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Marlborough, MA – November 8, 2017 – True North Hotel Group announces the opening of two neighboring hotels: the 137-room Hyatt Place Marlborough/Apex Center and 108-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Marlborough/Apex Center, which are both located within the Apex Center of New England, a new 43-acre custom-designed destination with multiple state-of-the-art hospitality, business and entertainment experiences located in Marlborough, Mass. 

Moses Lake, WA – May 2, 2017 – The 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Moses Lake, Washington is scheduled to open this Thursday, May 4, 2017 with its smart, inventive public space and guest room design, and its bright and inviting décor. Located at 2300 South Maiers Road, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Moses Lake will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Ferguson Properties of Liberty, Missouri and managed by True North Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

Jersey City, NJ – April 10, 2017 – With the cut of a ceremonial ribbon, the 152-suite Residence Inn by Marriott® officially opened today in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. The all-suite Residence Inn Jersey City will operate as a Marriott franchise and is owned by Columbus Hotel Urban Renewal, a joint venture entity of Ironstate Development Company of Hoboken, New Jersey and Panepinto Properties of Jersey City. The hotel is managed by True North Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas.
 

Overland Park, KS – December 1, 2016 – True North Hotel Group today announced that Lisa Brady and Keri Greer have been appointed general manager and director of sales, respectively, for Fishkill, New York's first dual-branded hotel, the 91-suite Residence Inn and 75-suite SpringHill Suites, slated to open under one roof on December 15.

Lisa Brady, general manager, has built her 17-year hospitality career in the northeast, serving in both sales and operations management positions with Marriott and Hilton-branded hotels. Most recently, she was general manager for seven years at the Danbury, Connecticut, Hilton Garden Inn, leading the hotel to winning the brand's coveted Spirit to Serve Award. Notably, she also led a Courtyard by Marriott in Danbury, Connecticut, to the prestigious Alice Marriott Award for Community Service in 2007 while serving as general manager. Brady holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
 
Keri Greer, director of sales, has built her 16-year hospitality career in the northeast and western U.S., serving in sales positions with Hilton and IHG properties, a private golf club and travel agencies. Most recently, she was director of sales and marketing for two years at the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in New Windsor, New York. While with Hilton, she earned three sales certifications and won the Connie Pride Award of Merit. Greer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.
 


Overland Park, KS – August 16, 2016 – Michael Watson, named “Business Person of the Year” last spring by the Halifax, Va., County Chamber of Commerce and described as a “managerial mainstay” at the South Boston, Va., Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, has relocated his outstanding leadership skills to Kansas as newly-appointed general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Leavenworth.

Watson comes to Kansas with more than one coveted trophy in his professional awards case. Throughout his seven years as general manager of the South Boston hotel, Watson twice won True North Hotel Group's “Truest North Award”; was named a national Diamond General Manager by Marriott International, Inc.; and was named Employer of the Year by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. .  

“Michael's track record speaks for itself,” said Richard Merkel, president and chief operating officer, True North Hotel Group. “His trademark eye-on-the-ball management talents consistently serve up excellent experiences for his guests, staff and community.” 

“I'm excited by the opportunity to further my career with True North Hotel Group and Ferguson Properties at a hotel with such a stellar reputation as the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Leavenworth,” said Watson. “I look forward to building on the hotel's successes and to carrying on its award-winning pedigree while continuing to grow our presence in the community.”


Overland Park, KS – January 28, 2016 – True North Hotel Group today announced that Jennifer Brooks, general manager of the Nashua, N.H., Residence Inn by Marriott, has won the company's annual Truest North Award based on leadership excellence and the hotel's 2015 performance.

The Truest North Award is presented each year to the True North-managed hotel that achieves exceptional scores in operational and financial performance categories. Also considered in the award are exceptional guest service delivery scores and participation in community “Give Back” initiatives. The Nashua Residence Inn, managed by True North and owned by Nashua Lodging, LLC, opened in November 2014.

