PM Hospitality Strategies (PMHS), a hotel management company, today announced the appointment of Tara Kucharski as director of sales for the soon-to-open Westin Wilmington connected to the Chase Convention Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Del. The 180-room, four-star hotel is slated to open in the spring of 2014 and is a joint venture between Buccini/Pollin Group and Westport Capital. PMHS is overseeing construction, providing pre-opening services and will operate the hotel upon opening.
A native of the Wilmington area, Kucharski has worked her entire career in the hospitality industry, rising from a bartender at the locally popular Three Little Bakers dinner theater, and most recently serving as director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Suites Wilmington.
“Tara not only knows the hotel market in Wilmington, but has deep personal and business ties to the area, which will give us a tremendous advantage as we introduce the Westin brand to the state of Delaware,” said Joseph Bojanowski, PMHS president. “This hotel, with 100,000 square feet of its own meeting space, will enable Wilmington to accommodate groups that had previously expressed interest, but were too large for the existing hotel inventory. Tara’s combination of hotel sales and local market expertise will be critical in putting together all of the pieces to achieve this goal.”
The LEED-designed Westin Wilmington also will feature a legal center, full service restaurant, a Westin WORKOUT® Gym, indoor pool and 24-hour business center.
“The Westin is the first, new full-service hotel built in Wilmington in 20 years, and its convention center location in the heart of our entertainment and cultural center, gives us an opportunity to welcome new business and leisure visitors to our part of the first state,” Kucharski said. “With the addition of the Westin’s market leading meeting space, Wilmington now can compete with Philadelphia and Baltimore for convention and meeting business.”
Located at 815 Justison St., the Westin Wilmington will offer guests easy access to I-95 and the Philadelphia International Airport (30 mins.), neighboring restaurants and shops, as well as all of the riverfront’s attractions, including Frawley Stadium (home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks), the Delaware Theater Company, Delaware Children’s Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and a 15-screen IMAX theater.
PMHS is an award-winning, independent hotel management company, operating full-service and select-service hotels in the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Choice families of brands. The company’s expertise covers all aspect of hotel operations, including development, technical consulting, marketing, accounting, pre-opening services and on-going management. PMHS currently manages approximately 25 hotel and development projects, comprised of more than 4,000 rooms, throughout the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., PMHS has participated in the development and acquisition/renovation of dozens of hotels with a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. PMHS is an approved management company for all leading hotel brands. Additional information about the company may be found at www.pmhs.com.