DALLAS (Dec. 18, 2002) – Wyndham International, Inc. (AMEX:WBR) is pleased to announce several new management appointments at properties in the Western United States. The Wyndham Buttes Resort, the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza, the U.S. Grant – A Wyndham Historic Hotel, the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, the Wyndham Colorado Springs, the Wyndham Phoenix Airport, the Wyndham Commerce, and the Wyndham Garden Hotel - Chandler all boast new leadership.
“All of these individuals have proven track records at multiple Wyndham properties, they know the brand and commitment to quality, and they have what it takes to make an even greater impact on Wyndham’s guest services in 2003,” said Duane Elledge, senior vice president of operations for the Western region. “This is a fine team of leaders – great assets to both Wyndham and the hospitality industry as a whole.”
John Paul Oliver
Thirteen-year hospitality veteran John Paul Oliver is the new area director of operations for Wyndham’s Area 13, which encompasses the Wyndham Buttes Resort, the Wyndham Garden Hotel – North Phoenix, the Wyndham Garden Hotel – Chandler, and the Wyndham Phoenix Airport. In addition to overseeing the operations of these properties, he has also been named general manager for the 353-room Wyndham Buttes Resort. Oliver takes control of the Tempe, Ariz., resort following his latest role as general manager of the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door® Spa in Telluride, Colo. He began his career with Wyndham eight years ago as general manager of the award-winning Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club and Las Casitas Village in Las Croabas, P.R. Prior to joining Wyndham, Oliver held a variety of management positions with Hyatt Resorts in the Western region of the U.S. The recipient of several top honors for his superior managing abilities, Oliver was named “1998 General Manager of the Year” by Wyndham International in the resorts division and presented with the Wyndham Award of Excellence. In 1997, Travel Concepts magazine voted him “Young Hotelier of the Year.”
Long-time Wyndham veteran Jim Hollister is the newly appointed general manager of two San Diego properties: the 436-room Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza and the 284-room U.S. Grant – A Wyndham Historic Hotel. Hollister had previously served as general manager of the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza for five years before taking on that role at the Wyndham Bel Age in West Hollywood, Calif., as well as area director of operations at the Wyndham Buttes Resort in Tempe, Ariz. In 1997, while at Wyndham San Diego, Hollister was named “Wyndham General Manager of the Year” and helped the hotel earn the honor of being named one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in San Diego by the Ken Blanchard Company in conjunction with the San Diego Business Journal in 2000.
Fred Kleisner II
Fred Kleisner II is the new general manager of three Wyndham resort properties in Telluride, Colo.: the 174-room Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, the 128-room Wyndham Mountain Lodge and 23-room Cabins & Penthouses at The Peaks – A Wyndham Luxury Resort. This luxury destination is his second stop as a Wyndham general manager. Kleisner previously held this position at the Tremont Boston – A Wyndham Historic Hotel. Prior to joining Wyndham, he held sales and marketing positions at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel in Atlanta, The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz., and W Hotels in Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Matthew Huss moves from the position of hotel manager to general manager of the 311-room Wyndham Colorado Springs. He first came to the property in 2000 as food and beverage director and subsequently served as the rooms director and then hotel manager before being placed in his current role overseeing all operations of the Rocky Mountain property. Previously, he held key food and beverage and meeting services positions at the Wyndham Syracuse, the former Inn at Semiahmoo – A Wyndham Resort in Blaine, Wash., and the Wyndham Milwaukee Center. He began his hospitality career in 1984 at South Hills Country Club in Franksville, Wis.
Nine-year hospitality veteran Elizabeth Mueller takes on the top position at the 210-room Wyndham Phoenix Airport. She began her career with Wyndham in 1993 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel – Phoenix Airport and held management positions at various Wyndham Garden properties in Arizona, Illinois and New Mexico for the next seven years. In 2000, she became director of operations at Four Points by Sheraton – Phoenix Metrocenter.
Southern California’s 201-room Wyndham Commerce welcomes 23-year hospitality veteran Clay Andrews as its new general manager. Most recently, Andrews was hotel manager and director of food and beverage at the Wyndham Buttes Resort. Prior to that, he held key food and beverage and meeting services positions at the former Wyndham Los Angeles Airport, the Wyndham Aruba Beach Resort & Casino and the Wyndham-managed Pleasanton Hilton. Andrews’ early industry experience lies in restaurant management and travel/tourism. He was honored by Wyndham International with the Food and Beverage Medal of Honor Award in 1998 and the Director of Food and Beverage of the Year Award in 1999.
Tom Van Winkle
Rounding out the team of new Western region management appointees is eight-year hospitality veteran Tom Van Winkle. Newly appointed to general manager of the 159-room Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chandler, Ariz., Van Winkle most recently served as general manager of the Wyndham Columbus in Columbus, Ga. He first joined Wyndham in 1994 as part of the company’s Management in Development (MID) program in Guest Services at the Wyndham Nashville Airport and moved on to various management positions at Wyndham Garden Hotel in Pleasanton, Calif., Wyndham Sunnyvale, Calif., and the Wyndham Midtown Atlanta. He then served as general manager at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Brookfield, Wis., and the Wyndham Garden Hotel - Pleasanton as well as the Wyndham-managed Pruneyard Inn in Campbell, Calif.
Wyndham International, Inc. offers upscale and luxury hotel and resort accommodations through proprietary lodging brands and a management services division. Based in Dallas, Wyndham International owns, leases, manages and franchises hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.
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