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Mark J. Kucera Named Executive Vice President of Operations, Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C.
Metairie LA (January 26, 2004) -- Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C., a hotel management company with 12 hotels (9 owned and managed, 3 managed) in seven states, has named Mark J. Kucera, CHA as Executive Vice President of Operations.
    
Mr. Kucera comes to Expotel with 22 years of hospitality industry experience, including corporate and property level expertise in full service, extended stay, limited service and independent hotel management, corporate branding, expansion and training, capital planning, market development and information technology selection and implementation.
    
Mr. Kucera began his hospitality career with one of the Top Twenty caterers in the country. In 1987 he joined the Holiday Inn, North Randall, OH as Director of F&B, then advanced to Assistant General Manager of the French Quarter Suites Hotel in Memphis, a AAA Four Diamond hotel. He joined Flagstone Hospitality Management LLC (formerly RFS, Inc.) in field management in 1990 and for the next nine years served as General Manager for Holiday Inns in Shawnee, OK; Columbia, SC; Granada, MS; and Flint MI, among others. In 1997, he was named Area Operations Manager for Flagstone while retaining his GM responsibilities for the Flint property. During this time, the Holiday Inn Flint ranked among the top 5 percent of all Holiday Inns nationwide, was ”Hotel of the Year” in 1997 and again in 1998 for the America’s Division, Torchbearer award in 1998  and received the annual Holiday Inn Quality Excellence Award four times. In January 2000 Mr. Kucera became Regional Director of Operations - Midwest Region for Flagstone, responsible for the direction of Operations, Guest Satisfaction, Financial and Sales & Marketing aspects of 14 hotels. A member of the Flagstone Executive Management Committee, he was also the corporate representative for all InterContinental Hotel Group properties operated by Flagstone, and a member of the IAHI Central Regional Committee.
    
Mr. Kucera is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Hospitality Management and is a member of the IAHI Full Service Brand Committee and was Chairman Elect of the Flint & Genesee County Convention & Visitors' Bureau.
   
“Mark Kucera brings Expotel Hospitality exactly the hands-on experience we need to take the company to the next level: core value development, budgeting and expertise in corporate expansion,” said Jeff Iavarone, Vice President Marketing for Expotel Hospitality, in making the announcement. “His track record for delivering outstanding performance from individual hotels he has managed while maintaining oversight of a group of hotels demonstrates that Expotel can expect to move forward with the success of each property.”
    
Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. was created in 2001 by New Orleans investors who own $200 million in hotel real estate assets including the Doubletree Hotel New Orleans, for 15 years the most successful Doubletree Hotel in the group. Ranked 57th among the Top 100 Management Companies list complied by Hotel Business, the company’s hotels include the Hilton Rialto in Melbourne FL, one of the top 20 hotels in the Hilton chain and the historic Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans. For more information about Expotel Hospitality management capabilities call 504-212-1492 or visit www.expotel-usa.com.

Headquartered in New Orleans, Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. is a hotel management company with 12 hotels (9 owned and managed, 3 managed) operating under Hilton, Holiday Inn, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Doubletree and Best Western flags as well as the historic Pontchartrain Hotel.

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Contact:
Stephanie Seacord
Leading Edge
135 Piscassic Road (PO Box 960)
Newfields NH 03856
T: 603-772-1835
F: 603-772-7066
stephanieseacord@msn.com
Also See: Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. Names Rick Turner, Corporate Director, Revenue Management / December 2003
Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. Appoints 3 Senior Hotel Executives / November 2003
Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. Names Jeff Iavarone, Vice President Marketing / October 2003
Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. Secures Two Management Contracts; Doubletree Denver North and the St. Christopher in New Orleans / May 2003
Expotel Hospitality Services, L.L.C. Names Jeff Iavarone, Vice President Marketing / October 2003


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