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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Appoints Fransua Exectuive Chef

TUCSON, AZ. April 18, 2017 - David Fransua has been named Executive Chef for the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, according to General Manager Russ Bond.

Fransua brings more than 16 years of culinary experience to the 575-room, AAA Four Diamond property. His career with Marriott International began in 2005 as a banquet sous chef at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, and has held similar positions at various Marriott properties including three prior executive chef positions. Fransua was most recently the Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Houston.

"I'm pleased to announce David's appointment to executive chef at Starr Pass," said Mr. Bond. "He brings an impressive track record and years of revered culinary and management experience to the team. His passion for food, unwavering dedication and respected leadership skills will be integral in maintaining the resort's successful culinary programs."

Fransua attended the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver, and is married with two children.

About JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park, the AAA Four Diamond Starr Pass Resort & Spa is considered one of Tucson's premier destination resorts. Featuring 575 guestrooms (including 35 suites) with picturesque views, the resort offers 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences, 20,000 square-foot Hashani Spa, fitness center, a collection of outdoor water features including the meandering Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls waterslide, the Blur Teen Lounge and Rising Starr Kid's Club, two tennis courts and access to multiple hiking and biking trails on property. Starr Pass Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located just 12 miles from Tucson International Airport. With easy access to Interstate 10, the resort is a short 90 minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Visit us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard in Tucson.

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