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Sage Hospitality Named Michael Lyman as Director of Marketing
Revenue Strategy For Chicago’s The Blackstone—A Renaissance Hotel
Chicago, IL Dec. 10, 2008---Shakir Hussain, the general manager of The Blackstone—A Renaissance Hotel, has named Michael Lyman, an industry veteran whose distinguished marketing career includes leadership posts at luxury hotels throughout the United States, as the director of marketing and revenue strategy for this legendary hotel. The Blackstone, a Chicago architectural and cultural icon and a national historic landmark that provided regal lodgings for many of the 20th century’s most famous figures--from a dozen U.S. presidents to Hollywood stars -officially opened on April 30, 2008 after lying dormant since 1999.
Sage Hospitality, the Denver, CO-based hospitality firm that manages the four-star property, spearheaded the $128 million showcase renovation of the historic Blackstone, sensitively preserving its architectural legacy while transforming it into a world-class, 332-room luxury hotel with a signature contemporary collection of Chicago art. The Blackstone’s Shakir Hussain described Mr. Lyman as an ideal fit to promote The Blackstone’s as a premier luxury travel destination that offers guests a true “Chicago” experience:
“Michael Lyman brings an exciting and accomplished track record to the table as well as an outstanding reputation for collaborative marketing and innovative sales initiatives,” said Mr. Hussain. “His creativity and profound understanding of the luxury hotel market will be a significant asset in strategically positioning The Blackstone as a premier destination in the international marketplace.”
In addition to overseeing all marketing functions for The Blackstone,
Mr. Lyman will interface with a new Marriott International sales initiative,
SalesForce One, a “customer-centric” sales approach that Sage and Mr. Hussain
are instituting for The Blackstone.
The recipient of numerous sales and marketing awards, Mr. Lyman is a graduate of Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL He is an active member of many industry organizations and maintains a demanding schedule of civic involvements including the Habitat for Humanity and the March of Dimes.
About The Blackstone
As a Chicago touchstone and celebration of the arts, Sage commissioned a curator to assemble an innovative collection of over 1,600 works of original art by contemporary Chicago artists that is on display in guestrooms and in public spaces throughout the hotel. A street -level Starbucks Café with outdoor seating serves hotel guests, the local business community and neighborhood residents. The Sage Restaurant Group operates a critically acclaimed, independent destination restaurant at the Michigan Avenue location, Mercat a la Planxa, offering modern Catalan cuisine.
This winter The Blackstone will debut a “hotel within a hotel” concept, Hubbard Place, designed to pamper guests with an exclusive experience that accentuates personalized services. Hubbard Place, on floors 20-23 of the hotel, will feature custom designed suites, conference rooms and a dramatic lounge with sweeping views of Lake Michigan. For more information and reservations, please call The Blackstone at 312/447-0955 or visit The Blackstone web site at marriott.com/hotels/travel/chirh-the-blackstone-a-renaissance-hotel.
About Sage Hospitality
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