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Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport Announces Executive Team

SEATTLE, WA. February 27, 2017 - Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, a 347-room, 12-story waterfront hotel opening this summer at Seattle’s Southport, proudly announces key appointments to its executive team:

Rusty Middleton, General Manager: Middleton brings nearly 25 years of Hyatt hotel experience to his post. Before joining Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, he served as the general manager at Hyatt Hotels’ Andaz Wall Street and served as the opening general manager of Andaz San Diego. Other professional appointments include general manager of Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook, Ill. and positions with the Hyatt Regency brand in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Knoxville. Under Middleton's leadership, the Andaz San Diego earned the AAA Four Diamond award and a “best hotel” commendation by the Gaslamp Quarter Association.

Jeff Ouradnik, Director of Sales and Marketing: A hotel industry veteran for more than 13 years, Ouradnik’s Washington-based hotel experience is complemented by professional appointments in Southern California. With Hyatt hotels since 2008, he most recently served with Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and Spa – San Diego as Director of Sales & Events. Past professional credits include work as Assistant Director of Sales at both Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and Hyatt Regency Bellevue, and ascending roles with DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton hotel properties in Washington State.

Jennifer Grosclaude, Director of Events: With more than 20 years in customer-facing service and planning roles, nearly 14 of those have been dedicated to Grosclaude’s career with Hyatt Hotels. Most recently Grosclaude contributed to the success of Hyatt Regency Calgary, serving from June 2012 to October 2016 as its Director of Events. Past professional credits include Associate Director of Catering and Convention Services for Hyatt Regency Bellevue, and ascending roles in events, including the Hyatt Regency Resort Lost Pines and Spa and the Grand Hyatt Seattle, where she started in 2003.

Vincent Savignano, Executive Chef: Part of the Hyatt Regency’s culinary team since 2008, Seattle is Savignano’s fifth city as a Hyatt chef. Savignano most recently served as Director of Food and Beverage and Culinary Services at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort, Spa, and Marina (San Diego, Calif.), where he was promoted as its Executive Chef in 2014. He will spearhead the new hotel’s dining offerings, which include a full-service waterfront restaurant and bar with an outdoor dining terrace, private dining rooms, as well as event menus, retail grab-and-go offerings and in-room dining. Savignano is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

About Hyatt Regency Lake Washington:

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the 12-story, 347-room Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport will be the first waterfront hotel less than 10 miles from Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport. Just minutes to Seattle, Bellevue, the Interstate-90 corridor and Interstate-405 this perfectly situated property offers unique sunset and panoramic views including the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline. The hotel will offer a signature waterfront restaurant, 60,000 square feet of A/V-equipped conference and meeting space; exterior covered and open-air wedding terraces and dedicated facilities, state-of-the-art fiber technology; indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi spa; day spa; and indoor/outdoor exercise facilities with direct access to Lake Washington and Gene Coulon Park. The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is located at 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, Washington. For more information visit http://lakewashington.regency.hyatt.com/

About Southport on Lake Washington:

Southport is a new mixed-use urban village located on the southern shore of Lake Washington adjacent to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. With spectacular views of the lake, the Olympics, the Cascades and Mt. Rainier, Southport offers a genuine “live, work, play and stay” lifestyle. Designed to serve as a next generation hub for high tech firms and other innovative companies, the Southport Office Campus will include three distinct nine-story towers with nearly 730,000 square feet of Class “A” waterfront office space. Opening June 2017, the 347-room Hyatt Regency Lake Washington will feature 60,000 square feet of meeting space. The 383-unit Bristol Residences provide resort-style luxury living, unsurpassed views and unprecedented lifestyle options.

About SECO:

Incorporated in 1989, SECO Development specializes in infill and high-end mixed-use projects with an emphasis on residential, hotel, office, and retail. SECO Development focuses on developing urban sites while being conscious of and preserving the natural environment. SECO Development’s vision of incorporating high quality housing with retail, offices, hotels, and parking structures creates effectively master-planned communities. Since its inception, SECO Development has developed more than 3,500 residential units, 160,000 square feet of retail, 800,000 square feet of office space, two retirement facilities, and two hotels. The Puget Sound Business Journal ranked SECO Development as one of the largest residential real estate firms in the Puget Sound region by residential sales volume in 2006. SECO Development also ranked #1 in the largest property sale in King County in 2008.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation:

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Centric™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of June 30, 2015, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 618 properties in 51 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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