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Melissa Stiltz of Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Receives Roger J. Dow Sales Excellence Award


SAN DIEGO, Sept. 11, 2009 - Melissa Stiltz, Sales Manager for the East Coast Region of the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, is the 2009 recipient of the distinguished Roger J. Dow Sales Excellence Award.

The national award, presented annually by Marriott International, Inc., goes to the sales associate who best embodies the spirit and energy of the company's sales culture.

As the sales manager for the East Coast region, handling all groups booking 26 rooms or more at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, Melissa Stiltz became Marriott Gaslamp's highest revenue producing sales manager. She started with the company in 2006 as small group sales manager and was promoted to her current position the following year.

Above and beyond the exceptional service Stiltz always provides, the award recognizes, in part, her tireless efforts to provide special care for First American Military, Inc., an organization that brought together US Special Forces families that had lost loved ones in Afghanistan. Upon learning that this group represented the largest loss of life for US Special Forces in United States history, Stiltz worked with her company to donate 30 rooms at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. She also helped organize special recognition at a Padres baseball game for those killed and for the lone survivor of Operation Redwing, the counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan performed by SEALs and Special Operations Forces.

"Melissa has a kind nature and an impressive worth ethic," said Kim McCarthy, Director of Sales and Marketing. "We're always receiving letters from guests and meeting planners thanking Melissa for making their experience with San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter so enjoyable."

About the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and ALTITUDE Sky Lounge, and Soleil @k
Since opening in 2005, the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter has treated visitors to urban chic, San Diego cool and unexpectedly Marriott. Marriott Gaslamp's food and beverage operations include the popular rooftop bar ALTITUDE Sky Lounge and dining hotspot, Soleil @k.

Twenty-two stories high, ALTITUDE Sky Lounge is the highest and hippest open-air rooftop bar in the region. Set 263 feet above ground level and on the 22nd floor of the stylish Marriott Gaslamp Quarter hotel, ALTITUDE is the region's tallest open-air bar and boasts one of the city's best views overlooking PETCO Park, Coronado Bay Bridge and the downtown skyline. Visit

Soleil @k delivers exciting, modern California-style cuisine.

Specialties include a slow-roasted rotisserie-jadori chicken, mouth-watering grass-fed beef, succulent seafood and heavenly desserts.

The restaurant's design is modern, warm and inviting with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls encouraging diners to take pleasure in the elegance of indoor dining area or the airy casualness of the outdoor patio. For more information about Soleil @k, visit


Kirsten Winter
Castle Advertising
for San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Also See: Jim Durbin Named 2008 Outstanding General Manager of the Year by the California Hotel & Lodging Association / March 2009

California Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes Stars of the Industry; Jack Campbell Inducted into the CH&LA Hall of Fame / April 2008

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