MIDDLETON, Wis., and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – June 18, 2007 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts proudly announces Ed Hauptmann as the new director of sales and marketing at the Marriott Madison West Hotel, 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton, Wis. (www.marriottmadisonwest.com).  Hauptmann brings 25 years of hospitality and management experience acquired from his service at hotels throughout the Southeast and Eastern seaboard.  The Marriott Madison West Hotel is operated by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com).

As director of sales and marketing, Hauptmann oversees all events and catering operations.  He is also responsible for generating new business opportunities and leading marketing and sales efforts at the hotel.  Hauptmann most recently served as senior sales manager at Marriott International’s Atlanta regional sales center, where he assisted 49 hotels with generating contracts, booking meeting space and reserving hotel rooms.

Prior to his position as senior sales manager, he served as a general manager and director of sales for Marriott Hotels in Georgia and Tennessee.  He also held the regional marketing manager position for Interstate Management & Investment Corporation, where he directed site training and managed a sales force to support staff at 17 hotels across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

“Hauptmann exhibits a strong desire to uphold John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to quality service. Having worked at a property and regional level with Marriott, he brings a unique understanding of the brand and a history of success,” said Kevin Smith, general manager of the Marriott Madison West Hotel.

Hauptmann began in the hospitality industry as a college student working at the front desk of the Waldorf Astoria, where he met various celebrities such as Zsa Zsa Gabor and Muhammad Ali.  Hauptmann holds a degree in hotel administration with a minor in culinary arts from City University of New York.

About the Marriott Madison West Hotel
Minutes from downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin, the Madison Marriott West is easily accessible from the Dane County Regional Airport and by major highway.  Offering a convenient stay with comfortable accommodations and great amenities, the hotel provides spacious guest rooms complete with work desk, high-speed Internet access and cable television.  Onsite dining is available in the Tiffany Grille restaurant or Fountain Court lounge.  Guests may also relax at the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

The Marriott Madison West easily accommodates group events and meetings of any size.  Known for its experienced culinary team, the hotel creates beautiful weddings in the 10-story atrium.  The hotel also offers more than 65,000 square feet of versatile event space equipped with the latest meeting technology for highly productive meetings.  For more information, to make a reservation or to book an event, please call (608) 831-2000 or visit www.marriottmadisonwest.com.  The Marriott Madison West Hotel can also be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus MSNWEM, Sabre 38909, Apollo 91810 and Worldspan MSNWE.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including:  Embassy Suites Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands.  With 73 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets.  Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 185 hotels.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.