Overland Park, KS – January 24, 2016 True North Hotel Group has,for an unprecedented sixth time,received Marriott International's highest owner/franchisee honor, the Partnership Circle Award. Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorensen presented the award to True North Chairman and CEO Lew Wiens, President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Merkel, and Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Brad Wiens at Marriott's CONNECT Conference, held last month in Orlando.


Overland Park, KS – January 24, 2016 – The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Leavenworth, Kan., managed by True North Hotel Group and owned by Ferguson Hotel Group, was named Opening Hotel of the Year by Marriott International at Marriott's CONNECT Conference, held last month in Orlando.
 
The annual CONNECT conference is attended by owners, management companies and franchisees of Marriott's six select service and extended stay brands: Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites and AC Hotels.


Yonkers, NY – September 15, 2015 – True North Hotel Group has begun construction on a new Marriott project –Courtyard by Marriott – in Yonkers, NY. Slated to open in early 2017, the 154 room property, located on Executive Blvd in the South Westchester Executive Office Park, will feature meeting space, a Bistro, bar, shuttle, a state of the art fitness room and a Starbucks.

Lebanon, NH – August 25, 2015 – The 114-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Hanover/Lebanon, N.H., has been re-acquired by an affiliate of Norwich Partners, effective August 14, 2015. True North Hotel Group will once again manage the hotel for Norwich Partners, which owned the hotel from September 2003 through 2006.  Seasoned True North Hotel Group management staff are in place at the Hanover/Lebanon Residence Inn.

Libby Cole, most recently assistant general manager of the Element and, before that, the Courtyard, is general manager; Andrea Agan is director of sales; Cheryl Melkonian has transferred from executive housekeeper at Courtyard to front office manager at the Residence Inn; and Ty Kulick, general manager of the Courtyard, has been promoted to area general manager for Marriott brands in Lebanon.


Fishkill, NY – July 7, 2015True North Hotel Group has begun construction on a dual-branded Marriott project – a 91-suite Residence Inn and a 75-suite SpringHill Suites – in Fishkill, NY. Slated to open in the summer of 2016, the properties are located in the Westage Business Center along I-84 in Dutchess County.

The two hotels will share a general manager, sales department and adjoining lobbies with an intersecting bar and communal area. The properties will also share a swimming pool, fitness center, and meeting space to accommodate smaller meetings and events. Each brand will offer its complimentary signature daily healthy-choice breakfast.   

 
Colchester, VT – February 13, 2015 – Tim Armstrong, general manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Colchester, VT., has been named a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Globally recognized, the highly respected CHA® is the most prestigious certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive. The certification, which validates Armstrong's advanced industry knowledge exemplary leadership, now identifies him as being part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry have achieved a high level of expertise.

Overland Park, KS – January 20, 2015 – Richard Merkel, president and C.O.O. of True North Hotel Group; and Dan Gudenkauf, the company's Kansas City area general manager, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and 2014 Hotelier of the Year, respectively, from the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City (H&LA).

Cindy Gillies, general manager of the Residence Inn Overland Park; and Loudean Marks, general manager of the Fairfield Inn Union Hill, were named to the H&LA board at that organization's December meeting.

Overland Park, KS – January 19, 2015 – Chris Rorrer, general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Moscow, Idaho, has been named to the Thirty Under 30 Class of 2014 by Hotel Management, part of Questex Hospitality + Travel. Now in its third year, Hotel Management's Thirty Under 30 recognizes thirty outstanding young hoteliers from a cross section of job titles and geographies.

Stamford, CT – December 11, 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced its trailblazing, eco-wise Element brand has opened its first hotel in New Hampshire. Element Hanover-Lebanon offers a fresh, re-imagined perspective on the extended stay experience with 120 stylish, sustainable rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move. Ideally located at the entrance of Altaria Business Park, the new Element is a key anchor of a mixed-use complex owned and developed by Norwich Partners. The hotel is managed by True North Hotel Group.

