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Hotel Veteran Joe Gelchion Named Senior Vice President
of Owner Relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Steven J. Heyer, chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announced today that longtime Sheraton Hotels & Resorts veteran Joseph Gelchion has been named senior vice president of owner relations, North America. In his new role, Mr. Gelchion will work closely with Starwood's 35 largest North American partners who own multiple hotels across multiple brands. Based in New York, he will report to Lynne Dougherty, Starwood's senior vice president owner relations and franchise.

"Joe is an industry icon, well known and well respected by our owners and the development community," said Mr. Heyer. "In his new role, Joe will serve as an advocate on behalf of our largest owners, and as liaison with Starwood's myriad resources including our brand teams, design, food and beverage and the like. As we continue to aggressively grow our footprint worldwide and implement innovations within our brands, his operational expertise and his passionate and intuitive understanding of Starwood and our brands will be a tremendous asset."

Mr. Gelchion most recently served as senior vice president, Sheraton Brand Operations, overseeing operations for Starwood's largest and most global brand. He began his career in the hotel industry in 1978 as a front desk agent at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel while still in college. Quickly climbing the ranks, Mr. Gelchion served in a number of operations positions within the Sheraton brand. He left the industry for a brief period to serve as Executive Administrator of Gracie Mansion for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, returning to the hotel business in 1995 when he joined the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, the brand's flagship hotel, where he was ultimately named General Manager in 2000. During his tenure with Sheraton and Starwood, Mr. Gelchion also served as Starwood's regional vice president of operations for New York and New Jersey.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Meridien® and the recently announced aloft(SM) and ELEMENT(SM) Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. 


Starwood Hotels & Resorts
K.C. Kavanagh

Also See: The Newest Independent (and Oldest Partially Independent) Franchise Association in the Hotel Industry / Stanley Turkel / September 2006

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