DALLAS – September 30, 2007 – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced today that Hyatt Regency Dallas General Manager Steve Vissotzky receives the “Donald N. Pritzker Award of Excellence” for 2006. Thirteen general managers from 117 U.S.-based hotels were nominated for this prestigious award. The award was presented to Vissotzky at the annual General Managers Meeting held in Scottsdale, AZ, September 26-29, 2007.
The Donald N. Pritzker Award was established in 1979 to honor Hyatt’s most outstanding General Managers. Criteria for winning this award include: overall achievement in the financial success of the property, outstanding guest service experience, successful achievement of customer satisfaction and meeting planner scores, creation of a positive work environment as evidenced by employee opinion surveys, overall display of leadership qualities that are valued by Hyatt including: creativity, initiative, high-energy, business acumen, positive owner relations and communications skills.
With more than 27 years at Hyatt, Vissotzky has served in his current position for eight years. Prior to joining Hyatt Regency Dallas in 1999, Vissotzky served as general manager in Miami and previously as general manager in Cambridge. He has served in the general manager role for the past 20 years.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized with the Pritzker Award. The Pritzker family represents the cornerstone of our culture, injecting integrity throughout our daily lives,” says Hyatt Regency Dallas general manager Steve Vissotzky. “This award is a reflection of the entire hotel’s efforts which contributed to an extremely successful 2006. I thank each one of our 600 employees for their hard work and dedication.”
Actively involved in the community, Vissotzky currently serves on the board of directors for the Hotel Association of Greater Dallas, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. He has served as president of the Hotel Association of Greater Dallas as well as on the board of directors for the Downtown Improvement District and Central Dallas Association. Vissotzky holds bachelors of Science degrees in business and hotel management from Washington State University.
The 1,122-room Hyatt Regency Dallas features 160,000 square feet of function space including three ballrooms, two exhibit halls, 56 meeting rooms and 42 hospitality suites. A historical perspective of the city is presented on three levels of the property through its Reflections of Dallas photo and art exhibit. The silhouette of the hotel and adjoining 50story Reunion Tower has given the Dallas skyline worldwide recognition. The property is owned by entities affiliated with Hunt-Woodbine Realty Corporation. For more information, visit www.hyattregencydallas.com or call 214.651.1234.
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