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Ellen Ruane New GM of Hilton Long Island - Huntington

June 28, 2011 - The Dow Hotel Company, LLC (DHC), a hotel ownership investment and management company, today announced that Ellen Ruane has been named general manager of the company’s 304-room Hilton Long Island/Huntington in suburban Long Island, owned by a joint venture between New Jersey-based Prudential Real Estate Investors and DHC.

“Ellen has a wide range of experience in the hospitality industry, which will be a great asset to the Hilton,” said Murray Dow, chief executive officer of The Dow Hotel Company. “The Hilton Long Island - Huntington has one of the area’s largest meeting facilities, which means we will attract groups from around the world. Her depth of experience will help the hotel to expand its leadership position in the market.” Ruane managed several properties, including the Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA; the North Maple Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ; and The Forrestal at Princeton, Princeton, NJ.

Ruane earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in Monclair, NJ with a major in Political Science.

Located at 598 Broad Hollow Rd., in the heart of Melville’s business district on the Route 110 corridor, the property is just 45 minutes from JFK airport, with easy proximity to New York City and the Hamptons. The full-service hotel features several resort amenities, including both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and tennis courts, as well as two restaurants and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

Founded in 1997, Seattle-based The Dow Hotel Company is a hotel owner/investor and operator of 12 first-class, full-service hotels with properties throughout the United States. The company’s portfolio of owned and managed properties consists of institutional-grade hotels, under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza. The company aggressively seeks to acquire, co-invest with joint venture partners and/or manage mid- to large-size, first-class, full-service hotels, especially those with extensive food and beverage capabilities.

The company currently operates food and beverage facilities around the nation, ranging from casual dining to upscale, bars/lounges with Starbuck and Tully’s coffee outlets. In addition to Basil’s Kitchen, the division’s proprietary restaurant concepts include SunSpot, BC Bistro, and Basil’s Bistro.

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In today's hyper-competitive, hyper-connected global marketplace, customer experience has assumed a major role as a key business differentiator. There is a growing understanding that competition based on products or price alone is no longer a viable strategy. Since feature or function advantages can be quickly duplicated and/or enhanced, product innovation is no longer the differentiator it once was. And competition based on price impairs profitability. On the other hand, research indicates that 86 percent of consumers said they would be willing to pay more for a better customer experience. To protect both market share and margins, hotel companies must provide customers with consistent, compelling experiences - before, during, and after their purchases - across all major channels. There are many things organizations can do to deliver a superior customer experience. Management must align everything a company does with the customer service experience in mind. They must assign high value to anticipation of customers' real needs and desires, and they must incentivize and reward personal initiative in the pursuit of customer satisfaction. They must respond quickly to customer requests. They must ensure that customer interactions are highly personalized, and they must deliver the right information to the right place at the right time. And perhaps most importantly, upper management must create a culture where customer service is valued and esteemed, taught and rewarded. Customer experience leaders who can drive this kind of cultural change will radically affect their companies? competitive position and business performance. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.