SPOKANE (May 21, 2004) -- WestCoast Hospitality Corporation announces the appointment of William J. Heaney as Vice President of Sales for the company, representing Red Lion Hotels and WestCoast Hotels in the U.S. and Canada.
"Bill Heaney comes to us with nearly three decades of experience in the hotel and travel industry," said John Taffin, Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations for WestCoast Hospitality. Mr. Taffin noted that Mr. Heaney will be responsible for developing direct sales strategies for WestCoast Hotels and Red Lion Hotels and will also coordinate the deployment of the national sales team and provide support and training to hotel sales people in the field. "I know he will be a terrific addition to our team," he said.
"The sales teams that support the Red Lion and WestCoast Hotel brands are aggressive, and are focused on continued market share growth," said Bill Heaney. "It is a privilege to be a part of this dynamic and goal-driven team at WestCoast Hospitality."
Mr. Heaney joins WestCoast Hospitality from Boykin Hospitality where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Boykin in 2000, he was Vice President of Sales for Meristar Hotels and Resorts (now Interstate Hotels and Resorts). After joining American General Hospitality in 1993, he directed the company's sales and marketing efforts for a selection of properties. He assumed responsibility for the sales and marketing of a portfolio of multi-branded and independent hotel, resort and conference centers for Meristar Hotels and Resorts after the merger of American General and Capstar Hotels and Resorts in 1998.
Mr. Heaney began his travel/hospitality career as Director of Operations and Product Development for Arthurs Travel Incorporated, a Philadelphia-based division of tour operator, International Thompson Ltd., of London, England. Subsequently, he was Vice President of Marketing/Housing for charter tour operator GWV, a division of The Interface Group (producer of COMDEX); was National Director of Sales and Marketing for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; and was Senior Vice President of Sales for Savoy Hotels and Resorts.
WestCoast Hospitality Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, management, development and franchising of mid-scale, full service hotels under its WestCoast® and Red Lion® brands. In addition, through its entertainment division, which includes its TicketsWest.com, Inc. subsidiary, it engages in event ticket distribution and promotes and presents a variety of entertainment productions. G&B Real Estate Services, its real estate division, engages in traditional real estate-related services, including developing, managing and acting as a broker for sales and leases of commercial and multi-unit residential properties.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law, including statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, projections of future events or performance and underlying assumptions (many of which are based, in turn upon further assumptions). The forward-looking statements in this press release are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, economic cycles; international conflicts; changes in future demand and supply for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with franchisees and properties; impact of government regulations; ability to obtain financing; changes in energy, healthcare, insurance and other operating expenses; ability to sell non-core assets; ability to locate lessees for rental property and managing and leasing properties owned by third parties; dependency upon the ability and experience of executive officers and ability to retain or replace such officers as well as other matters discussed in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the 2002 fiscal year and in other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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