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Sage Hospitality Appoints Frederick Kleisner II as
General Manager of the Nines in Portland, Oregon

October 2, 2008 (Portland, Ore.) – Sage Hospitality has announced the appointment of Frederick Kleisner II as General Manager of the Nines, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Portland, Oregon. A fifth-generation hotelier with 17 years experience at the upper end of the industry, Kleisner will steward the new $137 million property in the landmark Meier & Frank Building, which is opening this month

“The Nines will benefit from Fred’s strong management background at a number of distinctive hotel properties across the US,” said Walter Isenberg, President and CEO of Sage Hospitality, the Denver-based company that developed and is managing the hotel. “We are delighted to welcome Fred to our management team. He is someone with a passion for hospitality, the ability to build outstanding hotel teams, and a deep commitment to being a part of the local community.”

Born into a hotel family, Kleisner brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to the Nines. His formative years were spent in hospitality in some of the country’s most well traveled destinations from New York City to Hawaii. He has been trained in all aspects of hotel operations, enabling him to effectively identify traveler needs, understand market trends, and formulate innovate changes to maintain and grow market share.

Kleisner comes to the Nines from New York City, where he oversaw the opening of The Empire Hotel, a swanky, 413-room property on West 63rd Street. Previously, he spent six years with Wyndham International, including management of The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colorado, The Tremont Boston Hotel, and The El San Juan Hotel and Casino, a Wyndham “trophy location” boasting 382 guest rooms and luxury suites, 15 food and beverage outlets and 10 retail outlets. Each property experienced revenue and profitability growth under Kleisner’s leadership, while The El San Juan and The Peaks also achieved and maintained coveted AAA 4 Diamond status.

Blessed with an inborn passion for hospitality, Kleisner holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He fills his downtime with a range of interests, including collecting and reading first-edition books, biking, hiking, surfing and travel. He is also an accomplished yogi and amateur photographer.

For more information or to make reservations for the Nines in Portland, please phone 503.222.9996 or visit 

About the Nines 
One of the Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and owned and managed by Sage Hospitality, the Nines is set to be an important element in the revitalization of downtown Portland, Oregon. Opening in September 2008, the Nines will set a new hospitality standard by pursuing LEED Silver Certification from the Green Building Council, one of only a handful of hotels in the U.S. to receive this distinction.  The hotel is situated within the top nine stories of the historic Meier & Frank building, and has original, commissioned art in every room and throughout the hotel.  Beyond the atrium lobby lie 331-guest rooms, 14,000 square-feet of meeting space and a new restaurant: Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse.

About Sage Hospitality 
Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality has strategically grown into one of the largest privately held hotel management and development companies in the nation and is recognized as a leading innovator in the field. During the past eight years, the Denver-based firm has completed more than $600 million in acquisition and development projects, using some of the most unique financing structures in the industry. Sage Hospitality's comprehensive management portfolio includes major international brands as well as independent boutiques and hotels, including the Oxford Hotel in Denver.

In 1997, Sage Hospitality pioneered the company's urban redevelopment initiative converting the blighted Joslin's department store in downtown Denver into a showplace Courtyard by Marriott. Since then, Sage Hospitality has preserved and transformed five additional, underused national landmark buildings into award-winning hotel properties that serve as important catalysts for downtown revitalization. Projects include the historic Blackstone hotel in Chicago and the upcoming Portland hotel the Nines in the historic Meier & Frank building. For more information, please visit 


Antonette Smith

Also See: Sage Hospitality Details Efforts to Earn High Marks for its Eco Friendly Restoration for Portland's Meier & Frank Department Store into The Nines, a 331 room Hotel / July 2007
The Empire Hotel Reopens Following Magnificent Redesign; The 413 room Hotel is One of the Oldest Establishments on New York's Upper West Side Still Operating Under Same Name, Same Location / June 2008

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