|By Karen Robinson-Jacobs, The Dallas
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January 8, 2010--A regional vice president of Omni Hotels & Resorts has been named general manager of Omni Hotel Dallas, the $500 million project under construction next to the Dallas Convention Center.
Ed Netzhammer, who oversees hotel operations in California and Texas, also will serve as general manager for the 23-story, 1,000-room hotel set to open in early 2012, Irving-based Omni said Thursday.
Netzhammer, 47, joined Omni in 2002 and supervised the opening of two other hotels adjacent to convention centers: the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, which opened a year ago, and the Omni San Diego Hotel.
He joined the Dallas team Monday, days before the city is to host an annual meeting of a convention planners' trade group. With no hotel to show off, members of the Professional Convention Management Association will see schematics of the hotel meeting space and a 4-foot-wide acrylic model.
A viewing station was created near a convention center window that overlooks the construction site, Netzhammer said.
Netzhammer will be able to say the project is "on time and on budget," said lead developer Jack Matthews, president of Matthews Southwest. "You'll be able to walk around the first floor in six to seven weeks," he said.
Filling out the hotel's leadership team is industry veteran Harold "Q" Queisser, 59, as marketing director. He joins Omni after more than 30 years with Marriott Hotels. Ramses Meijer will be sales director, a post he held at Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas.
Dallas will be the fifth of Omni's 45 hotels attached or adjacent to a convention center.
Omni also announced its "signature" restaurant in the city-owned hotel will be a Bob's Steak & Chop House. The status of the restaurant became clouded when the brand's founder, Bob Sambol, was charged with theft in March after a business deal went south. That case is pending.
"It's a completely separate situation, and we hope it turns out for the best for him," said Omni spokeswoman Caryn Kboudi. Omni owns the rights to half of the Bob's brand name.
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