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More Than Any Other Company…Eight ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Conference
Centers Selected As 2005 Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Award Winners


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – August 5, 2005 – Eight ARAMARK Harrison Lodging (AHL) properties have received the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award for 2005, the mark of excellence for conference centers in North America.  Of the total 27 conference centers honored this year, AHL’s eight awarded properties is more than any other company.  According to the 2005 Pinnacle Award Registry, AHL also operates the four top-rated centers in the United States.  These properties, in order, include Harrison Conference Center in Lake Bluff, Ill.; The National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va.;  Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, Ma.; and Harrison Conference Center & Hotel, Princeton Forrestal Center in Princeton, N.J.  The other AHL properties that received Pinnacle Awards include Harrison Conference Center at Glen Cove in Glen Cove, N.Y.; R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center in Durham, N.C.; The Villanova Conference Center in Radnor, Pa.; and The Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. 

“The readers of Successful Meetings magazine are among the most qualified and active planners within the industry,” said Rory Loberg, president, AHL.  “We are proud to have eight properties, under our management, receive this distinction in recognition of their excellent services and facilities.”

The Pinnacle Award winners are chosen by the readers of Successful Meetings magazine; more than 72,000 corporate and association executives with meeting planning responsibilities have the chance to vote for their top picks. Now in its 21st year, the awards recognize hotels, resorts, conference facilities and destination support organizations for excellence in sustaining meetings, incentive travel and trade show programs. Criteria for the Pinnacle Awards includes conference services; meeting space and room design; technical facilities and services; guest accommodations; food and beverage schedule and quantity; package pricing value; recreational amenities; and location. 

Industry experts have likened the Pinnacle to other prestigious travel awards like the Mobile 5-Star and the AAA 5-Diamond. The Pinnacle Awards has earned the reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting planners and conference center executives alike. Pinnacle Award winners are announced each August in Successful Meetings’ annual Pinnacle Registry.  The list is also available online at 

Offering a collection of the world’s most effective environments for learning, communication and personal growth, ARAMARK operates more than 50 conference centers, corporate training centers and specialty hotels in educational environments. Each is strategically located close to leading business destinations. The company supports the stringent standards of IACC and harnesses the power and expertise of its founding entities to expand its contributions to the industry. 

To learn more about ARAMARK Harrison Lodging or to book a meeting, log onto or call the company’s National Accounts Offices at 1-800-422-MEET.

ARAMARK Corporation is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, international and domestic corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel.  ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry in the 2005 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2005, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 242,500 employees serving clients in 19 countries.

Keri Firstenberg / Jessica Lenobel
  Middleton & Gendron, Inc.
  (212) 980-9232 / (212) 980-9194 /


Also See: Jeff Weggeman Appointed Vice President of Sales for ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / July 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Announces Promotions and Appointments in Mid-Atlantic Region / July 2005
Harrison Conference Center and Hotel, Princeton Forrestal Center Announces Two New Management Team Members / June 2005
The Manor Club at Glen Cove Debuts at Long Island’s Harrison House / June 2005
Colin Ankersen Appointed General Manager at Harrison Conference Center and Hotel, Princeton Forrestal Center / June 2005
Executive Education Programs Hosted at ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Facilities Rank High in Financial Times’ Top 50; UW-Madison Takes Top Honors / June 2005
Tom Nolan Promoted to Regional Vice President of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / June 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Mike Fahner Appointed as Member of IACC’s Board of Directors / April 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Rizzo Conference Center Launches $18 Million Expansion to Double Its Size / April 2005
Jack Kealey, Senior Vice President of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, Retires / March 2005
The Learning Center at Marlboro Becomes The Conference Center at Marlborough / March 2005
Local Charity Comes Up The Winner In ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Super Bowl Wager / February 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging and Joan Eisenstodt Identify Five Developments to Watch in 2005 / January 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Jack Kealey Named Recipient of IACC’s Mel Hosansky Award For Distinguished Service / April 2003
Mike Fahner and Greg Wier Named to Vice President Posts with ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / September 2004
Merrill Lynch Conference & Training Center to Retain ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Management, Undergo Improvements and Name Change to Harrison Conference Center & Hotel -- Princeton Forrestal Center / Aug 2004
Built in 1925, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging's Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY Undergoes Renovation / March 2004

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