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Joe M. Hindsley Named General Manager at Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street and and Scott B. VandenBerg Named General Manager at Grand Hyatt
Atlanta in Buckhead
ATLANTA—(April 20, 2004) — New general managers have taken the helm at both Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street and Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.  Joe M. Hindsley replaces Ted Kanatas as general manager of the 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta while Scott B. VandenBerg will take Tom Voss’ place as general manager for the 437-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta.  Both Kanatas and Voss were promoted to general manager and resident manager respectively for the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the largest waterfront hotel on the West Coast.

“Both Joe and Scott bring tremendous talent to our hotels in Atlanta,” said Tim Lindgren, divisional vice president for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.  “While it is unusual to be replacing the general manager position at both hotels simultaneously, these gentlemen were selected because of their excellent management experience and previous history of involvement in the communities where they worked.  We are confident they will continue the leadership role these two hotels have established in Atlanta.”

Joe Hindsley comes to Hyatt Regency Atlanta from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Union Station where he was general manager of the hotel for the past five years.  He was an active member of the downtown community serving as president and chairman of the St. Louis Area Hotel Association, and was politically appointed by Mayor Francis Slay to the board of the St. Louis Convention and Visitor Commission.  Beginning his career with Hyatt Hotels in 1982 as a corporate management trainee, Hindsley has moved up through the Hyatt management structure holding increasingly responsible positions in 10 Hyatt hotels.  A native of Philadelphia, PA, Hindsley earned a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Penn State University.

Scott VandenBerg was previously general manager for the 421-room Hyatt Regency Islandia in San Diego.  He began his career with Hyatt Hotels in 1979 as a corporate management trainee.  In his 25-year tenure with Hyatt, VandenBerg has worked at 16 Hyatt properties including opening seven new hotels around the country.  VandenBerg was actively involved in the San Diego community and received the “Hotel Person of the Year” award in 2002 from the San Diego Hotel & Motel Association.  A native of Michigan, VandenBerg is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management.

In downtown Atlanta, the 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta was the first contemporary atrium hotel in the world, and is now one of the nation's premier convention and trade show facilities with 180,000 square feet of ballroom, exhibit, meeting and hospitality space.

Located in the fashionable Buckhead district, the 437-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta with 18,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space combines classic elegance, unsurpassed service and unparalleled cuisine to offer discerning guests Atlanta’s legendary hospitality.

There are 208 Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world, which are managed by two separate groups of companies. Subsidiaries of Hyatt International Corporation operate, manage or franchise 86 hotels and resorts in 38 countries, with an additional 19 hotels under development. Hyatt Corporation, a separate company, and its subsidiaries operate, manage, franchise or lease 122 hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. 

Carol Peacher, APR
Peacher Graf & Associates, Inc.
Also See: Hyatt International Appoints Four General Managers / June 2003
Hyatt International Appoints Four to General Manager Posts / May 2003

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