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Tilman Fertitta Appoints Jorge Gonzalez General Manager of The Post Oak at Uptown Houston

HOUSTON, TX. June 19, 2017 - Tilman Fertitta today announced Jorge Gonzalez as general manager of his luxurious new development, The Post Oak at Uptown Houston. In this position, Gonzalez will oversee the day-to-day operations and manage all aspects of the vertical mixed-use, master-planned project including the hotel, office, residential, retail and restaurant offerings.

“Jorge is a proven leader, delivering high standards of excellence and expertise in the hospitality industry, which are important attributes as we open Houston’s finest hotel, most unique service-oriented office space and exclusive luxury residential apartments,” stated Tilman Fertitta, owner of The Post Oak. “I am confident he is the perfect fit for this position and know that he will maximize the property’s potential for success.”

Gonzalez, a seasoned veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, has relocated to Houston from Miami, Florida where he most recently served as the General Manager and Area Vice President of Mandarin Oriental Miami. During this time, he successfully opened the first luxury hotel in Miami – overseeing the design of the property and implementation of Mandarin Oriental staff culture standards. Under his leadership, the Mandarin Oriental Miami became the only triple Forbes Five Star from 2013 in the state of Florida

Prior to his time at Mandarin Oriental, Gonzalez’s experience includes managing prestigious brands such as Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, as well as the prominent Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His tenure with Ritz-Carlton also includes the opening of the first luxury resort in Cancun, Mexico.

Gonzalez is armed with dynamic creativity and a result-oriented work ethic. He looks forward to the challenge of managing and operating Houston’s first vertical mixed-use development. Gonzalez is fluent in English and Spanish.

About The Post Oak

Slated to open in fall 2017, the stylish 10-acre development will feature a 38-story tower with an adjacent elegant and expansive 16,000 square-foot ballroom, the largest in the Galleria and Uptown area. The 680,000-square-foot tower embraces every desire of savvy business and leisure travelers alike and will accommodate 250-luxury hotel rooms, more than 150,000 square feet of boutique office space, and 20-residential units, all with dramatic interior finishes and unobstructed views of the surrounding neighborhoods and Downtown. Upon entering the tower, a captivating open plaza greets guests with a grand chandelier, extravagant artwork and a plush living area. The Post Oak complex is awash in greenery, mature oak trees and tranquil water fountains – a true vision while dining al fresco at one of the many outdoor patios. Walkable thoroughfares lined with even more luscious oak trees offer guests an enchanting path while making their way to the surrounding district. The tower’s lobby will be designed with exquisite finishes and furnishings, custom lighting, and views overlooking a stunning pool. Unique amenities will include a two-story spa and salon, two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, signature restaurants Mastro’s Steakhouse and Willie G’s, luxury retail, over 1,000 parking spaces, and more.

About Fertitta Entertainment and its affiliates, Landry’s, Golden Nugget and Fertitta Hospitality

Wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, Fertitta Entertainment and its affiliates, Landry’s, Golden Nugget, and Fertitta Hospitality, are a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming, and entertainment conglomerate based in Houston, Texas. They operate more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts, such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper, and Mastro’s Restaurants. They also operate a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Willie G's, and others. The gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV, Atlantic City, NJ, Biloxi, MS, and Lake Charles, LA. The entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations, including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants, and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the Westin Hotel in downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk Inn and luxurious San Luis Resort, including the Galveston Island Hilton and Holiday Inn all located on Galveston Island.

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Colleen Wagner
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