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Crestline Hotels & Resorts Restructures and Adds
Four New Executive Management Positions
January 13, 2006 - Dave Durbin, President and CEO of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc., today announced that the Company is gearing up for continued growth in 2006 with the restructuring and addition of four new executive management positions. Crestline presently manages 39 hotels and resorts in 11 states and the District of Columbia, including nearly 9,000 guest rooms. During the past 16 months the Company has added 16 properties to its managed portfolio including three newly built properties.

"Thanks to the support of our owners, Crestline continues to expand its portfolio," said Durbin. "During this past year we have spent much time meeting with our owners and surveying their needs. In response to their feedback, as well as in anticipation of positioning Crestline for continued growth, we decided to add several new corporate positions and restructure our existing operations team. By adding these positions we can assure our owners the depth and knowledge that they have come to rely on us for, while having the structure in place to continue growing our business.

"The new executives will enhance Crestline's operational and revenue management support and will proactively work with our owners to enhance their asset management," added Durbin.

Crestline Hotels & Resorts Corporate Hotel Operations Team

Bruce Nelker, Regional Vice President of Operations based in Atlanta, GA, will relocate to the Crestline corporate offices in McLean, VA to provide senior level oversight to all future acquisitions and transitions within the Crestline portfolio. Bruce will continue to serve as the Regional Vice President for several of Crestline's independent hotels as well as the hotels owned by Armada Hoffler, a strategic partner for Crestline's hotel growth and development. Bruce has been with Crestline for 18 years and was previously Vice President, Area Manager of Durbin Companies. Prior to joining Durbin Companies, he served in the capacity of General Manager at the Marriott in Corpus Christi, Texas; the Hilton in Columbus, Georgia; and the Melbourne Hilton at Rialto Place in Melbourne, FL. Bruce also has rooms operation experience with Hyatt Hotels where he worked for seven years in four different locations. Bruce holds a BS degree in business from The Citadel.

Bill Upshaw, Regional Vice President of Operations, currently based in Palm Beach, FL, will relocate to Atlanta, GA to provide senior level oversight to the Crestline managed hotels in the South and those West of the Mississippi. Bill has been with Crestline for 18 years also serving previously as Vice President and Area Manager with Durbin Companies Inc. He was the opening General Manager of the full-service Palm Beach Gardens Marriott and prior to joining Durbin Companies held several positions with Marriott Corporation and franchise affiliates as Food and Beverage Director and Resident Manager. Bill grew up in a restaurant owner/operator family business and has experience with national brands such as TGI Friday's, Victoria Station, Four Seasons Hotels and the Warwick Hotels. Bill holds a BS degree in biology from Baylor University in Waco, TX.

Shaun Kirby, Regional Vice President of Operations, is a new addition to Crestline's Hotel Operations team and will oversee the Crestline managed hotels in the greater Washington, DC area as well as the Northeast. Shaun has held similar positions with Archon/Broadway Hospitality, Valley Forge Investments and Bristol Hotels & Resorts. His on-property experience includes the positions of General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing as well as extensive F&B experience in catering, banquets, restaurants and as an executive chef. Shaun holds a BS degree in finance from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. Shaun joined the company in early December and will be based at the Crestline corporate offices in McLean, VA.

Joy Jolin has been promoted from within the company to the position of Regional Vice President of Operations responsible for Crestline's portfolio of 12 select service hotels. Joy has been with Crestline since 2000 and most recently served as the General Manager for the Crestline-managed Courtyard by Marriott at Baltimore Inner Harbor. During her 17 years in hospitality, she has consistently proven her ability to produce exceptional results both in revenue generation, guest satisfaction and profit retention. Joy holds a BA in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. Joy will be based at the Crestline offices in McLean, VA.

Dave Bartek will be promoted to become the General Manager for the Radisson Barcelo Orlando and Area Manager for Florida. Dave began his hospitality career in 1984 with Interstate Hotels Corporation in engineering. In 1997 he joined the Davidson Hotel Company where he became a General Manager for the Nashville Crowne Plaza, followed by the Kansas City Airport Hilton and the Tampa Airport Hilton. In 1999 Dave joined Crestline as the General Manager of the Marriott Bay Point Resort in FL and then the Wyndham Hotel Salt Lake City. He holds a BS in management from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA and an Associate's Degree in specialized technology from the Triangle Institute of Technology, also in Pittsburgh.

Scott Hanno has been promoted to the position of Corporate Director of Revenue Management and E-Commerce which is an addition to the corporate sales team in McLean. Scott brings over 20 years of hotel reservations and revenue management experience to our team. After 15 years with Interstate Hotels, he joined Crestline in April 2000 as the Director of Revenue Management at the Marriott Bay Point Resort in Panama City, FL. For the past 2 years he has very successfully filled the role of Area Director of Revenue Management responsible for inventory management and maximizing the yield for multiples of the company's branded hotels including Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Four Points and Wyndham. In his new role, Scott will provide leadership and direction to the property sales and revenue management teams to assist them in maximizing revenues and exceeding their budgets. He will monitor and research industry trends and enhancements to the revenue management and e-commerce standards we utilize. He will facilitate training and support to the hotels in all revenue management areas including business planning, performance tracking, troubleshooting and hands-on task force as needed.

The Company
Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is one of the nation's largest independent hospitality management companies. Founded in 2000, the Company presently manages 39 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 9,000 rooms in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages properties independently and under such well-regarded brands as Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Renaissance, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, Wyndham and Radisson. Additional information about the hotel management company is available at the company's web site:

Certain matters discussed herein are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 


Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

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