Guest post by John Menghini, Towne Health Vice President - Operations 
TP Nation,

It is my pleasure to announce the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Formerly the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons, the building was purchased by the City of Cedar Rapids and underwent a two-year $144 million dollar transformation.  The complex consists of a 267 room hotel, an 80,000 square foot convention center and a 9,600 seat arena, the U.S. Cellular Center, designed as the cornerstone to the rebirth of the Cedar Rapids downtown district after the devastating flood of 2008.  This opening brings our total to three sites in Cedar Rapids.

Opening weekend was a resounding success.  Faced with hotel occupancy twice what was forecasted, the Towne Park team rose to the challenge including Friday night during a sold out Lady Antebellum concert.  A team consisting of both seasoned Towne Park veterans and new associates came together to operate as one well-oiled machine.   A special thanks to our Account Manager, Traci Olson, for her tireless work during opening and in the weeks leading up to it.  Great job Traci!

In an effort to teach, experience and promote Service Artistry, Executive Vice President of Hospitality Operations Matt Cahill and the Hospitality Vice Presidents will travel to a different Towne Park property each month to roll up their sleeves alongside our on-site teammates to prove they’ve still “got it!”

During the month of February, the Wheels Down Sleeves Up team spent three days in Dallas, a district that falls under the purview of Vice President of Operations Greg Tyler.  “Our team in Dallas was thrilled the Wheels Down Sleeves Up tour started in the Central Region.  Being the first district to have this great opportunity, Dallas was excited to take full advantage of working beside the executives!”