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The Westin Nashville Appoints Mark Burkhalter as Director of Food and Beverage

NASHVILLE, TN. October 19, 2017 - The Westin Nashville announces today the appointment of Mark Burkhalter as Director of Food and Beverage. With over two decades of experience working for marquee properties across Alabama and Tennessee, most recently as Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, Burkhalter will conceive and spearhead a new direction for The Westin Nashville’s food and beverage program.

“Mark’s distinguished military experience infuses his work, adding a refined precision and team-building mentality that I find remarkable,” says General Manager Hugh Templeman. “His proven expertise with all aspects of hotel food and beverage operations, as well as his infectious commitment to customer service, make him the ideal candidate for the job.”

As Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, Burkhalter also served as the Task Force Director of Food and Beverage for the Oceana Beach Club and Resort.

Prior to his employment there, Burkhalter worked at the Westin Birmingham Hotel, Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, and Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex as Director of Food and Beverage.

“After working with Starwood Hotels for many years, I had the opportunity to open the first Westin Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama,” says Burkhalter. “The hotel opened February 14th, 2013 and it was befitting that it was Valentine’s Day because I fell in love with the brand. After moving to Nashville, I watched as The Westin Nashville was built and knew it was no ordinary Westin. When the opportunity to join their team came about, I could not let it pass by.”

Conveniently located near the city’s entertainment district and adjacent to the Music City Center, The Westin Nashville reflects the city’s unique energy and southern sophistication. Designed by David Mexico Design Group and Bullock Smith and Partners, each of the hotel’s 456 guest rooms features custom artwork and design details inspired by the city and region. The Westin Nashville’s rooftop lounge, L27, offers light fare, live music, and seasonal cocktails for guests throughout the day and evening. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Decker & Dyer or visit Oak Steakhouse next door.

About The Westin Nashville

Owned and managed by Castlerock Asset Management, The Westin Nashville is centrally located at 807 Clark Place, Nashville, Tennessee. Adjacent to the Music City Center, The Westin Nashville offers guests the opportunity to personalize their stay by providing various contemporary, yet original outlets to discover the city. Standing 27 stories high, the hotel holds 456 guest rooms and suites, 20,000 square feet of flexible event space, the city’s highest rooftop lounge, L27, two signature restaurants, Decker and Dyer and Oak Steakhouse, and the full-service oasis Rhapsody Spa. For more information, visit westinnashville.com.

Beth Gebhard

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