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New GM for Louisville Marriott Downtown

White Lodging Services
officially announced Jon Peck as General Manager of the new 617-room
Louisville Marriott Downtown. Scheduled to open April 2005, the new
convention hotel is part of a comprehensive revitalization effort taking
place in the City’s downtown district. “We are committed to playing a key role in the ongoing ‘Renaissance’ of
downtown Louisville,” stated Peck. “Our team looks forward to combining
the best of Marriott with the best of Louisville to create a world class
lodging experience in the heart of this historic city.”

Peck joins White Lodging Services after 18 years with Marriott
International where he was involved with five hotel openings and two
conversions. He is the recipient of many notable accolades, including the
Marriott General Manager Leadership Award which he received in his most
recent position as general manager of the 504-room Marriott Frenchman’s
Reef and Morningstar Beach Resorts in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Prior
to this position, he was the general manager at the Costa Rica Marriott in
San Jose where under his leadership the hotel was awarded the prestigious
Alice Marriott Award.

Peck’s vast sales and marketing experience includes positions as: Area
Director of Sales and Marketing for Central America, Venezuela, Ecuador
and Colombia; Opening Director of Marketing for the Costa Rica Marriott
and the Los Suenos Marriott and Resort (which was selected most Successful
Hotel Opening in 2000); Director of Incentive Marketing, Marriott National
Accounts; and Director of Corporate Sales at the San Antonio Rivercenter
Marriott. He started his career in 1986 as a sales manager at the Atlanta
Marriott Downtown. Prior to joining Marriott, he worked with independent
restaurants and hotels in a variety of operational positions.

A dedicated travel and tourism advocate, Peck has served on the Board of
Directors for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, where he also
served as Vice President of Finance for the Association. While in the St.
Thomas area, he also served on the board for the St. Thomas-St. John Hotel

The Louisville Marriott Downtown is scheduled to open in early spring 2005
and will create more than 500 jobs in the city and surrounding counties.
It is located at 280 West Jefferson Street, directly across from and
connected to the Kentucky International Convention Center. The hotel will
feature more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including the
21,000 square foot grand Louisville Ballroom, and will offer a
state-of-the-art business center with high-speed internet access, three
restaurants, a lounge, an indoor pool, and an oversized health club.


The downtown location of the new Louisville Marriott places it in the
heart of the shopping, dining and entertainment district of the city. The
hotel is just blocks away from the new 4th Street Live entertainment and
shopping development, Waterfront Park, and Louisville Slugger Field, and
is just 10 minutes from Louisville International Airport.