Nashua, NH – October 29, 2014 – The 118-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Nashua, New Hampshire is scheduled to open this Tuesday and will feature the brand's innovative, new design. Located at 25 Trafalgar Square, the all-suite Residence Inn Nashua will operate as a Marriott franchise owned by Nashua TS Lodging LLC and managed by True North Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

Overland Park, KS – September 12, 2014 – True North Hotel Group today announced the promotion of Jon Mehlmann, C.H.A., to area manager for the company's three Devens, MA., properties: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Devens Common Center, and Hilton Garden Inn.  The three properties are adjacent to each other on Andrews Parkway. 

Mehlmann's promotion places him in the position formerly held by Maura Peeler, who was recently promoted to regional vice president of operations for True North Hotel Group.

Highly lauded by True North, Mehlmann's 12-year career with the company has included serving as opening general manager for three hotels in Massachusetts, Kansas and Missouri, during which he accrued several top hotel awards from Marriott International, Inc., for exceptional guest satisfaction.
Mehlmann and his family reside in Marlborough, MA. 

Overland Park, KS – August 6, 2014 – True North Hotel Group today announced the promotion of Maura Peeler, C.H.A., to regional vice president of operations.  

Peeler, who has a 15-year property management history with True North, most recently served as area general manager. In her new role, she will continue to work out of Devens, MA., overseeing seven properties in True North's northeast portfolio: the Devens SpringHill Suites, Devens Hilton Garden Inn, Devens Common Center, Westford Hampton Inn and Suites, Westford Residence Inn, Marlborough Residence Inn, and a new True North-managed hotel, the Nashua, N.H., Residence Inn by Marriott, which will open later this year.
Peeler, named a “40 Under 40” by the Worcester Business Journal in 2008, was awarded General Manager of the Year for SpringHill Suites by Marriott (2008); Diamond General Manager for Marriott (2008); and Opening General Manager of the Year for SpringHill Suites (2005). She is a board member for the Massachusetts Lodging Association and a member of the SpringHill Suites GM Advisory Council.

A native of Massachusetts, Peeler holds a bachelors degree in hospitality sales and meeting management and an associate degree in hotel and restaurant management, both from Johnson & Wales University.

Kansas City, MO – June 23, 2014 – True North Hotel Group partnered with Marriott International, Inc., during the summer of 2014 to provide cross-country accommodations for the Wounded Warriors Family Support High Five Tour. ]http://www.highfivetour.com/

In late June, Dan Gudenkauf – GM of True North's Residence Inn by Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City – did more than host the car and its crew. Dan and his team held a reception attended by community leaders, True North, and guests – including one special extended-stay guest, SPC Derrick Franklin, who is going through physical rehab at a local hospital following military-duty injuries.

At the reception, captured on video here (http://youtu.be/ycra2vne_yU),True North Chairman and CEO Lew Wiens was visibly touched as he, one veteran to another, presented a check to the Tour. One hundred percent of funds raised along the Tour will support the construction of “smart homes” for deserving wounded warriors and their families.

The Tour will make its last stop on Sept. 2 at the SpringHill Suites in Devens, MA, which sits on the site of the former Fort Devens.

Overland Park, KS – June 4, 2014 – True North Hotel Group has for an unprecedented fifth time received Marriott International's highest owner/franchisee honor, the Partnership Circle Award. Marriott International President & CEO Arne Sorensen presented the award to True North Chairman & CEO Lew Wiens, President & Chief Operating Officer Richard Merkel, and Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer Brad Wiens at Marriott's annual Owners Conference, held mid-May at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. 

True North also received Marriott's Partnership Circle Award in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. Of True North's 23 open hotels, 17 are Marriott-branded.

Marriott's Partnership Circle Award honors companies that share a commitment to Marriott's philosophies and principles, fully embrace Marriott's brand initiatives, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, provide outstanding customer service, and contribute in a significant way to growing Marriott's brands.

South Boston, VA – November 6, 2013 – True North Hotel Group today announced that its South Boston, Va., Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott has won the company's highest honor, the national Truest North Award, among all of True North's 23 hotels.

Michael Watson, general manager of the South Boston Fairfield Inn & Suites, accepted the award on behalf of his 21 team members at True North's Annual GM Conference, held recently at the company's SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Devens, Ma.

