Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center Employees Celebrate Quarter of a Century of Service
Tarrytown, NY - April 10, 2008-- During the past quarter of a century, Westchester County has seen many changes in big business--General Motors has come and gone, while other companies, such as IBM and Hitachi, have taken root. Cell phones, wireless technology, and online reservations were not part of the landscape back then. But technology and big business are not the only things that have changed the County's residential and working landscape. Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, located in the Hudson River Valley, has seen monumental changes of its own, and three employees who've been with the property for more than 25 years, have seen them all.
Hotel accounts receivable agent Marie Sebastiano (25 years), houseman Percio Martinez (27 years), and room attendant Josefina Ledesman (31 years), all celebrating a quarter of a century or more of service at the hotel, have seen advancements in everything ranging from technology to dining. They've watched the property expand from 148 guest rooms to 212 luxurious rooms and suites and payphones transition to cell phones. They've even witnessed breakthroughs in health and wellness.
"Three decades ago, the personal computer was a brand new concept, 10 cent pay-phones were commonplace and Jimmy Carter was President," said Joe Santore, general manager for Destination Hotels and Resorts, which owns and manages the property. "Although the physical foundation of our great estate was placed over 160 years ago in the form of granite and brick, our employees are the true foundation and the reason why the world's top business executives have called Tarrytown House Estate home for over four decades."
"At any time, 25 years brings a lot of changes," says Marie Sebastiano. "But what's transpired since I joined the hotel has been pretty amazing, especially technologically. My job is not the same as it once was and there was a long learning process to get to where we are now. Our service has never been better and our property has never looked more beautiful."
The three employees have worked with seven different general managers and experienced logistical and other changes under four ownership groups, including noted former owner Bob Schwartz, who essentially invented the executive conference center concept.
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Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center is the perfect place to experience the traditional pleasures of the majestic Hudson Valley, while enjoying gracious accommodations, gardens and resort amenities, all within an easy ride of New York City. The first and one of the foremost executive conference centers in the U.S., Tarrytown House features 212 guest rooms and an array of recreational options, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts and a fully equipped fitness center, sauna and whirlpool. Massage and spa treatments are available by appointment.
Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
Mary T. Prenon
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