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Michael Polese Appointed General Manager of the
Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey
November 29, 2004 - Michael Polese has been promoted to the position of general manager of the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, announced Kevin Swill, president of Westminster Hospitality Group. Westminster Hotel was recently awarded the elite four-diamond rating from AAA (Automobile Association of America). It also earned top honors in the upscale hotel category of Lodging Hospitality magazine’s Annual Design Competition.

The 43-year-old Polese, a resident of Secaucus, joined the hotel shortly before its grand opening in November 2002 as director of rooms. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having held management positions at several upscale New York City hotels, including the four-diamond Omni Berkshire Place. He also spent several years in the technology end of the hospitality industry, traveling the world to install systems related to many aspects of hotel operations.

According to Swill, Polese was an obvious choice for the hotel’s new general manager. “Michael has consistently demonstrated extraordinary skill in handling daily procedures, a wonderful management style, and a long-term vision for maintaining Westminster Hotel as a great place for guests and employees alike,” noted Swill. “We are proud to have him lead this distinguished facility.”

In his new position, Polese is responsible for overseeing more than 80 employees as well as the operations related to the smooth running of a luxury hotel. With 187 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of banquet and conference space, the award-winning Strip House Restaurant, and a full range of first-class amenities that cater to the needs of today’s traveler, Westminster Hotel has been rated as one of the finest in the country.

“The greatest challenge is to maintain our status as an ‘exclusive’ first class hotel, while retaining the ‘inclusive’ welcoming feel that is so attractive to our guests,” said Polese. “The Westminster Hotel provides luxurious lodging and the highest level of amenities, state-of-the art technology and sophisticated accommodations. But equally important, our employees know how to make each and every guest feel pampered and personally attended to throughout their visit.”

Westminster Hospitality Group is a subsidiary of Kushner Companies, a diversified private real estate organization headquartered in nearby Florham Park.



Westminster Hotel
550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039

Caryl Bixon-Gordon
(201) 796-7788

Also See: Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey Buries Time Capsule; 50 Years from now Will Provide Glimpse into Services, Foods, Cultures of the One Year Old Hotel / October 2004
Kushner Companies Spending $25 million to Gut Former Travelodge Hotel in Livingston, NJ; To Reopen as The Westminster Hotel / Sept 2002

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