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Omni Hotels & Resorts Names Daniel Surette as New Vice President of Sales

DALLAS, TX. August 9, 2017 - Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced Daniel Surette’s appointment as vice president of sales. With more than 30 years in the industry and 20 years of senior-level sales leadership experience, Surette will be responsible for creating and implementing revenue-generating strategies across the entire luxury hotel brand. Surette will oversee Omni’s global sales team as well as its field area and regional directors of sales and marketing to set budgets and reach business plan objectives. He will report to Peter Strebel, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales.

“Dan has earned a well-deserved reputation for harnessing the industry’s talents and tools to maximize revenue, unlock sales growth potential and drive market share,” said Strebel. “He has a true passion for setting and achieving ambitious business goals, which will make him a tremendous addition to the Omni family for many years to come.”

Prior to joining Omni, Surette worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. for more than 15 years. He most recently served as the vice president of North America sales and field marketing where he oversaw a large team of regional digital marketing experts handling sales and marketing for 400 Starwood properties. Surette previously worked with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for more than a decade, serving in sales and marketing roles of increasing responsibility.

Surette attended Johnson & Wales University where he earned a degree in hospitality management. He has been a member of several leading professional organizations over the years, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

For more information, visit omnihotels.com, call 1-800-The-Omni, or follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest® loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates. For information or to book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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312-919-8955

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