News for the Hospitality Executive
Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes
Top Developers and
Hotels Among Focused Service Brands
Dave Lenz, The North Central Group, Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--March 4, 2009 - Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the top developers and hotels among owners of its focused service brands, including Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by Hilton®.
Each brand recognized a Developer of the Year, Best Conversion, Deal of the Year and Outstanding Achievement for the developers who had the greatest number of project approvals or who developed one or more unique hotels that helped enhance the brand’s image in 2008.
Together, the brands also recognized a Multi-Brand Developer of the Year who made significant contributions to the Hilton Family of Hotels with the most number of project approvals in 2008, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for longevity in the hospitality development arena and loyalty to the Hilton Family of Hotels. To be considered, all hotels in the candidates’ Hilton Family portfolio had to be rated high-quality and in good status, and could represent a combination of new projects, renovations and conversions.
The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dave LenzThe recipients of the Developer of the Year award are:
Multi-Brand Award Winner
Champak PatelHilton Garden Inn
Steve GuptaHomewood Suites by Hilton
Mehul PatelHampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton also presented awards for Deal of the Year and Best Conversion, which recognizes the tremendous commitment of time and effort many owners devoted to building a particular brand’s hotel and converting an existing hotel to the particular brand.
The recipients of the Deal of the Year award
Bernie WolfsonHilton Garden Inn
Robert Rauch and Joe SimoneHomewood Suites by Hilton
Jeffery SalinettiThe recipients of the Best Conversion award are:
Nayan PatelHilton Garden Inn
Walt K. MyersHomewood Suites by Hilton
David BuffamIn addition, each Hilton Family focused-service brand presented an Outstanding Achievement Award to recognize the developer’s support of the focused-service brands of Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton. Each recipient has demonstrated commitment to growing the respective brands and the Hilton Family by investing in the development of new hotel projects.
The Outstanding Achievement award winners are:
Pierre VaradiHilton Garden Inn
John D. & Allan GantesHomewood Suites by Hilton
Tom Torgerson“We are extremely pleased to present Mitch Patel with the Multi-Brand Developer of the Year Award and Dave Lenz with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Craig Mance, senior vice president – franchise development, U.S., Canada & Mexico, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “The accolade represents our appreciation of their exemplary commitment to excellence in hotel development, loyalty to our Hilton Family and commendable longevity in the development arena.”
Lifetime Achievement AwardHilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,200 hotels and 545,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Home2 Suites by Hilton™ and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.
|Also See:||Hilton Corporation Recognizes the Best 2007 Hotel Developers for its Full-Service Brands / October 2008|
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|Hilton Hotels Names Top Developers for Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Brands / March 2007|