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Juan J. Garcia Appointed as Area Director, Sales and Marketing for
Hiltons of Washington, D.C., Representing the
Capital Hilton and the Washington Hilton

WASHINGTON, D.C. –May 16, 2012
– Juan J. Garcia has been named area director, sales and marketing for Hiltons of Washington, D.C., representing Capital Hilton and Washington Hilton. In his new role, Garcia will oversee a team of managers and directors with dedicated sales experience ranging from business, international and leisure travel to government, association, and corporate meetings and conventions. Garcia will also oversee the marketing efforts for both landmark properties.

“Juan successfully launched our premier convention center hotel in Orlando and brings innovation and leadership to the position,” said Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president, operations east for Hilton Worldwide. “He has been a successful leader, and three-time convention hotel director of sales, as well as a national sales association account executive. We’re excited to have him as a part of our team in the nation’s capital.”

Garcia offers more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, beginning his career in sales in 1982 as part of a training program at the Denver Marriott Southeast in Colorado.  He quickly moved up holding various positions in sales before becoming director of sales in 1986 for Radisson Hotels in Burlington, Vermont, and Austin, Texas. In 1990, he went to work for Omni hotels and held director of sales and marketing positions for hotels in Texas and California before becoming national sales director at the national sales office in Atlanta in 1992, and then director of marketing at CNN Center in 1998.  In 2001, he became director of sales and marketing for Renaissance Westchester Hotel before joining Hilton in 2004 as sales and marketing director for the Hilton Atlanta.  His last post was in Orlando where he opened the 1,400-room Hilton Orlando connected to the city’s convention center.

Garcia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has held various leadership positions in industry organizations, and plans to continue his involvement in his new role in Washington, D.C.

Both Capital Hilton and Washington Hilton have incredible history, having been linked to notable moments in American history, hosting countless noteworthy guests, from U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries to business leaders and celebrities from around the world. Capital Hilton sits two blocks from the White House and recently completed an extensive $30 million revitalization project.  The legendary Washington Hilton, home to the iconic International Ballroom – Washington, DC’s largest hotel ballroom – has served as the backdrop to political conferences, monumental meetings and memorable events – including an official presidential Inaugural Ball every four years since 1969. Just two years ago, the hotel completed a $150 million landmark restoration.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
One of the most recognized names in the industry, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader in hospitality. From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions and gets away from it all. The flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of tomorrow's savvy global travelers while more than 144,000 Team Members shape experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Today, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio includes more than 540 hotels in 78 countries and the brand remains synonymous with "hotel." Access the latest Hilton news at www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com or begin your journey at www.hilton.com. Social media users can engage with Hilton at www.twitter.com/hiltononline, www.facebook.com/hilton and www.youtube.com/hilton. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.
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Contact:

Kristin Adderson
Hiltons of Washington
+1 202 797 5787
Kristin.Adderson@hilton.com

Lisa Cole
Hilton Worldwide
+1 786 866 7239
Lisa.Cole@hilton.com



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