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Daniel Carusone Named General Manager
of the Westin Columbus, Ohio
MILWAUKEE, Wis., June 1, 2006—Marcus Hotels and Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that it has named Daniel E. Carusone as general manager of the historic 186-room Westin Columbus (Ohio) hotel.  Marcus acquired the AA four-diamond hotel earlier this month.  

Carusone, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, brings more than two decades of experience in the operation of four- and five-diamond hotels, including management stints at such highly regarded properties as The Wigwam Resort near Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore, and LaPosada Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jacksonville and America Island, Fla.  Most recently, he was district vice president of Fairfield Resorts with responsibility for overseeing the operations of four properties located in Williamsburg and Alexandria, Va.  

“Pairing a general manager to a hotel, especially a unique historic hotel like the Westin Columbus, is much like pairing a great wine with a gourmet meal,” said Bill Otto, president of Marcus Hotels and Resorts.  “Dan is an award-winning hotelier and has worked at some of the finest properties in America.  We believe the Westin Columbus is a special property and that both it and Dan will set a new standard of excellence in the community.”  

Carusone will oversee a substantial, multi-million dollar renovation that includes upgrading all guest rooms and creating a new dining experience in harmony with the property’s historic setting.  The AA four-diamond Westin Columbus is located in the heart of downtown Columbus and is connected to the Southern Theatre, a historically restored, 933-seat performing arts theater.  The Westin Columbus is the third hotel acquired by Marcus in the past 12 months.  

About Marcus Hotels and Resorts
Marcus Hotels and Resorts owns or manages a distinctive portfolio of 15 hotels and resorts with approximately 4,000 rooms, including two properties currently under development.  The hotels include a cross section of premium-branded hotels under such brands as Preferred Hotels, Starwood, Hilton and Intercontinental.  In addition, the company operates some of the nation’s leading independent hotels and resorts.  Marcus Hotels & Resorts has particular expertise in development, the acquisition and repositioning of hotels, historic hotels, large urban properties, indoor waterparks, resorts and condo-hotels.  

About the Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries.  The Marcus Corporation’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres, owns or manages 504 screens at 45 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio, and one family entertainment center in Wisconsin.  The company’s lodging division, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, owns or manages 15 hotels and resorts, including two under construction, in nine states, as well as one vacation club.  For more information, visit the company’s Web site at 


Marcus Corporation

Also See: Marcus Hotels Acquires the 186 room Westin Columbus Hotel; Continues to Seek Expansion Through Equity Investments / May 2006
John Williams and Phillip King Are Two Hotel Operators On Almost Identical Missions, Overseeing the Details in Re-opening Downtown Oklahoma City's Two Historic Hotels, the Skirvin Hilton and the Colcord Hotel / April 2006


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