedule, mix of responsibilities and interaction with guests.  It's been a happy and fulfilling experience, and it's truly a privilege to be able to serve as FireSky's general manager."

ABOUT KIMPTON'S FIRESKY RESORT & SPA
A member of the award-winning San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa artfully blends the casual elegance of its downtown Scottsdale location with the stark appeal of its desert setting. The resort's story is one of the elements, conveyed by seamless indoor/outdoor connections, lush landscaping, expansive water features and lounging spaces with hearths and fire pits. This Old Town Scottsdale hotel features 204 guest rooms and suites, each of which boasts a private balcony or patio overlooking the colorful grounds and swimming pools. Amenities include approximately 14,000 square feet of customizable multi-use space across 13 meeting rooms for social gatherings, weddings and business events. Additional highlights include Taggia, the on-site restaurant serving authentic coastal Italian cuisine, and Jurlique Spa, a soothing and organic retreat in which to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. An eco-friendly hotel, FireSky is committed to health and wellness, local partnerships, and sustainable practices such as recycling and food composting. www.fireskyresort.com

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Best Company to Work for in 2012.  The company operates more than 50 hotels and more than 50 restaurants in 23 cities. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

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