A.J. Jabbour Appointed at Fort Lauderdale`s Riverside

PRNewswire FORT LAUDERDALE Oct. 20 :

A.J. Jabbour—who has managed luxury hotels in Tenafly, N.J., New York
City, Minneapolis, Boston and Ohio—has been appointed general manager
of the historic Riverside Hotel.
FORT LAUDERDALE Oct. 20 :

A.J. Jabbour—who has managed luxury hotels in Tenafly, N.J., New York
City, Minneapolis, Boston and Ohio—has been appointed general manager
of the historic Riverside Hotel.

“A.J. has a long history of successfully managing major hotels that, like
the Riverside, serve the local community and visitors alike,” said Bob Van
Fleet, President of The Las Olas Company Inc., which owns the Riverside
Hotel.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to manage a landmark hotel in the
heart of one of the country`s most exciting cities,” said Jabbour. “The
hotel is beautiful and ideally located and I am impressed by the staff`s
professionalism and commitment to guest services.”

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Jabbour said his plans for the future include expanding the marketing
efforts of the hotel and its first-class facilities to corporate clients
and to the community at large.

“The Riverside Hotel has a great potential to meet the needs and
expectations of the corporate market and to be the location of choice for
our community`s many prestigious social events,” Jabbour said.

Jabbour comes to the Riverside Hotel from Tenafly, N.J., where he was
regional manager for Concord Hospitality, with responsibility for three
hotels, and general manager of the Clinton Inn Hotel. Prior to that, he
held various managerial positions at four prestigious Omni Hotels—the
Parker House in Boston, the Omni Park Central and Omni Berkshire Place in
New York City and the Omni Marquette, a preferred hotel, in Minneapolis.
Before joining Omni, he was general manager for the Winegardner & Hammons
Inc. hotel chain based in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Jabbour added that he intends to be active in local community
organizations as he has been in the other cities where he has worked. Most
recently, he was president of the Chamber of Commerce of Tenafly and a
mayoral appointee to the board of Tenafly Downtown Revitalization. He is a
graduate of Cornell University with a degree in hotel administration. He
and his wife, Pam, have a son Patrick, 14.

The Riverside Hotel, which opened in 1936 and has undergone extensive
expansion, renovation and modernization, is the only hotel serving
downtown Fort Lauderdale. It is situated at the juncture of the Las Olas
shopping and entertainment district and downtown`s office and residential
skyscrapers and convenient to the airport, seaport and Fort Lauderdale`s
famous beaches.

A recent $25 million expansion and renovation project, including the
addition of a new 12-story Executive Tower, expands the Riverside`s
meeting and banquet facilities to more than 11,000 square feet and guest
capacity to 221 penthouse suites, suites and rooms.

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