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NEW GENERAL MANAGER TAKES THE HELM AT DOLCE BASKING RIDGE, NJ

(Forimmediaterelease.net) Dolce’s Regional Area Director to Expand Responsibilities and Lead Award-Winning Hotel.
Steve Giblin, President and COO Dolce International announced that Geoff Lawson has been appointed the new General Manager of Dolce Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the 24th property in Dolce’s growing portfolio of Hotel, Resort&Conference Destinations.

This new role is in addition to Lawson’s current responsibilities as Regional Area Director where he oversees five first-class Dolce properties in New York, Connecticut and Toronto, Canada. In addition to his property responsibilities, Lawson is also accountable for Dolce’s Corporate Quality initiative.

Lawson brings more than three decades of experience in the meeting and hospitality industry to his new position. He has been with Dolce International for 14 years, joining the conference center industry in 1993 as a member of the pre-opening team at the Bank of Montreal Institute for Learning in Toronto. He has also held several positions with the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) including past president and second vice president.

“Throughout Geoff’s career with Dolce International, he has developed a proven record as an effective leader and strategic planner,” said Giblin. “Geoff provides a positive impact on every aspect of our business and I am confident that he will carry on the proud tradition of Dolce hospitality as General Manager of Dolce Basking Ridge.”

As General Manager, Lawson will oversee all aspects of the Dolce Basking Ridge’s operations including a multi-million dollar refurbishment scheduled for completion by the end of the year. “I welcome the opportunity to lead Dolce Basking Ridge to a new level of excellence,” said Lawson. “Dolce International is committed to provide the best meeting experience, a great guest experience and top amenities with an unparalleled commitment to our meeting and leisure guests, the communities in which we operate and our valued associates.”

Prior to joining Dolce International, Lawson honed his hospitality skills at Princess Hotels, Leading&Preferred Hotels of the World. He is a graduate of the Hospitality&Administration – Hotel Major program at Centennial College in Toronto. He resides in the Suffern, New York area with his family.

Dolce Basking Ridge is a AAA Four Diamond property less than an hour from midtown Manhattan, ideally situated to serve Fortune 500 companies in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan region. With 171 deluxe guest rooms and suites, 20,000 square feet of meeting space and a relaxing, retreat like setting, the property offers a perfect venue for business meetings, training sessions, weekend retreats, receptions and social events.

Dolce Basking Ridge GM
Set amidst 35-wooded acres, this deluxe hotel and conference facility offers cutting edge technology and top business traveler amenities in a relaxing, retreat-like environment. Guest facilities include 20,000 square feet of conference space comprised of 25 meeting and breakout rooms including a 4,700 square-foot ballroom and a tiered Amphitheater with data and voice connections. The property offers state-of-the art audio-visual capabilities including ISDN lines throughout the building for video teleconferencing or file sharing and amenities such as a dedicated conference planning team, 24-hour self serve business center, personal work stations, 18-hour ergonomic chairs in all meeting rooms and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Located less than an hour from New York City and 40 minutes from Newark International Airport, Dolce Basking Ridge joins IBM Palisades, IBM Leadership Centre and Dolce Norwalk to give NY area customers four great properties in the Dolce brand to host their meeting, leisure and business travelers.

For more information or reservations, call 800-57-DOLCE or visit www.baskingridge.dolce.com

About Dolce International: Dolce International is a global hospitality company specializing in the meetings experience. The company has a portfolio of 24 unique properties in the United States, Canada and Europe. Each property features a different style ranging from a contemporary conference hotel, to an authentic alpine village, to a modern Spanish resort by the sea, to a traditional corporate learning center. All Dolce Destinations meet the high standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). While Dolce International specializes in the meetings niche of the hospitality industry, the company also caters to leisure travelers, individual business travelers and offers a variety of venues for events. Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and Paris, France, the company has approximately 3,000 employees. For more information, visit the website at www.dolce.com.

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CONTACT: Michael Grossman Senior Director of Global Distribution Dolce International Phone: (201) 505-4413 e-mail: michael.grossman@dolce.com

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