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HEI Hotels & Resorts Appoints Joseph White General Manager
of Detroit Metro Airport Marriott


ROMULUS, Mich., September 16, 2008 – HEI Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced the appointment of Joseph White as the new general manager of the recently renovated Marriott Detroit Metro Airport hotel.  

“With Joseph’s proven track record of success and our ‘like new’ product, we believe the hotel will continue to build on our reputation as the leading destination in the Detroit Metro Airport market.” said Tim Digby, HEI regional senior vice president of operations.  “We are excited to give him his first opportunity to lead a hotel team as general manager, it is well deserved.”

White brings more than a decade’s experience in senior hotel and restaurant management positions to HEI.  Most recently, he was director of operations for The Westin Southfield in Southfield, Mich, where he led initiatives to increase guest satisfaction scores in all categories for food and beverage, rooms and hotel services.  He previously was director of food and beverage with White Lodging Services at the Detroit Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint hotel in Pontiac, Mich..  In his new position, he will report directly to Tim Digby, HEI regional senior vice president of operations. 

“HEI has given me the opportunity to lead a team of dynamic hospitality professionals, dedicated to building upon our strong reputation for service excellence at the Marriott,” White said.  “I’m excited to provide the sort of development opportunity for the Marriott team that HEI has given me with this leadership position.”

About Detroit Metro Airport Marriott

The Detroit Metro Airport Marriott’s guestrooms, lobby and meeting space have been completely upgraded and feature innovative cuisine at the Ha’Penny Pub.  Located minutes from the airport, the hotel is situated near downtown Detroit and is in close proximity to GM, Ford and Chrysler international headquarters.  More information about the hotel is available at 

About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality investment firm that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts throughout the United States under such well-known brand names as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Hilton. For more information about HEI, visit the company’s website,


Jess Petitt
HEI Hotels & Resorts

Also See: HEI Hospitality/Greenfield Partners/GIC to Acquire Five Marriott Hotels from Host Marriott for $70 million / January 2004

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