The Truest North Award is presented annually to the True North-managed hotel that achieves exceptional scores in operational and financial performance categories. Also included is exceptional guest service delivery and participation in community “Give Back” initiatives.  

Boston, MA – June 21, 2013 – A new 120-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened this week in downtown Boston's Seaport District, breathing new life into a six-story classical revival-style 1900s building once likely used for sugar and molasses warehousing.
 
Located at 370 Congress Street, the Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by an affiliate of Norwich Partners and managed by True North Hotel Group, Inc. Group One Partners, Inc., of Boston served as architect and designer.   

Rochester, NY – April 23, 2013 – Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 126-room Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester/Henrietta located at 280 Clay Road in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta.

Moscow, ID – April 15, 2013 – The 74-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Moscow, Idaho is scheduled to open this June. Located at 1000 West Pullman Road, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Moscow will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Ferguson Properties and managed by True North Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

Overland Park, KS – February 4, 2013 – Lew Wiens, chairman and CEO of True North Hotel Group, today announced the promotion of Mike Egan to regional vice president of sales. Egan, a longtime leader in the northeastern hospitality community, started 18 years ago as manager and owner of multiple country clubs in Rhode Island and Maine. In three years, he built a successful golf, meetings and event business at the clubs, sold his interest, and transitioned to the hotel industry. Prior to joining True North Hotel Group in January 2007, Egan served as vice president of sales for the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Overland Park, KS – January 9, 2013True North Hotel Group has announced the transition of three key executives – Lew Wiens, Richard Merkel and Brad Wiens – into new chief officer positions. Effective January 2, Lew Wiens has moved from president to chairman and chief executive officer of True North Hotel Group; Richard Merkel, formerly executive vice president of operations, is now president and chief operating officer; and Brad Wiens, formerly senior vice president, development and acquisitions, has been named executive vice president and chief development officer.
 
Lew Wiens said, “I have never felt so confident and excited about where True North Hotel Group is in terms of direction and momentum. With our solid portfolio, healthy pipeline and superior leadership talent, the time is right for this natural transition and, best, places True North in an excellent position to meet our growth demands. I am enormously proud of our 700-plus associates, and grateful for our partners and investors who have helped foster the evolution of True North's growth and success for 30 years."

Overland Park, KS – December 13, 2012 True North Hotel Group has for an unprecedented fourth time received Marriott International's highest owner/franchisee honor, the Partnership Circle Award. Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorensen presented the award to True North President Lew Wiens at Marriott's annual Owners Conference, held earlier this month at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix.
 
True North also received Marriott's Partnership Circle Award in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Fourteen of True North Hotel Group's 20 open hotels are Marriott-branded.
 
Marriott's Partnership Circle Award honors companies that share a commitment to Marriott's philosophies and principles, fully embrace Marriott's brand initiatives, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, provide outstanding customer service, and contribute in a significant way to growing Marriott's brands.

Overland Park, KS – November 13, 2012 – Signaling a positive outlook for 2013 and beyond, True North Hotel Group President Lew Wiens today underscored his company's continued strength in hotel development and management by announcing three vice president-level additions – Dave Mashburn, Jerry Culkin and Joe Novak – to the company's leadership team.
  
Jerry Culkin, C.H.A.,
has been promoted from a regional position to vice president of operations for True North Hotel Group. His equal balance of full- and limited-service hotels, combined with his expertise in opening new properties and developing people, form a strong foundation for his new role. Culkin's road to True North Hotel Group, which recruited him in 1999, came through Marriott management experiences, during which Culkin led his hotels to Community Service, President's Cup, Gold and Platinum Awards.
 
Joe Novak
has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for True North Hotel Group. Novak, who joined the company in 2009 after serving for several years as vice president of sales for the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau, is responsible for providing strategic sales direction to True North's portfolio of hotels and serving as the key sales liaison with owners and brand partners. Novak's hospitality industry background includes 13 years with Marriott International, during which time he received several sales honors including Sales Leader of the Year, Sales Team of the Year and Best Event Management Team of the Year.

  
 
 
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