Andy Slater, who most recently served as area vice president of South Texas for Hilton Hotels Corporation`s hotel division, has been named area vice president - new projects Hilton Austin/Houston.
He reports to Ken Smith, senior vice president for Hilton Hotels Corporation`s hotel division.
The Hilton Americas - Houston will contain 1,200 rooms, 90,000 square feet of meeting space and will open in November 2003.
In his new position, Slater will manage the entire pre-opening process, which will include operation issues, as well as corporate functions. Slater will be involved in all aspects of pre-opening until a general manager is assigned to each hotel.
A 23-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Slater began his career at the Stouffer Dayton Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio in 1978. From 1981 - 1988, Slater held various management positions with several Stouffer locations including Dayton, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; Lake Lanier, Georgia; and St. Louis, Missouri. He joined Doubletree Hotels in 1988 and has served as general manager of properties in Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Pasadena and Scottsdale. Slater`s most recent position was managing director for Doubletree Guest Suites and all Promus properties in Austin, Texas.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Slater serves on the board of directors of the Austin Hotel Association, and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Previous appointments include presidencies of the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Salt Lake Valley Hotel/Motel Association, and vice president of the Kansas City Hotel/Motel Association.