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Seven ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Conference Centers
Receive Prestigious 2006 Pinnacle Awards


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Aug. 8, 2006 — ARAMARK Harrison Lodging (AHL), a leader in the conference and corporate training centers industry, today announced that seven of its managed properties have been awarded Successful Meetings' prestigious Pinnacle Awards for 2006, the mark of excellence for conference centers in North America – more properties than any other management company. 
AHL award recipient properties include Babson Executive Conference Center,  Wellesley, Mass.; Harrison Conference Center & Hotel, Princeton Forrestal Center,  Princeton, N.J.; Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center at Washington University,  St. Louis, Mo.; Harrison Conference Center,  Lake Bluff, Ill.; National Conference Center,  Lansdowne, Va.; The Villanova Conference Center,  Radnor, Pa.; and R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center,  Durham, N.C.

"We are honored that seven AHL managed properties were recognized for their high level of excellence by the readers of Successful Meetings," said Jeff Weggeman, vice president of sales and marketing, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. "AHL continually strives to provide its partners, clients and guests the highest level of service and satisfaction, so it is especially gratifying that the readers of Successful Meetings have recognized so many of our managed properties for their exemplary achievements.”

The Pinnacle Award winners are chosen by the readers of Successful Meetings magazine. Now in its 22nd 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
About ARAMARK Harrison Lodging 
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, a division of ARAMARK Corporation, provides a wide range of managed services, including meeting and recreational support services to conference and corporate training centers, specialty hotels, national and state parks, resorts and other tourist destinations throughout the United States.  ARAMARK Harrison Lodging is a single source provider for educational environments, event and meeting planning, premium dining needs and catering, on-site restaurants, retail merchandise sales and facilities management. For more information on ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, please log on to
ARAMARK Corporation (NYSE: RMK) is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and 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 240,000 employees serving clients in 20 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site,


ARAMARK Corporate Communications
David Freireich

Lisa Epstein 
Allison & Partners 
(619) 533-7973


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ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Survey Reveals Venue Selection Plays Critical Role in Overall Success of Meeting or Conference / June 2006
Scott Shontz Named Vice President of Development, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / January 2006
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Announces Strategic Alliance with Chief Learning Officer Magazine / January 2006
ARAMARK Integrates ARAMARK Harrison Lodging with its Parks and Resorts Business; Bruce W. Fears Named President, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging / September 2005
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Assumes Management of Dodgertown Sports & Conference Center / August 2005
More Than Any Other Company…Eight ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Conference Centers Selected As 2005 Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Award Winners / August 2005
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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