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Three Associates of Denver Hyatt Hotels, Monica Cheeks, Skip Harless,
and Robert Kasnekaw, are Recognized by Hyatt Hotels for their
Outstanding Service and Dedication

Denver, CO, April 18, 2011 - Three associates of Hyatt Hotels of Denver Downtown; Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Denver, have been acknowledged by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts worldwide for their outstanding service and dedication:

Hyatt Regency Denver’s Monica Cheeks named Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Director of Catering of the Year: Monica Cheeks began her Hyatt career 28 years ago at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, gaining extensive experience in all facets of food and beverage operations. She opened Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center five years ago as the Director of Catering/Convention Services. In 2010, Hyatt Regency Denver was recognized by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as “Catering Team of the Year.”

Hyatt Regency Denver’s Skip Harless named Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Rooms Executive of the Year: With Hyatt since 1989 at the DFW Airport Hyatt, Skip Harless worked his way up through the Rooms Division in eight different Hyatt Hotels, including Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, and was named Hyatt’s Rooms Executive of the Year in 2006 as well. He moved to Denver in July of 2007 as Executive Assistant Manager of Hyatt Regency Denver.

Grand Hyatt Denver’s Robert Kasnekaw named Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Director of Food and Beverage of the Year: Eleven years ago, Robert Kasnekaw was chosen to be a Corporate Management Trainee at Hyatt Regency Reston. He assisted with the opening of Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego to then become the director of food and beverage at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee before moving to Grand Hyatt Denver in 2007 as Director of Food & Beverage.

“Hyatt Hotels prides itself on the professionalism of its staff. Considering that the company’s worldwide portfolio consists of 453 properties, these awards are truly outstanding and well-deserved recognitions,” commented Ed Bucholtz, general manager of Hyatt Regency Denver.

Each of these awards was categorized by Hyatt according to room count: 400 rooms and under, 400-599 rooms and over 600 rooms. With 1,100 rooms, Hyatt Regency Denver falls into the large hotel category and Grand Hyatt Denver at 516 rooms in the medium size hotel category.

About Hyatt Regency Denver
The 1,100 room Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, opened just five years ago, is one of the region’s largest hotels. Sleek and contemporary in design, it is located just one block from the 16th Street Mall pedestrian promenade and adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center. Guest rooms are modern and each features the Hyatt Grand Bed as well as LCD flat screen televisions and a host of amenities. All of its guest rooms offer outstanding views; some overlooking the gold-domed State Capitol with Pikes Peak in the distance and others the Rocky Mountain front range. A 1820 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center is further enhanced by the Spa Universaire, an indoor lap-pool and outdoor sun deck and whirlpool. In addition to Altitude Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Denver provides two lounges: Strata Bar located in the lobby and the 27th floor Peaks Lounge overlooking the Mile High City. The hotel features over 60,600 square feet of versatile meeting and event space.

About Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver is ideally located one block from the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian promenade and in the heart of downtown Denver’s business and financial district. It is walking distance to some of the Mile High City’s best attractions and features 516 guest rooms, one of the region’s most spacious accommodations. Each boasts high-speed internet access, well-lit work stations, marble touched baths with over-sized showers, soft leather furnishings and the Hyatt Grand Bed. The indoor pool, 24-hour fitness facility and outdoor whirlpool overlooking the city are free to Hyatt guests. In addition to 1876 Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, in-room dining is available around the clock. Included in Grand Hyatt Denver’s over 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space is three large ballrooms and sixteen meeting rooms as well as the renowned Pinnacle Club by Grand Hyatt. From its lofty perch on the 38th floor of the adjoining office tower, the entire Rocky Mountain front range is clearly visible through floor to ceiling windows. Grand Hyatt Denver is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond rating of excellence and the Pinnacle Club holds The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” for two consecutive years as well as the “Bride’s Choice” award from

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Maryann Yuthas
Hyatt Hotels of Denver Downtown
(303) 603-4095



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