Hilton Launches New Team to Handle Needs of Dallas Corporate Travel Planners

DALLAS, Sep 24, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Joe Palmieri, Area Vice President, and Lee Hambrick, Regional Director Sales & Marketing and Operations Hilton Hotels Corporation, have announced the formation of the Hilton Family of Brands Dallas Business Travel Sales Team (Dallas BTS). The team, composed of four seasoned hospitality sales professionals, offers a total travel solution to corporate travel planners throughout the Dallas Metroplex.
Key benefits for corporate travel planners include a “one stop shop” for all corporate travel planning; assistance with business inquiries for all Hilton family brands hotels and access to information to monitor business travel program compliance. Clients are guaranteed quality products and services provided by Dallas Hilton corporate owned/managed hotels for every guest during every stay; and business travelers enrolled in the Hilton HHonors guest reward program are awarded points and miles for every qualifying stay at hotels. Membership to HHonors is free at www.Hiltonhonors.com.
Participating Dallas area hotels include: Doubletree Hotel Campbell Centre (Central Expressway at Northwest Hwy); Doubletree Club Hotel Dallas - Farmers Branch (on Luna Road at I 635); Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Plano (North Dallas Parkway at Legacy); Doubletree Hotel Lincoln Centre (Dallas Tollway and I 635 adjacent to the Galleria); Hampton Inn West Inn (downtown - Elm at Griffin); Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center (Hwy 26 just north of DFW International Airport); and the new Hilton Suites Dallas North (Noel Rd at I 635 adjacent to the Galleria) opening fall of 2002.
“The Dallas BTS Team further illustrates the power of the Hilton family of brands, by having participating Doubletree, Hilton, and Hampton hotels join forces to enhance service for our corporate customers and make it easier to do business with Hilton hotels in the Dallas Metroplex,” Palmieri says. “The new service allows our customers one contact to handle all their business needs for all participating hotels. With only one call, they can obtain access to a variety of hotels, business travel services and corporate programs. The service provides participating hotels support and assistance for over 250 corporate customers to broaden their sales and marketing presence in the Dallas marketplace,” he added.

Karen Wilson has been appointed Area Director of the new team. Wilson has served in numerous sales and marketing positions with Hilton, including Director of Sales at Doubletree Lincoln Centre and Director of Marketing and Sales at Doubletree Campbell Centre. Over the past several years, she has held numerous leadership roles within the Hilton corporate family, including managing the Dallas Marketing Cluster, Hilton Dallas Hotels Top Account Annual Golf Tournament and serving on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Regional Co-Op Marketing team.
BTS Dallas Area Managers include Leslie Campbell, former Business Travel Sales Manager at Doubletree Lincoln Centre; Sherrill McClean, former Business Travel Sales Manager at Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Plano - Legacy Town Center; and Phil Ruais, former Business Travel Sales Manager at Hampton Inn West End Dallas.
Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts and Clubs and Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites are part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, an internationally recognized, preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,000 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world`s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Homewood Suites by Hilton.