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Ryan Gullion Appointed GM Of Houston’s Hotel Sorella; Debuting July 2009

Property To Launch New Brand And Anchor Citycentre Mixed-Use Development.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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The Valencia Group’s Ryan Gullion has joined the pre-opening team of Houston’s Hotel Sorella as general manager. Most recently, he was the GM of the venerable Lancaster, a Houston institution managed by the Valencia Group.

Scheduled to premiere in July 2009, Hotel Sorella is poised to serve as a contemporary counterpoint to the downtown landmark and will also launch the Sorella brand. The 244-room, luxury property with globally influenced design cues will act as a key anchor for CityCentre, an innovative new mixed-use development on Houston’s west side, located amidst the affluent and picturesque Memorial residential area. Guests will enjoy pedestrian-friendly access to a range of premium shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, as well as close proximity to the Westchase and Energy Corridor business districts.

Prior to his position at The Lancaster, Gullion was the general manager of the Valencia Group’s San Jose, CA property, Hotel Valencia, Santana Row. He joined the Valencia Group in 2002, serving as the assistant general manager of the Hotel Valencia, Santana Row while providing pre-opening support for the award-winning Hotel Valencia, San Antonio.

Gullion began his hospitality career with Omni Hotels at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, FL as a Rooms Division management trainee. He was later promoted to assistant director of housekeeping at the AAA Five Diamond Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, TX and director of housekeeping at the AAA Four Diamond Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

Gullion holds and BS in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While earning his degree, he interned at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

About Valencia Group
Valencia Group, a Houston-based company, develops and operates full-service luxury hotels - most notably Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, California, and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Set in the cultural heart of each city, Valencia Group hotels fuse globally-inspired modern design with Mediterranean influences, becoming popular destinations for both guests and visitors. Other properties within the Valencia Group include Hotel Sorella (Houston, Dallas, TX); The Lancaster Hotel (Houston, TX); Hotel Georgia (Vancouver, Canada) and Lumière (Telluride, CO). Valencia Group continues to forge its position as a mixed-use anchor with projects under development in Vancouver, Houston and Austin, where the right balance of residential, retail and office are creating irreplaceable assets in great urban settings. For more information, please visit www.valenciagroup.com.
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