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Hotel Granduca Houston Appoints Ryan Zielinski as Sales Manager

HOUSTON, TX. December 19, 2016 - Hotel Granduca Houston has announced the appointments of two top-level sales executives: Ryan Zielinski as Sales Manager. Together, the appointments exemplify Granduca Hotels' focus on maintaining strong sales operations to attract new business and boost revenues from all-important corporate, meetings and events clientele.

Ryan Zielinski, Sales Manager

Bringing a decade of hotel sales experience, most of it within the Houston area, to his new role as sales manager, Ryan Zielinski is focused on developing innovative strategies to attract new business to Hotel Granduca Houston while increasing bookings and revenues from corporate, meetings and events clientele. Zielinski arrived at the Uptown Houston property from Magnolia Hotel Houston, where he rose from Corporate Sales Manager to Director of Business Travel over the course of five-and-a-half years. Earning a nomination for Company-Wide Sales Manager of the Year for two consecutive years from Stout Street Hospitality and Hotel Manager of the Year from Magnolia Hotel Houston, Zielinski proved to be a vital asset to executive-level staff. Prior to his time at Magnolia Hotel Houston, Zielinski was One Call Sales Manager for The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. He also spent three years as Conventions Services Manager at The St. Regis Houston.

A native of Russiaville, Indiana, Zielinski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

About Hotel Granduca Houston

A boutique hotel located in one of Houston's most exclusive neighborhoods, Hotel Granduca Houston blends Italian sophistication with modern, personalized amenities, offering travelers a luxurious escape in one of the country's most dynamic cities. Featuring 122 residential-style rooms and suites designed to evoke the grandeur of an Italian Palazzo, Hotel Granduca Houston boasts an award winning restaurant, Ristorante Cavour; an elegant ballroom, Salone Rialto; four state-of-the-art executive boardrooms; and an inviting Veranda and pool with adjacent fitness center. Hotel Granduca Houston and its sister property, Hotel Granduca Austin, are the only hotels in Texas to receive the Leading Hotels of the World distinction. For additional information or to book accommodations, visit www.granducahouston.com or call +1 (888) 472-6382.

About Granduca Hotels

Granduca Hotels, LLC, which owns, manages and operates luxury properties in Austin and Houston, was founded by innovative developer Giorgio Borlenghi, President of The InterFin Companies LP, a Houston-based, diversified real estate company specializing in the development, construction and management of landmark residential and commercial real estate projects. Hotel Granduca Houston opened in 2006 and Hotel Granduca Austin debuted nine years later, in 2015. Each residential-style hotel features Italian architecture, décor, and impeccable service. Granduca Hotels' properties are an appealing destination for events, special occasions and luxurious accommodations, where guests receive a personalized experience reminiscent of private Italian villas. For more information, visit www.interfin.com/granduca-hotels/.

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