MeriStar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: MMH), the nation`s largest independent hotel management company, today announced that Sean C. Worker has joined MeriStar as vice president of sales.
Previously, he was chief operating officer of Maxxim Hotels & Resorts, a Dallas-based hotel management and development company.
In his new position, Worker will be responsible for all sales activities at MeriStar`s 222 managed hotels, directing the six other vice presidents of sales as well as two national account directors. He will report to Hoyt Bacon, chief marketing officer.
``Driving sales and motivating our 1000 sales professionals is as important as ever, and Sean brings a wealth of sales and operating expertise to the table,`` said Bacon. ``He has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked in and/or managed every department ranging from the front desk to accounting. With his range of experience, we expect Sean will play a key role in enhancing sales throughout our portfolio.``
A graduate of the hotel school in his native Galway, Ireland, Worker trained in Germany, Switzerland, England and Ireland. He came to the United States 11 years ago to work with the Medallion Group of Hotels in Houston, Texas, and has since worked with nationally branded properties throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
Before joining Maxxim Hotels & Resorts, he served as vice president of national sales, regional vice president of operations and area director of sales with Bristol Hotels & Resorts, a management company with a 120 properties, ranging from upscale business to family resort profiles.
MeriStar Hotels & Resorts operates 276 hospitality properties with more than 58,000 rooms in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including 54 properties managed by Flagstone Hospitality Management, a subsidiary of MeriStar Hotels & Resorts. Its BridgeStreet Corporate Housing Worldwide subsidiary is one of the world`s largest corporate housing providers, offering upscale, fully furnished corporate housing throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Paris and 39 additional countries through its network partners. Through its Doral Golf division, MeriStar manages 11 golf courses. For more information about MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, visit the company`s Web site: www.meristar.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, about MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, Inc., including those statements regarding future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others. Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including the following: the ability of MeriStar Hotels & Resorts to successfully implement its acquisition and operating strategies; the company`s ability to manage rapid expansion; significant leverage; changes in economic cycles; competition from other hospitality companies; and changes in the laws and government regulations applicable to the company. For a more detailed description of some of those risks and uncertainties, please read the section titled ``Risk Factors`` and ``Forward-Looking Information`` in the annual report on Form 10-K of MeriStar Hotels & Resorts for the year ended December 31, 2000.