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Roderick A. Jao Appointed Sales and Marketing Director
for the Affinia Chicago

Chicago, IL (September 3, 2008) - The Affinia Chicago, a Cityscape Hotel, has named Roderick A. Jao its new sales and marketing director.  Jao brings 15 years of experience to the Affinia Chicago and will play a key role in expanding the hotel’s sales and marketing teams.   In his new position, Jao’s responsibilities will be to sustain and maintain opening sales, catering business and marketing operations for the Affinia Chicago, C-House and C-View.  
Before joining the Affinia Chicago, Jao was the associate director of sales at The James hotel in Chicago, IL, where he was accountable for the management of opening sales and catering.  He was hand selected to participate in the James Development Academy and was nominated as manager of the quarter multiple times over the course of his tenure. Roderick’s performance surpassed overall group sales, banquet, and catering goals, exceeding all standards for the James Hotel.  
Prior to joining The James, Jao held various director positions within other Chicago-based hotels including The Sutton Place and The Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where he oversaw and led teams in sales, catering, reservations and banquets.  
The Affinia Chicago recently celebrated the completion of its grand renovation, opening in June 2008 just steps off of the Magnificent Mile at the epicenter of Chicago’s entertainment, culture, shopping and business. 
Affinia Hotels, managed by New York-based Denihan Hospitality Group, offers multiple locations in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.  The brand recently launched the industry’s most innovative guest service program, My Affinia, which allows business and leisure travelers to tap the ease and immediacy of the Internet to create experiences of total customized comfort.  Affinia Hotels is a proud member of a worldwide alliance of hotels including Joie De Vivre in the United States, Thistle Hotels in the United Kingdom, Rotana Hotels in the Middle East and First Hotels in Scandinavia.  For more information, visit or call 1-866-AFFINIA.

Affinia Hotels

Also See: Following a $25 million Renovation, Affinia Hotels Prepares to Open Affinia Chicago, The Former Fitzpatrick / January 2008


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