Hilton recognizes development champions.
Tuesday, 28th October 2008
Source : Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Hotel development awards across the brands were presented in four distinct categories: Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Developer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement.

The Hilton, Doubletree, and Embassy Suites Hotels brands recognized the top development champions of 2007 during the 2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit, held October 13-15 in La Quinta, Calif.

"Following another year of remarkable global growth for our company, we are proud to recognize our 2007 development award winners, who truly have embraced our Hilton Family of Hotels brand promise to ‘be hospitable' and have proven their commitment to our communities and industry," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president - development for the Americas, Hilton Hotels Corporation.

"Together with our hotel developers and combined with our turnkey programs that give them the tools to achieve success, we celebrate, together with our owners, our industry leadership of having one of the largest development pipelines within the industry."

Developer of the Year – Multi-Brand

David Marvin, Legacy Property Group; Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Northeast/Northlake, Hilton Garden Inn® Atlanta Downtown Aquarium

Developer of the Year Winners by Brand

Hilton: Mark Sharkey, Remington; Hilton Atlanta Marietta Conference Center

Doubletree: Robert Kline, Chartres Lodging Group, LLC; Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Embassy Suites: Bharat Patel, Sun Development & Management Corporation; Embassy Suites Ontario Airport/Palmdale/Newark Airport

Best Conversion Winners by Brand

Hilton: Warren Fields, Pyramid Hotel Group; Hilton Stamford, Conn.

Doubletree: Jon Hempel, Hempel Properties, Inc.; The Hotel Minneapolis – A Doubletree Hotel

Embassy Suites: Pace Cooper, Cooper Hotels; Embassy Suites Detroit/Airport

Deal of the Year Winners by Brand

Hilton: Arif Amlani, Prestige Hospitality Inc.; Hilton Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada

Doubletree: Robert Indeglia Jr., Magna Hotel Fund; Doubletree Hotel New York City – Wall Street Area

Embassy Suites Hotels: Nicholas "Nick" Massad, Jr., American Liberty Hospitality, Inc.; Embassy Suites Houston Downtown

Outstanding Achievement Winner by Brand

Hilton: C. David Curry, Hobbs & Curry Family Limited Partnership; Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square

Doubletree by Hilton®: Yukiko Nakayama, Desatur Cariari, S.A.; Doubletree Cariari by Hilton San Jose, Costa Rica

Embassy Suites: Carola de Homsany & Ezra Homsany, Carola de Homsany & Family; Embassy Suites by Hilton® Panama

"We are delighted to present these awards to developers who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in developing hotels within our family of brands that will exceed our guests' expectations for gracious hospitality and excellent value," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president – franchise development, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "We thank each of these developers for their commitment to maintaining and building top-quality hotels for our Hilton Family of Hotels."
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