Crestline Appoints Dimitri Lourbas GM

Crowne Plaza Englewood, NJ

. October 14, 2008

MCLEAN, VA, September 14, 2006. Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. today announced the appointment of Dimitri Lourbas as General Manager for The Crowne Plaza Englewood, NJ. The upscale 194 guest room hotel recently completed a renovation. It was acquired earlier this month by Trinity Hotel Investors, LLC, which then appointed Crestline Hotels & Resorts as the management company. The Crowne Plaza Englewood includes 6,588 square feet of meeting space and is conveniently located in suburban NJ, only 15 miles from Manhattan and seven miles from the Meadowlands.

Mr. Lourbas joins Crestline Hotels from Sheraton Hotels of New York, where he served as guest services manager. Mr. Lourbas brings more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience having held management positions with the Hilton Woodcliff Lake, NJ; The Mirage Resort and Casino, Las Vegas; the Hotel InterContinental, Miami; and Bally's Las Vegas.

"Dimitri has an excellent background in guest service and operations through his experience in large luxury hotels," said Dave Durbin, President & CEO for Crestline Hotels & Resorts. "In addition, because of his recent experience in New York and New Jersey, he brings tremendous depth of knowledge specific to this market that will help us meet our business and guest service objectives," added Durbin.

Mr. Lourbas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He also holds a Tourism & Hotel management Diploma from the College of Patras, in Patras, Greece. He is an active participant in the hotel industry. Mr. Lourbas can be reached at

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