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The 108-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Awarded Opening General Manager of the Year and Opening Hotel
of the Year for 2011 for the Marriott Brand

Developed and Owned by BDK Associates and Managed by Hotel Equities

LAKE CHARLES, LA–March 13, 2012
– Marriott International named SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lake Charles, Louisiana the 2011 Opening Hotel of the Year for the entire brand.

Atlanta-based Hotel Equities serves as the management company.  BDK Associates, LLC developed and owns the 108-room property located at 1551 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.  The hotel’s General Manager also earned the brand’s Opening General Manager of the Year.

“Winning this award is a story of teamwork and perseverance!” said Callette Nielsen, VP, Global Brand Management, SpringHill Suites, Marriott International.  “The Lake Charles team overcame obstacles, sold out the hotel on opening night and exceeded their sales goals in three months.  Everyone got involved to get the job done.”

The winning Opening Hotel of the Year must meet financial goals as well as excel in service to its three key stakeholders: its guests, its associates and its investors.

"It's an incredible honor for the SpringHill Suites Lake Charles to be recognized for two top awards for the SpringHill Suites Brand,” said  Glenn Lewis, Marriott International VP Franchise Operations.  “The hotel’s entire team worked tirelessly to open a beautiful hotel. Our guests have given rave reviews on the hotel and the staff who possess that true ‘spirit to serve’ attitude.  Marriott International is extremely proud of this hotel and its exceptional team."

Located just minutes from downtown and five miles from the Lake Charles Regional Airport, the SpringHill Suites Lake Charles offers guests convenient access to L’Auberge DuLac Casino, the Isle of Capri Casino, the Lake Charles Lakefront Boardwalk and McNeese State University.

“With these multiple wins, our team proved they are extraordinary,” said Fred Cerrone, President and CEO of Hotel Equities.  “They pulled together not only to open the hotel, but also to welcome our guests with a true spirit of hospitality.  We applaud their service and accomplishments.”

The hotel offers meeting space to accommodate 250 people, business services, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, and an extensive state-of-the-art fitness center.  The Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages for sale.  The hotel provides a daily complimentary hot breakfast.

For more information or to make reservations, call the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lake Charles directly at 337.474.1112, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888.287.9400, or visit the website at

About Hotel Equities
Hotel Equities (HE) is an Atlanta-based full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm with more than 40 properties presently in its portfolio. Frederick W. Cerrone, CHA, serves as President and CEO.  For more information, visit


Margaret M. Jones
Margaret M. Jones Public Relations

Andrew Pace
Vice President of Development, Hotel Equities
678.578.4444, x 23

Angela Raub
Vice President of Business Development, Hotel Equities
678.578.4444, x 16

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