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Published on : Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) is reinvigorating the Pittsburgh Uptown neighborhood by investing $3 million in property renovations and hiring top local talent to make the Cambria hotel & suites Pittsburgh-Downtown the No.1 destination hotel for business and leisure travelers. New employees include General Manager Jackie Gillespie, Director of Sales Molly Sweet, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage Joe Nolan, Sales Manager Mary Ellen Pifer, and Catering Sales Manager Tracy Anderson. With extensive experience at other fine Pittsburgh hotels, each of these key hires brings a passion for making this hotel the anchor of Pittsburgh’s Uptown renaissance.
“The Cambria hotel & suites Pittsburgh-Downtown will surely be the envy of all hotels in the revitalized Uptown corridor,” said General Manager Jackie Gillespie. “Meyer Jabara Hotels purchased and repositioned this once underperforming property and turned it into a boutique hotel that is upscale, but not uptight. Just as the neighborhood is transforming, so is this property and visitors from near and far will be amazed at the results when the final product — including new guestrooms, ballroom, restaurant/bar/patio and lobby — is revealed later this year. I couldn’t be happier to be working with this incredible team in a city that I love, and I know the leaders at Meyer Jabara Hotels feel the same way. Our newly-hired team brings the ideal mix of talent this hotel needs to ensure its success long into the future.”
Justin Jabara, MJH VP of Development and Acquisitions, said bringing Gillespie in as general manager was a strategic move to drive the Cambria hotel & suites Pittsburgh-Downtown forward. The ownership and management group has been shattering the glass ceiling by placing female hoteliers in executive positions at hotels across its portfolio of 22 hotels, representing 4,000 guestrooms across 10 states, including 14 restaurants. Traditionally, most downtown Pittsburgh hotels have been led by male GM’s, but this is clearly changing with Gillespie at the helm. Her impressive track record of managing the sales and marketing efforts at other hotels in the greater Pittsburgh area made Gillespie the natural choice to lead the team of exceptional managers and relaunch the newly renovated property to the market.
“Meyer Jabara Hotels is always on the cutting-edge of neighborhood development in all the cities where we have properties, and Pittsburgh is no exception,” Jabara said. “We believe the substantial investment we are making in the Cambria hotels & suites Pittsburgh-Downtown — in both the property and its management team — will give this hotel the infusion it needs to attract travelers and local patrons and keep them coming back.”