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New GM for Crowne Plaza Ravinia

Crestline Hotels &
Resorts, Inc. today announced the promotion of Craig Hillyard as General
Manager for the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hillyard is
a senior executive with over 20 years of hospitality experience and
expertise in profit improvement, operations, asset management, strategic
planning, revenue management and team development. Mr. Hillyard has a
proven track record with Crestline Hotels and Resorts at the Atlanta
Marriott Gwinnett Place, where he was General Manager since 2000.
“We are delighted that Craig has accepted this opportunity to manage one
of Atlanta’s premiere hotels,” said Dave Durbin, President and CEO of
Crestline Hotels & Resorts. “The Crowne Plaza Ravinia is adjacent to the
corporate headquarters of Intercontinental Hotels Group and is an
extremely important hotel for the parent brand as well as for Crestline.
We know that with Craig’s superior performance record he will insure the
continued excellence of this property,” added Durbin.

Mr. Hillyard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison
University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated at the top of his
class with a degree in Hotel Administration. He has been with Crestline
Hotels & Resorts since 2000 where he has excelled as the General Manager
of the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place. During his tenure, he grew market
penetration by 20 index points over a two-year period. Prior to the
Marriott, he was General Manager for Starwood Hotels & Resorts at the
Westin Atlanta North and the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, both located in
Atlanta. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he was a General Manager with
Interstate Hotels Corporation at the Valley Forge Marriott Suites in PA.
Mr. Hillyard began his hospitality career with ITT-Sheraton Corporation in
1982. He has recently been recognized by Marriott for his “Superior Owner
Relations” and was recognized in 2002 by the Gwinnett Convention and
Visitors Bureau as “General Manager of the Year.” He presently serves as
Treasurer of the Gwinnett CVB. Mr. Hillyard can be reached at (770)
395-7700 or via email at [email protected]

The Crowne Plaza Ravinia

Conveniently located on Atlanta’s northern rim near Perimeter Mall, this
hotel is adjacent to Fortune 500 companies, abundant shopping, dining, and
entertainment opportunities. In addition, it is minutes by car or by MARTA
(Atlanta’s rapid rail system) from historic Buckhead, Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport and Atlanta’s attractions. The hotel offers 495
guest rooms, including 43 suites, and over 32,000 square feet of meeting
space. It is set within a beautiful Japanese Garden and offers guests a
fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, two
restaurants, and a business center. For more information or reservations
visit, or call: 770-395-7700.