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Omni Dallas Hotel Appoints John Imaizumi as Managing Director

Industry Veteran to Lead the Flagship Luxury Hotel's Business Strategies and Operations

DALLAS, TX. August 23, 2017 - The Omni Dallas Hotel announced today the appointment of John Imaizumi as managing director. With more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience and a proven track record of executive management leadership, Imaizumi will oversee all aspects of marketing, sales and operations for the No. 1 rated four-star luxury hotel in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to U.S. News & World Report. Imaizumi will report to Omni Hotels & Resorts Vice President of Operations, Andrew Casperson.

Imaizumi joins the Omni Dallas Hotel from Zoom Golf LLC, where he was founder and served as chief executive officer. In this role, he led strategic planning, capital fund raising and risk management for the organization, among other responsibilities. Previously, Imaizumi spent the majority of his career in hospitality, including 11 years as general manager of the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Omni family,” said Casperson. “His extensive expertise in the hospitality industry and his considerable history of enhancing guest experiences while driving excellent financial results for his employers will make John a critical player in the continued success of the Omni Dallas Hotel.”

Prior to the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Imaizumi served in a number of executive roles at well-known luxury, convention and boutique hotels. Imaizumi earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah.

For more information, visit omnihotels.com, call 1-800-The-Omni.

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.

Kristen Cadenhead

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