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Brett Boreing & Linda
Poole Named to Lead the Sales, Marketing & Catering Efforts at
Austin’s Historic Driskill Hotel
Austin, TX – May 12, 2009– John Spomer, managing director for The Driskill Hotel, recently announced that Brett Boreing was appointed director of sales and marketing for the historic property and that Linda Poole joins the hotel as director of catering.
With more than 15 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries, Boreing brings a unique combination of food and beverage, marketing and sales background to The Driskill. His expertise mainly has been with independent hotels and resorts across the country such as the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. He joins The Driskill most recently having worked for the 265-room property located along the famed San Antonio Riverwalk.
Boreing’s background in independent properties also includes Virginia Crossing Resort in Richmond, Va., The Northland Inn in Minneapolis, Minn., The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Va., and Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. He began working in hospitality after a number of successful years working in the restaurant industry in Colorado and Wyoming.
Boreing has received a number of accolades from past employers including director of sales and marketing of the year and sales leader of the year. He attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he majored in business.
Linda Poole joins The Driskill to oversee all catering and conference service programs for the historic property. As director of catering, she will focus on providing service to groups and meetings that book at The Driskill, as well as ramping up the social, catering and weddings business at the property.
An Austin resident for nearly 25 years, Poole joins the hotel from Ernst & Young where she was responsible for a $4.5 million catering sales budget each year. Prior to handling marketing and events for Ernst & Young, Poole worked in catering and sales for a number of hotels in the Austin area including the Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin Hotel and the Austin Marriott at the Capitol.
Poole is very active in the community and personally supports organizations such as the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, Hospice Austin and Ballet Austin Guild.
For more information on group and meeting business or to host a catering or social function at The Driskill Hotel, please contact the sales department at 800-252-9367.
The 189-room Driskill Hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jessie Driskill. One of the oldest historic buildings in the state, The Driskill stands as a landmark of Texas hospitality. Over the years, The Driskill has hosted inaugural balls for many Texas Governors and lavish events for international dignitaries. It was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson who held many election night events at The Driskill and where he took the future Lady Bird Johnson on their first date.
The hotel features a Historic Wing with soaring ceilings, elaborate woodwork and balconies and a Traditional Wing that was built in 1929 featuring art deco design elements that capture the vibrant colors of the Texas Hill Country. Guests can dine at the five-star Driskill Grill that is consistently rated among the best restaurants in the state or choose from 1886 Café and Bakery featuring all day dining and savory pastries. The hotel also offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness studio and massage treatments rooms. The legendary hotel is situated at the epicenter of Austin’s business and entertainment districts at the corner of 6th and Brazos Street and is conveniently located near the capitol building and convention center.
The Driskill Hotel is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the seventh largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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