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Soon-to-Open AC Hotel Columbus Downtown Appoints Executive Team

AC Hotel Columbus Downtown appointments

The AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, managed by Concord Hospitality, announced the appointment of General Manager Lisa Garner, Assistant General Manager Maxwell Chick and Director of Sales and Marketing Jennifer Myers.

The executive team will oversee operations of the new-build, 160-room property, which will open its doors this spring as a premiere destination for business and leisure travelers looking to experience Columbus.

Garner brings more than 30 years of industry knowledge and experience to the AC Columbus team. She joined Concord Hospitality in 2017 as Dual General Manager of the Marriott Columbus University Area and Residence Inn Columbus University Area hotels. She will continue to oversee these properties in addition to the AC Columbus as Area General Manager. Prior to joining Concord Hospitality, Garner served as General Manager at Winegardner and Hammons Inc. for more than 20 years. She is actively involved with several organizations and committees focused on the hospitality industry and civic responsibility, including the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, The Ohio State University Hospitality Program and Experience Columbus. In between juggling multiple hotel properties, Garner enjoys family time, sports, cooking and outdoor activities.

“Columbus is filled with history and an eclectic local culture – from art gallery hopping to uncovering some of the city’s best dives to rooting for the home team at a Buckeyes game, a visit to Columbus evokes nostalgia while sparking travelers’ curiosity and creativity at the same time,” said Garner. “The opening of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown marks a modern renaissance of the city’s arts and entertainment with a product that’s designed to put our guests at the center of it all. We look forward to welcoming visitors and encouraging them to explore and experience the best Columbus has to offer.”

Born and raised in Columbus, Chick began his hospitality career with Marriott International where he recently opened the AC Hotel Charlotte SouthPark as Assistant General Manager. In his new role at AC Columbus, Chick will be responsible for assisting with the management of daily operations, staff development, budgeting and financial planning, increasing sales and revenue and ensuring guest satisfaction. Chick is an avid sports fan, loves a competitive board game and is always searching for the best place in town for a sandwich.

A central Ohio native, Myers has a wealth of experience working with properties across various brands, with a specialty in growing corporate brand awareness. After working for two major Cincinnati hotels, she moved to Chicago to join Club Quarters Hotels in Global Sales. Twelve years later, she returned to Columbus as Director of Entertainment and Travel Industry Sales at Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection. In her new role, Myers will be responsible for leading AC Columbus’ sales, marketing and public relations efforts, developing strategies for revenue growth and managing a team of sales associates. A born performer, Myers is a family-oriented individual with a passion for acting and the arts.  

With a prime location that intersects downtown’s bustling business neighborhood – Arena District – and Short North Arts District, the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown will feature 160 European-inspired guest rooms, AC Kitchen with European-inspired breakfasts, 2,400 square feet of event space with floor-to-ceiling panoramic skyline views, and the AC Lounge by Lumin Skybar – a unique rooftop experience with craft beer, signature cocktails and Spanish-inspired tapas plates.

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