October 29, 2013 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, Va. – Embassy Suites Hotels and Sun Development & Management Corporation are pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Fowlkes as general manager and Linda Olson as director of sales at Embassy Suites Elizabeth – Newark Airport in New Jersey, scheduled to open in January 2014. Fowlkes and Olson collectively bring years of hospitality experience to their new roles, both having previously worked at hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. A team of approximately 50 team members is expected to join them upon the hotel’s opening.
"We’re thrilled to be nearing the opening of Embassy Suites Elizabeth – Newark Airport, a hotel constructed in the innovative and flexible Design Option III prototype," said John Rogers, global head of Embassy Suites Hotels. "Fowlkes and Olson will play an important part in bringing the upscale Embassy Suites experience to this bustling market."
Fowlkes brings more than 20 years of extensive hospitality experience to this position. He is a thirteen-year Hilton Worldwide veteran and has held general manager and regional positions since 2003. Fowlkes was named one of the top 100 most influential African American hoteliers during his first general manager assignment at Hilton Tarrytown. He has been instrumental in the conversion of several properties to Hilton Worldwide products and also served as the food and beverage cluster lead for North and South Carolina with multi-property oversight in this discipline. Fowlkes earned the titles of Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE) from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In addition, he holds general manager certifications with the Hilton, DoubleTree and Embassy Suites brands.
Olson has been part of Hilton Worldwide since 2006, when she joined Hilton Newark Airport as senior sales manager. While in that role, Olson consistently exceeded ADR and revenue goals and led the hotel to receive top customer service scores. She also participated in the successful creation of the Hilton Entertainment Network (HEN), a small group of Hilton properties that share best practices and database information related to working with high profile performers and production crews visiting the New York and New Jersey area. Olson’s previous experience with developing prosperous sales strategies laid the groundwork for her to be successful in her new role determining a strategic yet aggressive sales approach for the newly constructed hotel in a very competitive market.
"Together, Fowlkes and Olson bring a remarkable list of hotel management and sales accomplishments to our new establishment," said Chris Mayer, president, Sun Development & Management Corporation. "We’re confident they will successfully open our first New Jersey Embassy Suites hotel and play an integral role in inspiring the wider team to provide the top-notch service for which the brand is known."
The 189-suite, eight-story hotel is under construction at 95 Glimcher Realty Way in Elizabeth, N.J. The property will feature all of the signature amenities standard at all Embassy Suites Hotels including free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, a nightly complimentary Evening Reception* and two-room suites with a separate living area. For more information on Embassy Suites Elizabeth – Newark Airport, please visit www.embassysuites.com. For development queries, please visit www.embassyfranchise.com.
*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.
Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide’s 10 market-leading brands, gives guests more during every stay. The full-service, upscale brand offers spacious two-room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Complimentary Evening Receptions with appetizers and beverages. Both leisure and business travelers looking for an approachable, upscale experience feel right at home in the brand’s inviting atrium environment. Embassy Suites Hotels has more than 210 properties across the Americas and nearly 35 more in the pipeline. For more information, visit embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites at embassysuitesmediacenter.com, facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and twitter.com/EmbassySuites.
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