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Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Colorado Appoints Syd Sexton
as Area Director of Sales and Catering

DENVER, Colo., January, 2011 - The Ritz-Carlton, Denver and The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch are honored to announce the seasoned leadership of Denver-based Syd Sexton, to spearhead catering sales and strategic business development on behalf of the renowned hotels – both of which bear the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating.
Ms. Sexton’s illustrious career in hospitality and most recently, as president and co-owner of a high-profile, Mile High City-based event production/catering company creating multi-faceted events for up to 10,000 guests and managing a team responsible for more than $5million in annual revenues, spans an acclaimed cross-section of businesses and brands aligned with the caliber of the Ritz-Carlton.

“Syd’s decision to join our team and avail her breadth of expertise and reputation in the industry to The Ritz-Carlton hotels of Colorado is exciting,” states Andrew Rogers, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. “We’re certain that her passion will continue to foster a strong relationship between our distinctive sister hotels.”

Her extensive background as a savvy sales and event director have led to an array of professional highlights --including intimate productions for captains of industry, as well as the execution of relief efforts to benefit victims of the Tsunami, Katrina and Haiti; two nods of corporate-wide Catering Director of the Year and multi-year invite as a professional speaker at The International Special Event Conference among others.

Having achieved a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston in Texas, Sexton’s comprehensive relative experience also includes internal Hotel Management and Apprentice Chef training programs.  A resident of Denver for more than 23 years, when not directing dynamic sales strategies, Syd is most proud of her two children, Alexandra (17), senior at Chaparral High School, and Tim, (21), a senior at Colorado State University.  An avid runner, she has completed seven full marathons across the country, enjoys honing her culinary skills and is continually challenged by the game of golf.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings which include Toronto and Hong Kong, the tallest hotel in the world. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:  MAR)

Allyson Fredeen
Public Relations Coordinator
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
1881 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303.312.3826
Fax: 303.648.6154
Cell: 303.330.1013

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