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 Mark Lesser Appointed General Manager of the Historic
202 room Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (December 2005) Ė Hospitality veteran Mark Lesser has joined the historic Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine, as general manager.  The Eastland Park is managed by the Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group LC.

Lesser most recently served as general manager of the Holiday Inn at JFK International Airport in New York.  In his new role at the Eastland Park, he will oversee the hotelís day-to-day operations.  The hotel features 18,000 square feet of meeting space, 202 newly renovated guest rooms, an upscale restaurant called Adelineís Grille, the renowned Top of the East Lounge, and a Concierge Club Level with a complimentary business center.  The top-floor lounge offers breathtaking views of Portlandís waterfront.

ďMy goal is to help take the Eastland Park to the AAA Four Diamond and Mobil Four-Star level,Ē Lesser said. ďThis hotel has been a treasured landmark in downtown Portland for 75 years.  Itís the ideal gathering place for business and leisure travelers, as well as meeting and social groups.  The hotelís elegant ballroom has become Portlandís premier location for weddings.Ē

Lesser began his career in 1974 as a sales professional for a California resort.  After that, he served as general manager for the Helmsley Carlton Hotel and the Doral Park Avenue Hotel in New York City.  During his stint at the Holiday Inn at JFK Airport, which began in 2004, Lesser led the property to an occupancy of 88.5 percent.  

Lesser has served as a member of the PR Committee for the New York Hotel Association.  He earned a bachelorís degree from Monmouth College in New Jersey and studied advertising and public relations at The New School in New York. 

The Eastland Park is located at 157 High St. next to the Childrenís Museum of Maine and the Portland Museum of Art.  


Felicia Comer
Magna Hospitality Group
(401) 886-4484

Also See: Magna Hospitality Group, L.C. Completes $2.5 million Refurbishment of the historic Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco / October 2004
Developers of the Portland Harbor Hotel Betting on Location, Location, Location / July 2002

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