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Richard C. Kessler Announces New Coo The Kessler Collection

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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The Kessler Collection
The Kessler Collection

The Kessler Collection – a portfolio of 10 artistically inspired boutique hotels – is thrilled to announce the next step in its ever-growing enterprise. Mr. Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection, appointed Mark Kessler and Laura Kessler Van Til as president and chief operating officers of The Kessler Collection as of Oct. 3, 2011, dividing leadership duties between the western and eastern properties.

“When I built this company, it was with every intention that my family would be closely involved in the business for generations,” said Mr. Richard Kessler. “It is my distinct honor and pleasure to announce the promotion of my son, Mark Kessler, to president and COO of western operations, and my daughter, Laura Kessler Van Til, as president and COO of eastern operations. Each of them have an undeniable passion and genuine love for the company and will thrive as leaders, carrying forward the Kessler Collection mission: Inspiring Places, Intuitive Service, Exuberant Guests.”

Mark Kessler most recently served as senior vice president of marketing and business relations for The Kessler Collection. His vast experience with The Kessler Enterprise ranges from branding and marketing strategy to project management, as well as site selection, asset management and concept development. In addition to his new role as president and COO of western properties, Mark serves as chair of the operations council and is responsible for asset management and reporting to all company stakeholders. Mark chairs the Kessler Collection Philanthropy Committee and is a board member of Central Florida and Northern Florida’s Make a Wish Foundation. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Management and Hospitality Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Laura Kessler Van Til’s valuable experience with The Kessler Collection ranges from director of project planning to most recently, senior vice president of operations, where she was responsible for pre-opening of three properties and managed operational departments, including food and beverage, purchasing, design and capital expenditures. Laura Kessler Van Til graduated from Cornell’s Hotel School and over time has gained valuable experience in real estate investment and development, hotel operations, property repositioning and renovation, and corporate strategy. In addition, Laura completed her MBA in Finance at Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and furthered her knowledge at the American International Group in the Global Real Estate Investment Group in New York, providing the underwriting and analysis of residential, retail and hospitality investments for their U.S. and international investment portfolio.

As chief operating officers of The Kessler Collection, Mark Kessler and Laura Kessler Van Til are responsible for the daily management and operations of the company and routine reports to the chief executive officer, Richard Kessler. They will build on the foundation and reputation of The Kessler Collection, by defining the strategy, driving profitability and ensuring guest satisfaction for the premier luxury hospitality brand. Mr. Richard Kessler will continue his role as CEO of the company, focusing his attention on future growth and business development, and giving the new chief operating officers full responsibility for hotel operations.

From the east coast to the American west, The Kessler Collection creates inspiring and extraordinary experiences for guests, offering perfect vacation spots for adventure, romance, relaxation or discovery. The Kessler Collection hotels include El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, The Castle Hotel, Beaver Creek Lodge, Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Casa Monica Hotel St. Augustine, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Kessler Canyon of Colorado and Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga.

For more information or to book a stay at any of the Kessler Collection properties, please visit www.kesslercollection.com.

About the Kessler Collection
The Kessler Collection's portfolio of uniquely designed though equally artistically inspired four and five-diamond boutique properties exude elegance, character and comfort in every expertly detailed touch point and unmatched personalized service. Whether visiting properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado or New Mexico, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences, personally acquired for that hotel by the Kessler family, are decidedly approachable, creating a magical and engaging atmosphere. Whether learning the history behind art collections or relaxing in the comforts of home, Kessler Collection hotel guests are immersed in stories waiting to be uncovered around every corner. For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit www.kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.

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