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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Vazquez Promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing for AHLEI

      Orlando, Florida, July 2010 - Brenda L. Vazquez, MHS, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing for the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, EI president and Chief Operating Officer Robert L. Steele III, CHA, has announced. Vazquez leads a seven-member marketing team responsible for marketing and public relations activities related to EI's lodging, specialized markets, academic, and international audiences.

      Vazquez has been with EI since 1999. She first worked in the Information Technology department, then moved to the Lodging Industry Sales department where her responsibilities also included Partner State Association liaison. In 2002, Vazquez oversaw marketing for the lodging and international markets. In 2006, she became Senior Director of Marketing, overseeing marketing for EI's Orlando and Lansing, Michigan, offices. In 2009, she was named Vice President of Marketing.

      Prior to joining EI, Vazquez was employed by Associated Merchandising Corporation in New York. Her responsibilities included domestic and international sales, as well as quality assurance/control for product development.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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