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Marshall Hotels & Resorts Names David C. Rijos General Manager of the Heritage Hotel & Conference Center

SALISBURY, MD./SOUTHBURY, CT. November 8, 2017 - Marshall Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management and services company that operates properties nationwide, today named David C. Rijos as the general manager of the 163-room and suite Heritage Hotel & Convention Center in Southbury, Conn.

“David is an award-winning general manager with more than 30 years of experience operating nearly a dozen different independent and branded hotels in numerous segments and markets,” said Mike Marshall, president and CEO, Marshall Hotels & Resorts. “He has a proven track record improving guest satisfaction scores while keeping profitability up and costs under control. I am confident that the Heritage Hotel & Convention Center will quickly regain its market leadership status under David’s stewardship.”

Previously, Rijos was general manager of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., where he led the repositioning. as He also has held the position of general manager at such varied 4 Diamond properties as The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla., the 4 Diamond Omni Charlotte, 4 Diamond Renaissance Oklahoma City & Convention Center and the 4 Diamond Marriott Suite Resort on Sand Key, Clearwater, Fla. During his career, he has been a three-time recipient of HVMG’s General Manager of the Year for Sales & Marketing, Coaching & Mentoring, two-time winner of HVMG’s RevPAR Growth Award and was recognized by Embassy Suite Hotel for Greatest RevPAR Year-Over-Year Increase for 2016. Rijos received his bachelor’s degree in Tourism/Food & Lodging with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Tennessee.

“The Heritage Hotel & Conference Center’s various luxuries, coupled with its prime location in such picturesque surroundings and dedicated staff, offer me a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the hotel’s rich 25-year history,” said Rijos. “I am confident we will continue to expand on the tradition of excellence that has allowed the hotel to be a market leader in the past.”

Nestled in Litchfield Hills in western Connecticut, the five-story Heritage Hotel & Conference Center is decorated in classic New England country style. The hotel combines country manor-style touches like six wood-burning fireplaces and roughhewn wood beams with state-of-the-art business and leisure amenities ranging from 28,000 square feet of meeting space encompassing 21 sophisticated function rooms to the championship golf at our nearby Pomperaug Country Club. Regarded as one of the top health clubs in the region, the hotel’s Riverwalk Athletic Club features two saltwater swimming pools, men’s and women’s saunas and team rooms, fitness classes and the latest cardio and weight training machines. The property also is home to the Spa at the Heritage Hotel, offering a full complement of day spa services, including manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, facials and waxing.

About Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Salisbury, Md.-based Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has special expertise operating three- and four-star branded hotels and resorts, averaging 100 to 500 rooms, in urban and central business districts, as well as suburban/drive-to and resort locations. In addition, the company has a proven track record managing independent resort and unique urban properties. Marshall Hotels & Resorts has managed a wide array of leading hotel brands, including those under the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Carlson, Choice, Best Western and Wyndham flags. Additional information may be found at the company's Web site: www.marshallhotels.com.

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