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Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Promotes Mark Purcell
and Melissa Thompson to Vice President
Jill Kallmeyer Joins Company as VP, Organization
Development and Learning

ARLINGTON, Va., December 1, 2003 — Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR) announced the promotions of Mark Purcell to vice president, acquisitions and development, and Melissa Thompson to vice president, corporate communications. 

Additionally, the company announced that Jill Kallmeyer recently joined Interstate as vice president, organization development and learning.

“These well-deserved promotions reflect the contributions Mark and Melissa have made in their respective disciplines and recognize the significant roles we expect them to play in our future success,” said Steve Jorns, chief executive officer.  “Both have proven leadership skills and the expertise necessary to make effective contributions to our company’s continued growth.  The addition of Jill Kallmeyer to our executive team adds a new dimension to our training capabilities, which we believe will help further distinguish our properties from the competition.” 

Jill Kallmeyer

Prior to joining Interstate, Kallmeyer was president of her own consulting firm, specializing in organizational effectiveness.  In her new position, she will coordinate associate training at all 300 of the company’s managed properties. 

A seasoned industry executive with 15 years of experience in human resource-related disciplines, Kallmeyer has held senior management positions at a number of high-profile multi-national corporations, including Marriott International, Bank of America and PepsiCo, where she specialized in executive education, performance and change management, management training design and development, and strategic planning.  “Jill’s expertise and creativity will enable us to take our property-level training programs to a new plateau,” Jorns said.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is a member of the board of the Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network and a member of the American Society of Training & Development.

Mark Purcell

Mark Purcell joined Interstate in 1988 as an accounting manager and gained additional financial experience in a number of related positions, culminating in director of business development.  In his new position as vice president, business development and feasibility, he will be responsible for sourcing and pursuing hotel management and acquisition opportunities.  “Mark has a proven record of success with our development and acquisitions group,” Jorns explained.  “His experience and contacts will be invaluable as we continue to expand our acquisition activities.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. 

Melissa Thompson

A 15-year hospitality industry veteran, Melissa Thompson joined Interstate’s predecessor company, MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, in 1998, where she served in a variety of positions of increasing scope and responsibility, most recently as director of corporate communications.  In her new position as corporate communications vice president, she will oversee all of the company’s investor relations, crisis communications, employee communications and community relations activities.  Previously, she was with the American Hotel & Lodging Association, where she was manager of communications.

“Melissa has played an important role in helping the company to develop a cohesive communications strategy and clear message to the financial community, associates and the hotel community,” Jorns remarked.  “In her expanded role, she will be directly responsible for the full range of our communications efforts.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.  She is a member of National Investor Relations Institute.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts operates more than 300 hospitality properties with nearly 67,000 rooms in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Russia. 

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, including those statements regarding future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others, and statements containing words such as "expects," "believes" or "will,” which indicate that those statements are forward-looking. 


 Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Also See: Robert J. Morse Promoted from President of Hotel Operations to Chief Operating Officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts / November 2003
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Names Hank Ciaffone President, International Operations and Development, and C.A. Anderson EVP, Development / November 2003

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