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Debi Bishop Named General Manager of
Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Nov. 14, 2003 -- Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR) announces veteran hotelier Debi Bishop as general manager of Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club, located along the Atlantic Coast of Florida between Jacksonville and historic St. Augustine. Bishop brings with her more than   25 years of hospitality experience including background in both operations and sales and marketing touching brands such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton and Choice International.

Most recently, Bishop served as vice president of sales of independent luxury hotels and resorts for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, overseeing sales, marketing and public relations of 17 hotels and resorts throughout the United States, including Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club. In addition, Bishop worked with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, in several capacities including vice president of operations, and area director of operations, Atlanta. Bishop’s many accomplishments throughout her hospitality career include being a recipient of several awards including General Manager of the Year, Bronze Award and Human Resources Award while serving with MeriStar. Other experience includes developing international tourism in both the Asian and European markets while working with American General Hospitality.

“Having worked with Sawgrass Marriott Resort while serving as vice president, I have seen the resort grow from a being a major player in the golf and meetings arena to one of the premier meeting resorts in the Southeast,” says Bishop. “With the expansion of our meeting space to 56,000 square feet, the addition of our new 20,000 square-foot ‘The Spa at Sawgrass,’ and of course our world-renowned golf, including the TPC Stadium Course, we have the ability to provide companies with a multitude of services not previously available.” Bishop also states, “I look forward to working with the Sawgrass associates, as they are filled with passion, commitment and excitement. I’m open to anyone, from housekeeping to the executive staff, wanting to help the resort reach maximum potential.”

Scheduled for completion on March 1, 2004, the new conference center includes the addition of 19,000 square-feet of meeting space including a 16,000 square-foot ballroom, pre-function space, and registration desk and office.

As the Official Hotel of the TPC at Sawgrass and ATP Tour International Headquarters, Sawgrass Marriott Resort features 508 guest rooms, suites and villas. Attendees currently enjoy the 4800-acre resort’s 99 holes of world-renowned golf spanning five courses, tennis courts, comprehensive fitness facilities complete with weight training equipment and cardiovascular machines, three swimming pools and access to the private beachfront Cabana Club on 26 miles of Atlantic beach.

Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club

Also See: Interstate Hotels & Resorts Signs Contract to Manage Radisson Kendall Hotel and Suites, Miami, Florida / May 2003

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