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Embassy Suites Hotels Recognizes Top Hotels of 2005
Peter Steketee,  GM of the Embassy Suites Hotel - Tampa, 
Named General Manager of Year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 22, 2006 -- Embassy Suites Hotels recognized its top hotels during an awards ceremony at the brand's annual General Manager and Directors of Sales conference, held in Austin, Texas, February 18-22. More than 40 awards were presented to hotels chosen from the brand's portfolio of more than 180 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Each honored hotel received a trophy, monetary prize and individual recognition during the conference. 

"Each of our hotels and their team members work extremely hard to deliver the ultimate in guest satisfaction for which the Embassy brand is known," said David Greydanus, senior vice president, brand management, Embassy Suites Hotels. "Everything they do -- from providing a hot, cooked to order breakfast each morning to a comfortable bed for travelers each night, and highly valued services in between that enable guests to be more productive -- helps ensure guest loyalty. We are pleased to honor the Embassy Suites Hotels that epitomize what our brand is all about -- guest satisfaction and a high level of customer service." 

The Connie Awards, named in honor of company founder Conrad Hilton, are awarded based on three key components, including: quality assurance audits measuring cleanliness, condition and brand standards; customer scores rating staff service; and customer service scores rating the quality of the hotel's physical accommodations. The top three hotels to receive Connie Awards included: 

  • Embassy Suites Hotel - Lubbock, Texas 
  • Embassy Suites Hotel - North Charleston-Airport/Convention Center, SC 
  • Embassy Suites Hotel - Portland-Downtown, Ore. 
The Hervey Feldman Award, named in honor of one of the pioneers of the Embassy Suites brand and the brand's first president, recognizes the Embassy Suites General Manager of Year. The 2005 honor went to Peter Steketee, general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel - Tampa - USF/Near Bush Gardens, FL. 

Brad Zimmer, director of sales at the Embassy Suites Hotel - Syracuse, NY, was awarded Director of Sales of the Year, while the sales team at the Embassy Suites Hotel - Des Moines - On the River, Iowa was awarded the Sales Team of the Year Award. The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate leadership, accountability, business sense and creativity in the area of sales for their hotel. 

Special conference recognition went to Lou Weckstein, former President of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC and Perry Sorenson, former EVP and COO of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. for their outstanding service and commitment to the Embassy Suites Hotels brand. Both gentlemen have been instrumental in the founding, development and growth of the Embassy Suites brand and have made significant contributions. 

About the Conference 

"Embassy Suites Totally Jammin'" was the theme of the 2006 Embassy Suites Hotels Conference. More than 500 general managers, directors of sales, owners and corporate team members have an opportunity to network, share experiences and participate in brand-specific workshops. 

About Embassy Suites Hotels 

Embassy Suites Hotels, which opened its first property in 1984, was the first all-suite upscale hotel brand to enter the industry and today has nearly 190 hotels. 

Embassy Suites Hotels is a part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, which is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,300 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton(R), Conrad(R), Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn & Suites(R), Hilton Garden Inn(R), Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R) and Homewood Suites by Hilton(R). 


Embassy Suites Hotels
Dawn Ray

Also See: Embassy Suites Recognizes Top Hotels; Patrick Wilson Named 2004 General Manager of the Year / April 2005
Hervey Feldman, Father of Embassy Suites, Dead at 67 / September 2004

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