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Colwen Hotels announces new General Manager of Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH  03801

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Colwen Hotels announces new General Manager of
Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH, April 7, 2010 –
Colwen Hotels, the managing company for Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Portsmouth, NH, has announced Ron Rockelein as the General Manager for this premier downtown property. Hilton Garden Inn offers superior guest services and amenities for business travelers and leisure guests. With an onsite restaurant and lounge, as well as indoor saltwater pool and fitness room, the hotel looks to maintain and excel in its services and operations through the strategic placement of Rockelein as the new General Manager.

In addition to the flexible function space Hilton Garden Inn offers, the new adjacent Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center is expected to bring many new guests to the area. Hilton Garden Inn is well situated to serve the needs of these visitors with its ideal location, well accommodating guest rooms and on-site dining. The appointment of Rockelein as the new General Manager will enhance this advantage.

Rockelein, with more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, is no stranger to Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Seacoast region. In addition to leading the management team for the Marriott Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott in Portsmouth, Rockelein was also General Manager for Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel in neighboring New Castle. During this time, the hotel team was credited for improvements in customer satisfaction, and increases in annual revenues and gross operating profits. The hotel staff earned such awards as “Top 20 in Customer Satisfaction”, “Hotel of the Year,” “Food and Beverage Excellence”, and “Market Excellence, Most Improved” from Marriott Corporation, as well as achieving positions on the highly acclaimed Condé Nast Traveler Gold List (2007) and the National Geographic Traveler Stay List (2007).

Rockelein’s previous experience also includes successful tenures as General Manager at Hilton Albuquerque and Hilton Santa Fe, in addition to managing a portfolio of six Phoenix Inn properties throughout Oregon and Washington.

"We are excited to have such an experienced and driven leader on our team. Ron carries out our management objectives to provide high-quality service to our guests and efficient operations for our owners," says Wendell Butcher, President of Colwen Management. “We are pleased Ron has joined our Colwen Management team and the hotel staff has already enjoyed working closely with him. “

Rockelein is a Michigan State University graduate, and completed Cornell University’s renowned Hotel Management program. Rockelein has served on the board of directors of New England Inns & Resorts, the City of Santa Fe Occupancy Tax Advisory Board, the New Mexico Lodgers’ Association, and the Central Oregon Visitors Association. He is a former vice president of the Santa Fe Lodgers’ Association and a past treasurer of the Bend Downtowner’s Association (Oregon).  

Rockelein and his wife, Amelia, have two children; Shelby, 12 and Joe, 10.

About Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown, a Hilton property, is located in the heart of a historic downtown seaport and surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, shops, boutiques, theaters, galleries and waterfront gardens. With 131 guest rooms, function space for up to 100, on-site Great American Grill, Pavilion Lounge, indoor saltwater pool and fitness center, Hilton Garden Inn delivers quality guest service for business or leisure guests.

About Colwen Hotels
Colwen Management oversees the management of numerous hotel properties throughout the country, directs all activities within the properties, and maintains standards set by Marriott International and Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Colwen has a well-rounded management group, solid philosophies and principles, and goals they can accomplish through service to their customers, associates, and owners.