Skip Harless Appointed General Manager of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel

USA, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. July 30, 2020

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced the AAA-Four Diamond rated Skirvin Hilton Hotel will reopen on June 22, 2020. In addition, the company announced that Skip Harless has been promoted to general manager of the hotel.

"We are thrilled to welcome our guests back to the magnificent Skirvin Hilton," said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. "For generations, Skirvin Hilton has been a timeless jewel in Oklahoma City, providing the highest standards of quality and service to our valued guests. During this time apart, we have worked tirelessly to create a new experience that elevates our amenities, features and traditions with advanced safety and sanitization measures. Under the experienced leadership of industry veteran Skip Harless, our team members stand ready to help create a comfortable and stress-free experience for our guests."

An experienced industry veteran, Skip Harless has more than 32 years of hospitality experience. Harless joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in May 2014 as the resident manager at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Most recently, Harless led the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin as general manager. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Harless spent 27 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Harless graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead the professional hospitality team at Skirvin Hilton," said Harless. "We are prepared and eager to welcome our guests back to the hotel, where our more than 100 years of tradition, elegance and luxury will remain apparent at every turn. As we get back to serving our guests, we remain committed to the highest standards of service, cleanliness and safety. Our doors are open, and we hope to see you soon!"

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