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Douglas Wood, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza
Ventura Beach Hotel, Recipient of the Charles ‘Russ’
Stark Leadership Award
(Denver, CO)—July 9, 2007  - Providence Hospitality Partners (PHP) has named the General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Douglas Wood, the premier recipient of its Charles ‘Russ’ Stark Leadership Award.

Wood was recognized, according to David Storm, President of Providence Hospitality Partners, “for his exceptional wisdom, strength of character, steadfast integrity, sound leadership, compassion and an uncompromised commitment to service, quality and profitability.”  The award was presented to Wood at PHP’s annual management meeting that was held at the Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, in June. 

“I am deeply honored to be the first recipient of this award, as I am surrounded by so many talented and exceptional individuals at Providence Hospitality, each of whom could have easily won this award,” said Douglas Wood. “I am proud to be part of the Providence family and of what we have been able to achieve at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.”  As general manager, Wood has just overseen a two year, $15 million renovation of the landmark beachfront property which was originally built in 1972.  The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Ventura Beach is located at 450 E Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Named for the CEO of Providence Hospitality Partners, Charles ‘Russ’ Stark who was an U.S. Naval aviator, the award is a bronze of a 1920’s style aviator by the artist George Lundeen.  Born in Holdrege, Nebraska, George Lundeen is a nationally known sculptor of realistic figures.  He holds the status of full Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York and one of his best known pieces is the bronze, life-size figure of Benjamin Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has work at the Capital Rotunda in Washington D.C.

Charles R. Stark, Chairman/Partner

As CEO and Partner, Providence Hospitality Partners, Russ brings the leadership and hotel acumen that comes from more than 35 years of hands on hotel operating and development experience. The son of a New York City hotelier, Russ has embraced the disciplines of effective hotel management and dedication required for success. Russ is actively involved in the daily operation of all hotels and maintains primary responsibility for the establishment of property level goals and strategic development and acquisition activities.

• Thirty five years of hands on experience
• Responsible for the administration and development of prestigious hotels throughout the United States
• Bachelor of Science degree, St. Louis University
• MBA, New York University
• Officer U.S. Navy (naval aviator)

Providence Hospitality Partners has been in the hospitality business for over 18 years, and is an approved operator for Marriott, Omni, Radisson, Sheraton, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Hilton Hotels.  Based in Denver, Colorado, PHP specializes in historic and boutique hotels as well as “turning around” underperforming properties. They currently manage 10 hotels in the Western U.S., including two historic properties - the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood and the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.   PHP has recently acquired the management contract for another Wyoming property – a Holiday Inn in Casper – and will soon break ground on a Staybridge Inn, an all suite hotel located by the Denver International Airport.  PHP is located at 709 Clarkson, Denver, Colorado, 90218.  For more information, please call 303-831-1114, or visit


 Ann Flower Communications
310 305 7169

Also See: Providence Hospitality Partners Completes Restoration of the Historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs; Opened in 1893, Modeled after the Sixteenth Century Villa de Medici / May 2007
Opened in 1972, The 12-story Holiday Inn Ventura Beach Resort Receiving $8 million Remodel and Conversion to Crowne Plaza / August 2005


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