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Lesly Connolly Hired as Director, National Associations for
The 483-room Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

June 26, 2012, Hot Springs, Virginia
- The Homestead has announced the appointment of Lesly Connolly as Director, National Associations. Arriving with more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Connolly recently received the PMPI President's Award to recognize her instrumental work over the past year. At The Homestead, her success will continue with a focus on developing fresh and innovative approaches to increase sales at the newly transformed resort.

Connolly joins The Homestead from The Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, where she was a Senior Sales Manager. Previously she served as opening Group Sales Manager at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and as Convention Sales Manager of the DC satellite office of the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has seen much success through her career in sales at various hospitality organizations, including Benchmark Hospitality, Interstate Hotels and independent boutique properties.

An active and engaged professional, Connolly serves as Vice President of Communications for the Potomac Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, which named her to its board and honored her with a Rising Star Award in 2008. The National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals named her Supplier of the Year in 2007.

Connolly earned an Associate of Science degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA.

About The Homestead
Open since 1766, The Homestead is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and Southern charm in a 3,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Renowned for its natural healing springs, The Homestead is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, a world-class spa, three championship golf courses that include one of the nation's finest mountain courses (The Cascades), the South's first downhill ski area, a 48-stable Equestrian Center and show ring, one of the top-rated Shooting Clubs and a wealth of other recreational attractions. The resort is currently undergoing a $25 million transformation. The first phase to be completed in 2012 will include the addition of Allegheny Springs, a new family water complex which includes a children's pool, winterized family pool, whirlpool, sandy beach, three 100-foot water slides, a 400-foot lazy river and private cabanas as well as a new miniature golf course, The Mini Cascades and a tranquil Spa Garden. The second phase to be completed in 2013, will see new dining experiences, including Jefferson Grill, and renovations to the interior of the Spa.

Laura Lopez 
Hawkins International PR
T. (212) 255-6541

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Also See: Lynn Swann Named as Director of Marketing and Communications for The 483-room Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia / April 2012

Tim Bugas Appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing for The 483-room Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia / March 2012

The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia Launches $25 Million Transformation to be Complete Summer 2012 / February 2012

The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia Completes Capital Improvements of $4 million / July 2010

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