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Preferred Group Appoints Christie Weller DoGS Southern California and Southwestern United States

CHICAGO - February 24, 2012 - Preferred Hotel Group™, a leading provider of sales and marketing support to independent hotels around the world is pleased to announce the appointment of Christie Weller as director of group sales for Southern California and Southwest.

In her new role, Christie will serve as a liaison between Preferred Hotel Group members in her region and meeting and event planners. She will actively work with the company’s events team to host a variety of client events, and will implement personalized meetings between the members and planners.

With over 10 years of hotel experience, Christie joins Preferred Hotel Group after departing Leading Hotels of the World where she served as group sales manger in Southern California. For the five years prior, she held a dual sales position with two boutique properties in San Diego: Estancia La Jolla and L’Auberge Del Mar. Passionate about sales, Christie also has extensive experience in a variety of markets including incentive, food and beverage, and management consulting.

Christie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and currently resides in San Diego, California.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nichole DiBenedetto
Director, Global Public Relations
Tel: +1 646 465 9783
Fax: +1 212 541 7245
ndibenedetto@preferredhotelgroup.com

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