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Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes Top Developers for
Full-service Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites Hotels

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - July 16, 2009 - The Hilton Family of Hotels announced today its top full-service Hilton, Doubletree, and Embassy Suites hotel developers. In addition to Hilton Family Lifetime Achievement and Hilton Family Developer of the Year awards, hotel development awards across each brand are presented in four distinct categories: Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Developer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement.

“Following another year of significant growth for our company, we are extremely proud to recognize our development award winners, who truly have proven their commitment to our mutual standards of excellence, even in the face of current economic and industry challenges,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president - development for the Americas, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “We continue to provide our owner partners with a winning combination of tools to attract, recognize and retain loyal customers, including the Hilton HHonors loyalty program; eEvents online booking for groups; OnQ technology; worldwide reservations systems and cross-selling; third-party distribution; and global sales, marketing and revenue management support, so that together, we may achieve success in the immediate and long-term future.”

The winners in each of the categories are:

Hilton Family Lifetime Achievement

John Q. Hammons, John Q. Hammons Revocable Living Trust: Embassy Suites Hotel Loveland, Colo.
Hilton Family Developer of the Year
Bharat Patel, Sun Development & Management Corporation: Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton properties
Developer of the Year Winners by Brand
Hilton: B. Gene Carter, Western International (Hilton Phoenix/Chandler, Ariz.)
Doubletree: Douglas N. Dreher, The Hotel Group (Doubletree Hotel Cleveland Downtown/Lakeside, Ohio)
Embassy Suites Hotels: Chiman S. Patel, HP Hotel Management (Embassy Suites Miami Downtown)
Best Conversion Winners by Brand
Hilton: Mark Lipschutz, Caribbean Property Group and Ruben Pacheco, Sr., Enjoy Group (Hilton Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica)
Doubletree: Diane Poillon, Willow Valley Associates, Inc. (Doubletree Hotel Lancaster Willow Valley, Pa.)
Embassy Suites Hotels: Keith Coe, Chesterbrook Hotel Company, LLC (Embassy Suites Philadelphia/Valley Forge, Pa.)
Deal of the Year Winners by Brand
Hilton: Charles R. Lathem, ING Clarion Partners (Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Calif.)
Doubletree: Mitch Patel, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. (Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga Downtown, Tenn.)
Embassy Suites Hotels: George Tsunis, Motor Parkway Associates, LLC (Embassy Suites Islandia, Long Island, N.Y.)
Outstanding Achievement Winners by Brand
Hilton: Irene Van Sant, Baltimore Development (Hilton Baltimore, Md.)
Doubletree: Michael T. Sullivan, Milford Hotel Group, LLC (Doubletree Hotel Boston/Milford, Mass.)
Embassy Suites Hotels: Alpesh Patel, Kana Hotel Group (Embassy Suites Jackson/Ridgeland, Miss.)
“We especially wish to recognize John Q. Hammons for his Hilton Family Lifetime Achievement award and Bharat Patel for his Hilton Family Developer of the Year award, and for their respective commitments to a truly unique, long-standing relationship and dedication to developing multiple brands within our Family of Hotels,” said Fortier.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 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, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors.


Hilton Hotels Corporation
JohnForrest Ales, 310-205-7857

Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes Top Developers and Hotels Among Focused Service Brands; Dave Lenz, The North Central Group, Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award / March 2009
Hilton Corporation Recognizes the Best 2007 Hotel Developers for its Full-Service Brands / October 2008
Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes Development Champions; William J. Yung, III, Columbia Sussex Corporation, Named the Hilton Brand Developer of the Year / September 2007



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