Monday, April 18, 2011

HEI Hotels & Resorts Promotes Four to Hotel Management Ranks

NORWALK, CT, April 18, 2011—HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), the nation’s fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced the promotion of four individuals to property-level managerial positions: 

·           Don Cook (top right photo) was promoted to general manager of the 222-room The Hotel Minneapolis – Autograph Collection.

·           Frank Quallen (middle left photo) was promoted to complex general manager over the Atlanta Marriott Northwest and Marriott Norcross.

·            Rodney Gooden (middle right photo) was named hotel manager of the Marriott Norcross, reporting to Frank Quallen. 

·           Evan Evans (lower left photo) was named general manager of the 202-room Le Meridien Philadelphia.

“HEI has a long tradition of promoting from within, and these appointments recognize and reward the outstanding contributions of these individuals, as well as their commitment to excellence and proven leadership ability,” said Ted Darnall (top left photo) chief operating officer. 

 “We’re confident that they will be able to create a great customer and associate experience at their new properties and positively impact hotel performance.”

Don Cook

A 15-year hotel industry veteran, Cook joined HEI in 2004 as director of food & beverage at the company’s Atlanta Marriott Northwest Prior to joining HEI, Cook spent 10 years with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in both food & beverage and general management.  Cook has relocated to Minneapolis to assume his new position as general manager of The Hotel Minneapolis – Autograph Collection.


Frank Quallen

Quallen joined HEI in 2004 as the general manager of the Marriott Norcross, where, under his leadership, the hotel achieved RevPAR Index for three straight years.  Following the relocation of Don Cook to Minneapolis, Quallen was promoted to a newly created position, complex general manager, which adds oversight of the Atlanta Marriott Northwest to his general manager duties at the Marriott Norcross.  Prior to HEI and the Marriott Norcross, Quallen was the director of food & beverage for the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown. 

Rodney Gooden

Prior to his current promotion to hotel manager of the Marriott Norcross reporting to Frank Quallen, Gooden was the director of operations at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest.  He joined HEI in December 2006 as the operations manager at the 224-room Marriott Fullerton atCalifornia State University.  Prior to joining HEI, he was a general manager for DKN Hotels in Westwood, Calif.


Evan Evans

Evans moves up to general manager of the Le Meridien in Philadelphia, where he has served as hotel manager since April 2010.  He joined HEI in January 2008 as the director of operations of the Westin Philadelphia.  Previously, Evans was a regional manager for the Starr Restaurant Organization. 

  For more information about HEI, visit the company’s website,

Media Contact:  Stephanie Rhodes, HEI Hotels & Resorts, 203-849-2297

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