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Meliza Lessard Promoted to Director of Food & Beverage for Three Palo Alto Hotels

PALO ALTO, CA. November 14, 2017 — The Clement Palo Alto has announced that Meliza Lessard, Director of Food & Beverage at The Clement, is now Director of Food & Beverage for The Clement, The Westin Palo Alto and Sheraton Palo Alto.

All three hotels are owned by Pacific Hotel Management, LLC, based in San Mateo, California.

Lessard has been Director of Food & Beverage at The Clement since September 2016. Prior to joining The Clement, Lessard was Food & Beverage Director from 2014-2016 at the Claremont Club & Spa, in Berkeley, California, and Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Fairmont Mayakoba at Playa del Carmen, México, from 2011-2014. She also held positions in hospitality in Mount-Tremblant, Canada, Ste- Adèle, Canada, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

She received a degree in 1999 in Hotel Management and a Sommelier Certificate Master, Level 1, at Lasalle College, Montréal, Canada, and studied for a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management at Université du Québec à Montréal in Montreal, Canada. Lessard is also a certified wedding professional.

About The Clement Palo Alto

The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country. With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere. The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
(831) 747-7455

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