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New Hyatt GM is a Familiar Face Downtown

August 23,2013

From  www.bizjournals.com

Atlanta’s second-largest hotel has a new leader, just as a host of new attractions are opening downtown.

Peter McMahon has taken over as general manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, a 1,260-room convention hotel on Peachtree Street that often hosts the city’s largest events, such as the upcoming Dragon Con event on Labor Day Weekend.

McMahon replaces Joe Hindsley, who transferred to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis on July 15 after nearly a decade at the Atlanta property.

Hindsley was very involved and well-liked in the Atlanta hotel industry. During his tenure, he led the hotel through a $65 million renovation, for which he was recognized this March when Hyatt Hotels Corp. named him “General Manager of the Year” for the company’s largest hotels in 2012.

It might have been a tall task for McMahon to fill his shoes had he not been so familiar with Hindsley, the hotel and the Atlanta market.

“We have similar careers and backgrounds,” said McMahon during an Aug. 19 interview. “It’s an honor to be here. I say that with humility.”

“Peter is not a new face to the Hyatt,” said A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress. “He has a great knowledge of downtown. He has a great knowledge of the community and, of course, the hotel. We look forward to working with him.”