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Destination Hotels & Resorts Appoints Frank Leone as General Manager
of the Newly-Branded MileNorth, a Chicago Hotel

Chicago, IL – May 29, 2012Destination Hotels & Resorts appoints Frank Leone as General Manager of the newly-branded MileNorth™, A Chicago Hotel .  In this role, Leone will be instrumental in the rebranding of the property, building a culture on exceptional, genuine service, as well as the day-to-day operation of the hotel.

Destination Hotels & Resorts puts an emphasis on integrating its hotels into the destinations where they are located and building a strong authentic experience.  The focus at MileNorth is on creating a Chicago-centric brand with warm and inviting service.  The hotel’s central location in the heart of Chicago’s bustling business and steps from The Magnificent Mile, near the city’s numerous cultural and tourist attractions and just three miles from the convention center, makes it an attractive choice for business, convention and leisure travelers. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and in all guestrooms is the icing on the cake.

Leone brings a vast knowledge of the hospitality industry to his new role, combined with years of experience in the Midwest market.  Prior to joining MileNorth, he held several management positions with Starwood Hotels, Sage and, most recently, with Remington Hotels as the general manager of The Silversmith Hotel & Suites in downtown Chicago.

His passion paired with his track record for building a customer-centric culture, makes him a great fit for MileNorth.  He has a deep breadth of experience in hotel openings and transitions, and hotels have consistently ranked high in guest satisfaction under his leadership.  Most recently, he led the team at The Silversmith Hotel & Suites to finish in the top 10 in guest satisfaction out of all Remington Hotels.

“We are fortunate to have Frank Leone leading our team at MileNorth,” says John Spomer, vice president and manager director of Destination Hotels & Resorts.  “His extensive hospitality experience makes him a tremendous asset to the hotel and our company.  We’re excited to see success with our new hotel through his leadership.”

Frank Leone earned a BS from Bryant University in Rhode Island and also attended Arizona State University.  He is an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage in Illinois for the Hospitality & Culinary Arts Program.

About MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel
MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel offers charming Midwestern hospitality with 215 spacious rooms and suites featuring a modern yet home-like décor, 3,000 square feet of unique and versatile meeting space, delectable dining and a rooftop lounge with spectacular city views.  MileNorth is part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts’ collection of exceptional properties that span the nation, highlight the best of every region and every time of year.  In addition to the hotel’s ideal location in the heart of downtown Chicago, guests enjoy an unparalleled commitment to service, the finest attention to detail, contemporary amenities and personal touches.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 16 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Rancho Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.
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Contact: 

Christina Khoury
Quinn & Co.
T: 212.868.1900 x267
F: 212.465.0849
ckhoury@quinnandco.com
www.quinnandco.com

 
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