ROSEMONT, Ill., April 10, 2013 — Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc., (FHG) announced today the hiring of Page Rust as director of sales and marketing for the company’s soon-to-open Residence Inn by Marriott Omaha Downtown. First Hospitality Group, Inc. President and COO Robert Habeeb made the announcement.
First Hospitality Group, Inc. is in the process of transforming the historic Federal Building in Omaha, Neb., to a Residence Inn by Marriott. Projected to open this summer, the 152-room hotel will highlight the building’s original art deco style, while offering the modern amenities and convenience today’s travelers expect.
As director of sales and marketing, Rust will build and drive the hotel’s sales team, promote the hotel within the Omaha community and create sales and advertising strategies to position the hotel for optimum success.
“Page brings an understanding of the Omaha community and passion for hospitality to our outstanding team at the Residence Inn by Marriott Omaha Downtown,” said Habeeb. “We are on track to open this property this summer and look forward to leveraging her expertise.”
Rust possesses more than 20 years of operational and sales experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining FHG, Rust served as the director of sales at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Omaha. She also worked in a number of management capacities at the Holiday Inn Omaha Old Mill, including serving as director of revenue, human resource manager, front desk manager and assistant general manager.
The development of this Residence Inn by Marriott is First Hospitality Group, Inc.’s latest in a series of conversion projects from a different asset class aimed at maximizing the potential of historic properties. This hotel follows the development of the Fairfield Inn and Suites in downtown Omaha and the Hyatt Place hotel in the historic Liberty Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Most recently, the company converted the historic Loyalty Building in Milwaukee, Wis., to a Hilton Garden Inn, which opened its doors in November 2012.
First Hospitality Group, Inc., is a national, experienced, and established hospitality management, and development company serving the investment and real estate industries. Since 1985, FHG has been an award-winning pioneer in the hospitality industry. FHG has successfully developed, marketed and managed over 16 brands and 50 properties throughout the Midwest. Visit www.fhginc.com.