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Set for Q1 2014 Opening, Also Names Judy Esterbrook as Director Of Sales & Marketing

DENVER - November 1, 2013 - Today, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center is proud to announce the selection of Michael J. Damion as general manager, and Judy Esterbrook as director of sales and marketing. The pair will lead pre-opening and opening efforts of the highly anticipated hotel.

Located in downtown Denver's beloved Colorado National Bank building, Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center provides guests with a modern experience in one of Colorado's most historic buildings, originally construed in the early 1900s. The hotel will feature 230 guestrooms, nine of which are suites; 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; a fitness center; and Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West.

"Michael and Judy each boast years of experience in the hospitality industry, and are seasoned experts when it comes to successfully opening and managing full-service hotels and acclaimed restaurants," said Navin Dimond, CEO and president of Stonebridge Companies, owner of Renaissance Denver Downtown. "We are thrilled to bring them aboard for this exciting project."

A 25-year hospitality veteran, Damion will oversee all operations, business development and guest relations at Renaissance Denver Downtown. Most recently, Damion was general manager of the boutique Hotel Latham in the popular Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. Here, Damion managed the 133-room hotel, as well as the Five-Star Citronelle Restaurant, located within the property. Prior to that, Damion had a decade-long tenure with Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, managing various luxury boutique properties throughout the country.

Of note, Damion was general manager and led the restoration of the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, located within a historic, early 20th century building, and the subsequent reintroduction of the new property to the city - a role that very much parallels that of his new position at the Renaissance Denver Downtown. Over the course of his career, Damion has successfully led numerous hotel openings, achieved top quality and service rankings and maintained and increased profitability. Damion began his career with Marriott and is pleased to make a return to the Marriott brand as general manager of the Renaissance Denver Downtown.

Also a seasoned industry expert, Esterbrook has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful sales and marketing initiatives. As the director of sales and marketing for the Renaissance Denver Downtown at the Colorado National Bank, Esterbrook will lead the Renaissance team in implementing revenue-generating practices that exceed competitive sales objectives, as she has for numerous hotel properties throughout the Denver area. Prior to joining Renaissance, Esterbrook served as director of sales and marketing for Embassy Suites Denver Downtown, and was named 2012's Embassy Suites Director of Sales of the Year for her contribution to the hotel's successful launch. Throughout her career, Esterbrook has worked amongst the leadership teams of renowned brands such as Marriott, Vail Resorts and Hilton. During her tenure with the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, Esterbrook was recognized as 2009's Director of Sales of the Year.

About the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

Opening early 2014 in downtown Denver's famous Colorado National Bank building, The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center provides guests with a modern experience in one of Colorado's most historic buildings. The hotel features 221 guestrooms and nine suites; 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; a fitness center; and Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West. Imbued with a series of 16 murals from the iconic western muralist Allen Tupper True, the property showcases historic elements from the building's original construction in the early 20th century, juxtaposed with the accommodations, amenities and comforts of a modern luxury hotel. The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center is ideally situated in Denver's financial district, a half block from the 16th Street pedestrian Mall, three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and within walking distance to popular sporting venues such as Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, as well as to local retail and restaurants on Larimer Square and at Union Station. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/dendr, or call (303) 867-8100.

About Stonebridge Companies

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel management company headquartered near Denver. Currently, Stonebridge Companies operates more than 45 hotels comprising more than 7,000 guest rooms nationwide. The diverse portfolio includes select-service, extended stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in primary and secondary markets. For detailed information, visit www.StonebridgeCompanies.com

About Renaissance

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world. Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination. At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities. Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.  At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working, you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels.

Contact: B Public Relations - BrieAnn Fast or Jordan Blakesley

brieann@bpublicrelations.net or jordan@bpublicrelations.net / (303) 658-0605

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