Seven ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Conference Centers Selected as 2004 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award Winners

The Harrison Conference Center in Lake Bluff, Ill. ranked second, while the Harrison Conference Center & Hotel - Princeton Forrestal Center, Plainsboro, N.J., ranked third.

Aramark Other ARAMARK Harrison Lodging properties among the top 33 conference centers include the Harrison Conference Center at Glen Clove in Glen Cove, N.Y.; Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, Mass; the National Conference Center in Landsdowne, Va.; the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center in Durham, N.C. and the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

"This award reflects ARAMARK Harrison Lodging's ongoing dedication to quality service and guest satisfaction," said Rory Loberg, president, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. "We are honored that seven of our properties have been recognized for their excellence by the readers of Successful Meetings."

Pinnacle Award winners are chosen by the readers of Successful Meetings magazine -- more than 71,000 corporate and association meeting/convention planners have the chance to vote for their top picks. Now in its 20th year, the awards recognize hotels, resorts, conference facilities and destination support organizations for excellence in supporting meetings, incentive travel and trade show programs. Criteria for the Pinnacle Awards includes conference services; meeting space and room design; technical facilities and services; guest accommodations; food and beverage schedule and quantity; package pricing value; recreational amenities and location.

Industry experts have compared the Pinnacle to other prestigious travel awards such as the Mobile 5-Star and the AAA 5-Diamond. The Pinnacle Award has earned the reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting planners and conference center executives alike. Pinnacle Award winners are announced each August in Successful Meetings' annual Pinnacle Registry.

Offering effective environments for learning, communication and personal growth, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging operates approximately 50 conference centers, corporate training centers and specialty hotels in educational environments - primarily located close to leading business destinations and/or institutes of higher learning. The company supports the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).

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