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    Scottsdale, Ariz. – February 12, 2015 – Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel is proud to announce the addition of two seasoned hospitality executives to the management team at the newest property in the Destination Hotels portfolio. Ken McKenzie, the resort’s new general manager, and Patrick Connors, director of sales and marketing, join the resort as it embarks on a repositioning phase and remodel. 

    “We are especially thrilled to welcome Ken and Patrick to Scottsdale Resort’s management team during such an exciting time at the property,” said Kevin Regan, senior vice president of operations, Western region, for Destination Hotels. “Ken’s tenure with Destination Hotels and proven results managing a property made him the ideal candidate to lead the resort in a new direction. With his leadership and Patrick’s extensive sales and marketing experience in the hospitality industry, we look forward to shaping the dynamic future of Scottsdale Resort.”

    McKenzie brings almost 45 years of hospitality experience to the general manager role, with more than three decades of executive-level project management experience on large resort construction and renovation projects. He spent the past 23 years at Tempe Mission Palms in nearby Tempe, Ariz., where he led the management teams through two different multi-million dollar renovations. McKenzie has extensive state- and national-level hospitality industry board experience, including serving on the Tempe Tourism Office board since 1992. He also has been active in the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA), currently serving as chairman. In 2003, AzLTA named him Manager of the Year and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2007. 

    As director of sales and marketing, Connors leads the property’s sales and marketing teams and manages the marketing budget along with the leisure, group, and catering sales teams. He also oversees the external advertising and public relations teams as they market the hotel to key audiences. Connors joins Scottsdale Resort after spending the past 27 years in sales, marketing and strategic planning positions in the hospitality industry, mostly recently serving as vice president of sales and marketing at The Wigwam in Phoenix. Previously, he worked in senior marketing and sales roles at Riviera Palm Springs, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

    About Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel Ideally situated between the pristine Sonoran Desert and the burgeoning shopping, restaurant, gallery, and nightlife scene of Scottsdale, Ariz., Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond resort that has provided a superior guest experience for nearly 39 years. Scottsdale Resort features 326 guest rooms, casitas, and suites each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. With more than 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the resort features 50 meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10 to 1,000. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter: @stayscottsdale. Like us on Facebook: TheScottsdaleResort.   About Destination Hotels Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 19 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 105 bars and restaurants. The privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels

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