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Sage Hospitality Appoints Michael Hatzfeld as General Manager

of Il Lugano in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

August 29, 2011 (Denver, CO) - Sage Hospitality has announced the appointment of Michael Hatzfeld as General Manager of il Lugano in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The son of a career hotelier who has been drawn to hospitality throughout his life, Hatzfeld is responsible for all operations of the newest member of the hotel group's Premier & Lifestyle Division, including guest services, sales and marketing, and dining operations including da Campo Osteria Italian restaurant.

"Michael brings over 20 years of hospitality experience and proven expertise to our South Florida operations," said Alexandra Walterspiel, Senior Vice President of Premier & Lifestyle Division at Sage Hospitality. "We're delighted to have him on board as we expand our portfolio of exceptional addresses across the country."


Born and raised in a hotel family, Hatzfeld studied hospitality at the college level, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1989.  He took his first job in Europe with ITT Sheraton, headed to the hotel group's Asia Pacific Division shortly thereafter, returned to Europe with Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and then joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 1999.


Over 11 years with Starwood in Europe and North America, Hatzfeld held top management positions including Hotel Manager of The Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria (1999-2004); General Manager of the St. Regis Aspen Resort & Residences (2004-2006); General Manager of the St. Regis Fort Lauderdale Resort (2006-2008); and General Manager of the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort in Park City, Utah (2008-2010).


Outside of il Lugano, Hatzfeld resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife and daughter, pursuing an active lifestyle that includes cycling, mountain biking, running and hiking as well as enjoying fine food and wine.

About Sage Hospitality
Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality has strategically grown into one of the largest privately held hotel management companies in the nation operating a variety of large, full-service hotels and extended-stay and select-service properties.  Sage Hospitality's comprehensive management portfolio includes major international brands for Marriott, Starwood, Hilton and IHG as well as the independent boutique hotels.  Sage Hospitality has further differentiated with the creation of the Sage Restaurant Group, which has created and is managing 10 unique restaurant concepts including the acclaimed Mercat a la Planxa in Chicago. For more information, visit

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