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 Shaukat Wadiwalla Appointed General Manager of the
233-room Renaissance Fort Lauderdale in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., November 6, 2008 – HEI Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced it has promoted Shaukat Wadiwalla to general manager of the 233-room Renaissance Fort Lauderdale in Florida.  Previously, Wadiwalla was corporate director of food & beverage for HEI.

“At HEI, we believe in rewarding our finest associates for their superior skills with ever expanding career development opportunities,” said Michael Miner, senior vice president of operations for HEI Hotels & Resorts.  “Shaukat has done a remarkable job over the 1.5 years with HEI, consistently helping to raise revenues and create efficiencies at hotels across our portfolio.  We have every confidence that he will sustain that record of success in his new role as general manager of the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale.”

Prior to joining HEI in 2007, Wadiwalla was food & beverage director for the 1,350-room Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, CA, where he oversaw outlets with over $20 million in revenues. He also has served as food & beverage director for the 1,200-room Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver, CO, and during his 13-year tenure at the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts held food and beverage management positions at several of the their highest profile hotels, including the 1,278-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Wadiwalla graduated from Florida State University with a degree in business administration, hotel-restaurant management.

“I’m grateful for HEI giving me the tremendous opportunity as a first time general manager,” Wadiwalla said.  “I’m committed to sharing this same dedication to growth with the team at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale, as we strive to reach new heights as a leader in the Fort Lauderdale marketplace.”

About Renaissance Fort Lauderdale
The AAA Four Diamond Award winning Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel features distinctive Caribbean-Colonial décor and is minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Port Everglades, the Convention Center and the beach.  The Bistro 17 offers New American cuisine with sultry local flavor in an intimate, tropically themed setting.  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 Acquires the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel; Merritt Hospitality, a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of HEI, will Manage / September 2004
Owner/Operator HEI Hotrels & Resorts Has Three Properties in Various Stages of Development, 378 room Marriott in Bellevue, Washington, the 202 room Le Meridien Philadelphia and the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences / February 2008


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