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CHICAGO (August 29, 2013) - Thompson Hotels announced today the appointment of Steve Shern as general manager of the highly-anticipated Thompson Chicago, slated to open fall 2013. Shern, a hospitality industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, will oversee the general operations of the 247-room lifestyle hotel.

Shern joins the Thompson team from Hotel 71 in downtown Chicago, then part of the Capella Hotels & Resorts luxury hotel group, where he served as general manager for the 356-room property since 2006. Throughout his seven year tenure, he was responsible for overall operations, finance, human resources, and sales and marketing geared towards the diverse, metropolitan clientele. His reputation as a great leader in the industry led him to be recognized by Hospitality Management magazine as a "GM to Watch" in 2012. 

Prior to joining Hotel 71, Shern spent 15 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in various management positions across multiple markets, including Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas. He began his career in Seattle where he was quickly promoted through the ranks before taking a nationwide tour with the company. During his tenure, he helped shape and maintain the 343-room Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, which was voted one of the best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. Shern then joined the opening team at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta where he successfully transformed the hotel into the first five-star, five-diamond property in Georgia. Shern completed his final years with Four Seasons as the director of rooms at the five-diamond Four Seasons Las Vegas and then at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.  

Shern is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management. He often speaks to aspiring hospitality students at local universities and currently sits on the Hospitality Board at Northern Illinois University. 

About Thompson Chicago

Slated to open fall 2013, Thompson Chicago will feature 247 guest rooms and interiors by award winning British designer Tara Bernerd. The hotel will boast stunning views of both Lake Michigan and the city and is just steps away from Michigan Avenue, boutiques on Oak Street, and downtown's finest dining and nightlife destinations. Situated off of the hotel's lobby will be Nico, an Italian seafood-driven restaurant by One Off Hospitality with a menu by James Beard "Outstanding Chef" Award-winner, Paul Kahan. The Thompson Chicago will also feature 12,225 square feet of meeting, pre-function and catering space, accommodating up to 200 guests. In addition, the property will offer private dining rooms and a reception area, as well as six, two-level penthouse lofts. For additional information and to make reservations please visit www.thompsonchicago.com.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001 with the launch of its first project, 60 Thompson, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele.  The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes 60 Thompson, Gild Hall, 6 Columbus, Thompson LES and Smyth Tribeca in New York City; the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Thompson Beverly Hills in Los Angeles; Thompson Toronto and Belgraves in London.  Sutton Place in Chicago will re-launch as Thompson Chicago later this year following a multi-million dollar renovation. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including Thompson Cabo San Lucas. In October of Hotels 2011, Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hospitality merged to form Commune Hotels & Resorts, a multi-brand platform comprised of an international collection of lifestyle properties, included the newly launched Tommie brand. For more information please visit www.thompsonhotels.com.

Contact: Jennifer Valdes, H A R R I S O N & S H R I F T M AN

JValdes@hs-pr.com / 305.534.0008

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