Lawrence Lui, Stanford Hotels Corporation Named Developer Of The Year for Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand
The Hilton Hotels & Resorts(R), Doubletree Hotels, Resorts, Guest Suites and Clubs(R) and Embassy Suites Hotels(R) brands recognized the top development champions of 2004 during the Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit, held May 3-6 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hotel development awards across the three brands were presented in four distinct categories: Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Outstanding Achievement and Developer of the Year.
"As the Official Hotel Sponsor of the United States Olympic Team, the Hilton Family is honored to recognize outstanding achievement and celebrate the spirit of competition," said Tom Keltner, president - brand performance and development group, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "Just as our Olympic athletes strive to be higher, faster and stronger, our 2004 development award winners demonstrate that true spirit of competition in the quality of hotels they develop and their commitment to our communities and industry. Together with our hotel developers and combined with our turnkey programs that give them the tools to achieve success, we will perpetuate the Hilton Family momentum of having the largest development pipeline within the industry."
Best Conversion Winners
Hilton - Kenny Gibson, Westmont Hospitality, Hilton Whistler Resort, British Columbia, Canada and the Hilton Suites Airport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Doubletree - Douglas Dreher and Lara Latture, The Hotel Group, Doubletree Norwalk, Conn.
Embassy Suites Hotels - Pritesh Patel and Mitesh Raichada, Synergy Property Management, Embassy Suites Hotel Lubbock, Texas
Hilton - Lawrence Lui, Stanford Hotels Corporation, Hilton Washington Dulles International Airport; Hilton Santa Clara, Calif.; Hilton Suites Boca Raton, Fla.
Doubletree - Amrit Patel, Shirish Patel and Bill O'Connell, Orangewood LLC, Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center, Calif.
Embassy Suites Hotels - John Q. Hammons, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites Hotels in: Hampton, Va.; Huntsville, Ala.; Dallas-Frisco, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Concord, N.C.
"We are delighted to present our full-service hotel development awards as a way to recognize owner commitment to maintaining and building top-quality hotels for our Hilton Family of Hotels," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president - franchise development, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The development business is not easy. These winners have gone beyond the brand standards and have or will soon have hotels that our guests will be proud to call home when traveling. These awards are a means to express appreciation for the owners' brand loyalty and overall dedication to excellence, from the design stage to post-opening."
The Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit offered opportunities for hotel owners and corporate team members to learn, network and build relationships through general sessions, brand-specific meetings, workshops and award presentations.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,200 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties.