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Buffalo Lodging Associates Appoints Rita Abney as Director of Sales
for the Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport in St. Louis, Missouri

BUFFALO, NY (June 28, 2011)
– Buffalo Lodging Associates, LLC, a hotel development and 3rd party management company, is proud to announce that Rita Abney has been hired as director of sales for Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport. The hotel is located at 1881 Craigshire Road in St. Louis, Missouri.

A hospitality professional with more than 16 years of experience, Ms. Abney joins the Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport hotel from the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center in Chesterfield, Missouri, where she was working as a sales manager. Rita’s previous experience includes two years as the group and catering sales manager for the St. Louis Marriott West hotel, and two years as director of sales for the Residence Inn of O’Fallon, Missouri. She began her hospitality career as an executive assistant for Marriott International hotels in St. Louis, and was promoted twice over the course of ten years, first to sales manager, then to account executive.

Rita grew up in Lancaster, Ohio and relocated to the Hazelwood area of St. Louis in the late 1980’s. She currently resides in O’Fallon, Missouri with her ten-year old son, who keeps her busy traveling with his BMX race team.

“We are very excited to have Rita on our team,” stated Connie Foote, corporate director of sales and marketing. “She has a proven track record of sales success and a wealth of Marriott experience and systems knowledge, “added Foote.

Features and amenities of Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport include the brand’s free, daily hot breakfast with a new menu and healthy choices, complimentary high-speed Internet access in all suites, complimentary evening socials Monday through Thursday featuring light evening fare and beverages, plus weekly BBQs in the summer months. Other unique features include an outdoor patio with a fire pit, half-court basketball, free grocery delivery service and a convenient in-lobby market open 24-hours for food, drinks and toiletries.

All suites at Residence Inn St. Louis-Westport feature high quality furnishings, flat screen HDTV's and fully equipped kitchens, including full size appliances such as a refrigerator with icemaker, an oven with stovetop burners, a microwave, coffee maker and dishwasher.<>

To request information about Residence Inn® by Marriott® St. Louis-Westport, travelers may call (314) 469-0060, access the hotel’s website at or call 1-800-331-3131.

Buffalo Lodging Associates owns and operates hotels throughout the Eastern United States and Ontario, Canada. A fully integrated hotel development and management organization, Buffalo Lodging provides operations, marketing, accounting, architectural, construction and MIS services for its own account as well as providing third-party management for outside owners and investors. The company is equipped to develop, construct and manage properties, and is constantly seeking new opportunities throughout the country. For more information about Buffalo Lodging Associates’ management services or group of award-winning hotels, please visit


Krista L Glenn
Marketing Manager
Buffalo Lodging Associates
(716) 878-9697

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