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August 3, 2004

CW names Phillip Cunningham manager of Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center

Phillip Cunningham, an accomplished hotelier with more than two decades in the hospitality business, has been named general manager of the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center. Cunningham will be responsible for the comprehensive direction and oversight of this historic hotel property that is the main driver of Colonial Williamsburg’s group business hospitality operations.

“Phillip has joined the Lodge at an historic time for the property and for Colonial Williamsburg. The Lodge renovation project enhances the stature of our hotel properties serving the nation’s largest living history museum,” said John Hallowell, president-Hospitality for Colonial Williamsburg. “Phillip will be working closely with me and other members of the Lodge and hospitality leadership team on the renovation.”

Opened to guests in 1939, the Williamsburg Lodge is one of the original Colonial Williamsburg hotels, constructed under the guidance of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the founder and first benefactor of the town’s restoration. The Lodge renovation began in June and is scheduled for completion in late 2006. When complete, the facility will feature 130 new guest rooms for a total of 323, an all-new, larger 45,000 square foot conference center and new restaurant.

Cunningham previously worked at Interstate Hotels in Houston where he was general manager of the Marriott and Hilton Hotel properties and recently accepted Interstate’s Hotel-of-the-Year Award for the company’s Crossroads Division. Prior to that, he was the vice president of operations with The Burks Companies luxury hotel support in Atlanta and the general manager of the Kellogg Conference Center at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. Cunningham also has held leadership and various other hospitality positions with Hilton Southwest in Houston, Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Westin Hotels in Los Angeles and Kansas City, Mo., and with the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Shelia, have four boys, Joshua, 13, Joseph, 15, Phillip, 17, and Aaron, 22.

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