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S. Lee Bowden, CHA, Named General Manager of the 216-room
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Bedford, Pennsylvania

Bedford, PA (January 24, 2012)
- The Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa has appointed S. Lee Bowden, CHA, as General Manager.  A passionate professional with 30 years of management experience at hotels and resorts around the world, Bowden oversees all operations at the historic address in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

"We are fortunate to bring Lee's knowledge and passion to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort," said Eric DeStefano, Regional Vice President of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "I'm confident he will add much value while taking the guest experience to new heights."

Bowden began his career in the sales department at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, where he was first a Convention Services Manager, then a Sales Manager. He moved on to the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, where he jumped from Director of Sales & Marketing to Resident Manager in just two years. His knowledge and passion led him to the positions of Vice President and General Manager at the Carambola Beach Resort in St. Croix and The Equinox in Manchester, VT; Managing Director at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY; and President and Managing Director of the Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, CO.

Bowden has served on the Resort Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Board of Directors, in addition to other organizations including the Vermont Lodging and Restaurant Association, New England Innkeepers Association, Adirondack Chamber of Commerce, Lake George Convention and Visitors Bureau, and New York State Hospitality and Restaurant Association.

Bowden earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Spanish from Hobart College and a Masters of Professional Study with an emphasis in Marketing from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where he also participated in the Advanced Management Program.

Whether for relaxation or recreation, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort offers 216 guest rooms and suites, eight natural mineral springs, five restaurants, the 30,000 square-foot Springs Eternal Spa, myriad diversions from monthly wine dinners to on-site biking trails, and a quintessential "American Classic" golf course. The resort's Old Course was recently honored as one of the "Top 100 Resort Courses" in the US by Golfweek magazine, and the property was awarded one of the "500 World's Best Resorts" in 2012 by Travel + Leisure.
About the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa
The Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa is a 2,200-acre luxury hideaway located in Pennsylvania's scenic Allegheny Mountain region. The resort recently underwent a $120 million renovation, adding a contemporary look and feel to the property while preserving its remarkable history. The 216-room resort surrounds eight natural mineral springs, which serve as the foundation for its world-class Springs Eternal Spa - one of only a handful of spas in the U.S. to utilize natural spring water in all of its treatments. Over the past 200 years, Bedford Springs has served as a meeting place for numerous U.S. Presidents and dignitaries, including Daniel Webster, Andrew Jackson, and Zachary Taylor. Omni Bedford Springs features a phenomenal range of amenities and activities, including an indoor spring-fed swimming pool; award-winning golf course; and casual and fine dining options. In addition, guests can enjoy mountain nature trails for hiking and biking, fly fishing, volleyball, tennis, and more.

Media contact:
Tim Bugas
(814) 624-5618

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Michelle Munick
 (212) 255-6541

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