General manager named for new Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), on behalf of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, today announced Hilton Hotels Corporation has appointed Linda Norman as general manager of the new Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, currently under construction at 401 West Pratt Street on Baltimore’s Westside.

Norman, employed by Hilton for more than 20 years and a valued member of its leadership team, has served for the past three years as general manager of the Hilton Los Angeles/Glendale Hotel in California. From 1996-2004, Norman served as general manager of the Doubletree Guest Suites-Tampa, and has held other management positions including assistant general manager at the Doubletree Guest Suites-New York City-Times Square.

“We are very pleased with Hilton’s selection of Linda Norman as the new general manager of the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel,” said Baltimore Hotel Corporation chairman M.J. “Jay” Brodie.” “Ms. Norman’s management experience in the hotel industry coupled with her drive and energy will be a tremendous asset to Baltimore.”

“With Linda Norman’s years of experience, knowledge and management abilities, she will enable the new Hilton Baltimore to gain market share and surpass guests’ expectations,” said Hilton Hotels Corporation Area vice president Frank Otero. “We’re thrilled to have Linda lead the new convention center hotel to success in guest service, revenue generation, property amenities and activities, as well as team member relations.

Assuming her new position in mid-August, Norman will oversee continuing phases of construction for the $230 million, 757-room Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, scheduled to open in August 2008.

Featuring direct pedestrian access via sky bridge to the Baltimore Convention Center, the Hilton Baltimore will offer 883,000 square feet of interior space, including a 25,000 square foot grand ballroom; a 15,000 square foot junior ballroom; an additional 22,000 square feet of flexible function space; three food and beverage outlets; a fitness center, and a business center. Retail space is also being included. Located on Pratt Street, between Paca and Howard Streets, the hotel is in walking distance to all Inner Harbor amenities and attractions.

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