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Auburn University Appoints Horst Schulze's West Paces
Hotel Group to Manage the Auburn University Hotel
and Dixon Conference Center

ATLANTA - April 16, 2003 -- Auburn University has reached an agreement with The West Paces Hotel Group, L.L.C. to manage the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.
"We see a unique opportunity to transfer the knowledge we have gained over the past twenty years in service, operational processes and understanding of the needs of the meeting planner to the conference center business," said Horst Schulze, President and Chief Executive Officer for The West Paces Hotel Group. He added, "The Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center marks our entry of a planned expansion into the meeting and conference market"

Mr. Schulze is a co-founder and former president of the internationally renowned Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Under 

Auburn University Hotel
241 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama
Schulze's leadership, Ritz-Carlton achieved a world-class reputation for service and won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for service in 1992 and 1999.

The West Paces Hotel Group is based in Atlanta and was founded in 2002 when several former senior Ritz-Carlton corporate staff members joined Mr. Schulze.
John Russell, former General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, has been appointed as Vice President and General Manager for the 247-room hotel and 22,000 square-foot conference center in Auburn.
"I am excited to be part of a new organization which believes success is engaging the staff and involving them in the work processes. We will strive to be the very best for the customer, owner, employee and community," said Russell.
The Auburn Hotel is located on the campus of the University and offers a full complement of amenities including conference space, restaurant and lounge, room service and pool with workout area.
"There are a large number of conference center hotels in the U.S. and we believe there is great opportunity for a management company that is committed to providing excellent service focusing on meeting and conference planners," Schulze stated.

The West Paces Hotel Group, L.L.C. 
100 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30305  USA
Tel: 404-504-0380
Also See: Horst Schulze Believes He Can Do It Again with a New Luxury Hotel Chain / October 2002

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