Sage Hospitality Appoints Robert Cartwright as GM to Lead Lavishly Restored The Blackstone, A Chicago Renaissance Hotel

Apr 02, 2009, 12:43 ET from The Blackstone, A Chicago Renaissance Hotel

CHICAGO, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sage Hospitality, a national hospitality company, has selected Robert Cartwright, an industry innovator whose hospitality career spans 18-years and who is recognized for his accomplishments in collaborative team building, employee mentoring, and quality management techniques, to lead Chicago's legendary The Blackstone, A Chicago Renaissance Hotel near the Field Museum.

Alexandra Walterspiel, Sage's divisional vice president of premier and boutique hotels, described Cartwright as an exceptional fit to lead the famed Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenue: "Mr. Cartwright's dynamic leadership, marketing innovation, demonstrated hotel management success and his passion for hospitality will be invaluable assets for the continuing success of The Blackstone," observed Walterspiel.

Cartwright launched his hospitality career at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City in 1991. That post, as finance department coordinator, was a springboard for progressively more responsible management roles with the diverse collection of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide brands. Some notable assignments include: director of room operations for the Westin Copley Place in Boston; resort manager for The St. Regis Resort in California; corporate director of rooms, Starwood North America; and senior director, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Southern California region of Starwood.

Most recently, Cartwright served as the general manager of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, named "Green Hotel of the Year" for 2006 by the California Hotel Lodging Association.

Cartwright has a B.S. in Economics from State University of New York - Oneonta, NY and earned an advanced certificate in asset management, real estate and hotel investments at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. An avid civic leader, Cartwright served on the board of directors for the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Diego Hotel/Motel Association and the Old Globe Theatre.

About The Blackstone, A Chicago Renaissance Hotel

Located on South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago's arts district, The Blackstone Hotel is famous for its fabled "Smoke Filled" Room. The national landmark that provided regal lodgings for the 20th century's most famous figures, reopened last spring following a $128 million showcase restoration that preserved its architectural legacy while transforming it into a world-class, 332-room luxury hotel. For reservations, please call 312-447-0955 or visit

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