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White Lodging Services Appoints Jon Peck as
General Manager of the new 617-room
Louisville Marriott Downtown


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 30, 2004 - White Lodging Services officially announced Jon Peck as General Manager of the new 617-room Louisville Marriott Downtown.  Scheduled to open April 2005, the new convention hotel is part of a comprehensive revitalization effort taking place in the City's downtown district.
"We are committed to playing a key role in the ongoing 'Renaissance' of downtown Louisville," stated Peck.  "Our team looks forward to combining the best of Marriott with the best of Louisville to create a world class lodging experience in the heart of this historic city."
Peck joins White Lodging Services after 18 years with Marriott International where he was involved with five hotel openings and two conversions.  He is the recipient of many notable accolades, including the Marriott General Manager Leadership Award which he received in his most recent position as general manager of the 504-room Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Beach Resorts in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  Prior to this position, he was the general manager at the Costa Rica Marriott in San Jose where under his leadership the hotel was awarded the prestigious Alice Marriott Award.
Peck's vast sales and marketing experience includes positions as:  Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Central America, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia; Opening Director of Marketing for the Costa Rica Marriott and the Los Suenos Marriott and Resort (which was selected most Successful Hotel Opening in 2000); Director of Incentive Marketing, Marriott National Accounts; and Director of Corporate Sales at the San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott.  He started his career in 1986 as a sales manager at the Atlanta Marriott Downtown.  Prior to joining Marriott, he worked with independent restaurants and hotels in a variety of operational positions.
A dedicated travel and tourism advocate, Peck has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, where he also served as Vice President of Finance for the Association.  While in the St. Thomas area, he also served on the board for the St. Thomas-St. John Hotel Association.
The Louisville Marriott Downtown is scheduled to open in early spring 2005 and will create more than 500 jobs in the city and surrounding counties.  It is located at 280 West Jefferson Street, directly across from and connected to the Kentucky International Convention Center.  The hotel will feature more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 21,000 square foot grand Louisville Ballroom, and will offer a state-of-the-art business center with high-speed internet access, three restaurants, a lounge, an indoor pool, and an oversized health club.
The downtown location of the new Louisville Marriott places it in the heart of the shopping, dining and entertainment district of the city.  The hotel is just blocks away from the new 4th Street Live entertainment and shopping development, Waterfront Park, and Louisville Slugger Field, and is just 10 minutes from Louisville International Airport.

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Also See: Georgina Lopez and Javier Rosenberg Named Young Hoteliers of the World 2001 / November 20, 2001
Innkeepers USA Trust Acquires 182-room Clarion Hotel in Downtown Louisville; Plans Repositioning to Hampton Inn Brand for All-In Cost of $60,000 Per Key / June 2004

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