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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Announces Four General Manager Promotions

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2014-- Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced four general manager promotions. Jim Waldvogel has been promoted to area vice president and general manager of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center; Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister® Hotel; Omar Naimi, general manager of the InterContinental Milwaukee; and Skip Harless, general manager of the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

Jim Waldvogelwill be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and will have operational oversight of the company’s two other Milwaukee properties, The Pfister Hotel and InterContinental Milwaukee. He will also continue to oversee the company’s two Minneapolis properties, the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington and the Crowne Plaza-Northstar. Promoted to area vice president in April 2014, Waldvogel joined the company in 1997 as general manager of the Crowne Plaza-Northstar hotel and was promoted to general manager of the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington in 2007. Waldvogel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Tim Smith, a nearly 30-year veteran of The Marcus Corporation, will oversee operations of the company’s flagship property, The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. Smith joined the company in 1987 as an account executive at the Marc Plaza (now Hilton Milwaukee) and held various sales positions within the company. In 2005 he was named corporate director of sales and in 2007 he was promoted to his most recent position as general manager of InterContinental Milwaukee. Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

Omar Naimiis the new general manager of the InterContinental Milwaukee. Naimi joined the company in 2011 as director of hotel operations and interim general manager of The Pfister Hotel. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Naimi served as general manager of the Tanjung Rhu Resort and Spa in Langkawi, Malaysia. Prior to this role, Naimi spent 12 years with Marriott Hotels & Resorts working in operations and food and beverage positions at some of Marriott’s most luxurious properties. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. He also holds a hotel diploma from the Hotel Institute Montreux in Montreux, Switzerland.

Skip Harless has been named general manager of the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. With more than 24 years of experience with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Harless joined the company in May 2014 as resident manager of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Harless served as the senior executive assistant manager for the Hyatt Regency Denver in Denver, Colo. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

“Jim, Tim, Omar and Skip have demonstrated great professionalism and leadership within our company and I have great faith that all four of these individuals will continue to make significant contributions to the continued success of Marcus Hotels & Resorts,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation.

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Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS). When it assumes management of The Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach, Fla. on November 1, the company will own and/or manage 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

Source: The Marcus Corporation

For additional information, contact:
The Marcus Corporation
Jessica Vollrath
(414) 221-0218

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