Renaissance Seattle Hotel Adds Experience

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Names Nancy Helms Director of Sales and Marketing

Renaissance Seattle Hotel adds new energy and leadership to its management team with the appointment of Nancy Helms as director of sales and marketing. A hospitality industry veteran, Helms brings 17 years of sales success and creative marketing expertise to her new role guiding the hotel's sales and marketing efforts.

Helms previously held key positions at several of downtown Seattle's finest hotels, including the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel (now the Fairmont Olympic), The Westin and The Edgewater. Her resume also includes sales, marketing and executive roles with meeting planner Helms/Briscoe and the Grand Heritage Hotel Group in Portland, Oregon.

Her broad experience includes repositioning niche hotels to attract new audiences, driving sales growth, and promoting special events. She has extensive background in designing advertising campaigns in all media, including the Internet, radio, video, direct mail and print advertising. During her work as a meeting planner, she earned a Certified Meeting Planner designation.

Helms joins the downtown Seattle, WA hotel as it undergoes a $25 million remodel that will touch every room and public space in the hotel, transforming it into Seattle's premier boutique hotel destination. With the renovations due for completion in April 2009, Helms will play a key role in presenting the Renaissance's luxurious new ambiance to the public.

"In our search for the right candidate, local experience was preferable, to help build solid relationships in our market," general manager Rene Neidhart said. "Nancy had that experience, and came highly recommended."

About Renaissance Seattle Hotel
The Renaissance Seattle Hotel is centrally located in downtown Seattle, on Madison Street just steps from Qwest and Safeco Fields, Pike Place Market and the city's finest shopping. This luxurious Seattle, Washington hotel is only 20 minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, with easy access to major freeways. Enjoy the convenience of this Seattle family hotel boasting breathtaking views of Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountain Range, and the vibrant, eclectic downtown skyline. A colorful lobby features painting by local artists, complemented by modern furnishings, while spacious rooms at this esteemed Pike Place Market hotel feature upscale amenities. The sophistication and comfort of Renaissance s Seattle, WA hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. A fully equipped fitness center, an indoor pool, café style dining at Maxwell s and high-speed Internet access are among several on-site offerings. It's everything you'd expect a full-service downtown Seattle hotel to be, and more. For more information or to make a reservation, call (206) 583-0300 or visit http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/seasm.

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