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Prism Hotels and Resorts Promotes GHee Alexander to Vice President of Operations - Southwest

Company continues to retain and grow top industry talent; further expands into the Southwest

DALLAS, TX. September 19, 2017 - Dallas-based Prism Hotels and Resorts announced today that it has promoted Ghee Alexander to Vice President of Operations - Southwest. Prism Hotels and Resorts’ President and CEO Steve Van made the announcement.

As a seasoned hospitality professional with more than 24 years of experience, Alexander joined the Prism team six years ago as general manager at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown. In his role, he repositioned the property for success and has been on a fast track within Prism due to his ability to deliver results. He is currently serving as the general manager at the company’s Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, where he has led the property through a lengthy and extensive renovation and repositioning. In his new role, he will continue to lead his team as general manager at the resort, as well as oversee the upcoming development aspects of Prism’s newest assets in the Southwest region.

“Ghee has delivered incredible results at each property he has managed for us,” said Van. “He’s developed frameworks within his hotels that have served as the standard across our portfolio. We’re excited to continue to grow his role within our company as we expand our footprint in the Southwest with exciting opportunities and great new hotels.”

Alexander has been recognized with many honors including Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association GM of the Year for Large Hotel in 2014, Prism GM of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and the Prism President’s Award in 2015. “Ghee is admired by his associates and our entire Prism team. I say this because I’ve literally had team members tell me that they would move across the globe to continue to work for Ghee,” said Mark Van Amerongen, Prism’s Chief Operating Officer. “He has this quiet confidence that engages guests and clients. He is sincere in every interaction he has and has taught all of us about leadership and truly putting your heart into what you do every day.”

Alexander began his career as a banquet waiter and has served as a general manager for the past 16 years. He began his career with Taj Hotels and Resorts in Mumbai, India. For more information, please visit www.prismhotels.com. 

About Prism Hotels and Resorts

As an award winning full service hotel management, investment, and advisory services company, Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts has developed a reputation for operational excellence by increasing hotel performance and delivering measurable results. With 30 years of experience, Prism leverages top industry talent to produce a best-in-class experience that extends from the front desk to the bottom line. Prism currently manages more than 25 hotels for multiple institutional and private owners including urban, suburban and resort destinations, including the largest Hyatt Regency franchise in North America, the Hyatt Regency LAX and the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. The company has expertise managing all major brands as well as independent destination hotels. For more information, please visit www.prismhotels.com.  

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