• Tilman Fertitta announces director of events for new Housten property

    POSTED October 6, 2017

Leo Hamel has been named the director of events and events services for The Post Oak, a new mixed-use tower, when it opens in early 2018. With over 30 years of industry experience, Hamel brings a strong background in event sales and operations. His impressive resume includes years as the director of events and event services for numerous Hyatt Regency locations across the country as well as Banquet Manager at the Marriott. From business to pleasure, Hamel will oversee all events at the stylish 10-acre property.

The Tilman J. Fertitta-owned property will be a luxurious addition to Houston’s Galleria and Uptown districts. The area's booming event scene will make good use of the 38-story tower's 700,000 square feet, catering to both business and leisure guests. Featuring the area’s largest ballroom and 250 posh hotel rooms, groups of every size will fall in love with The Post Oak. 

“The Post Oak will be a hub for Houston’s dynamic event scene and requires management of the highest caliber, said Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Post Oak. “I’m confident Leo will deliver services that cater to the city’s preeminent social calendar.”

The greenery, elegant oaks, and peaceful water fountains planned for the 150,000 square feet of boutique office space, and 20 executive residences, will feel like a relaxing oasis. The tower's lobby will boast a gorgeous grand chandelier, fantastic artwork, a plush living area, exquisite finishes, and furnishings that perfectly juxtapose the tranquility of the grounds with the extravagant. Unobstructed views of the surrounding neighborhoods and Downtown provide guests a vision of Texas like never before. Dine in one of the exquisite outdoor patios, Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse, and the new Willie G’s Seafood. Home to the world’s first two-story Rolls-Royce, a Bentley and Bugatti showroom, designer boutique, one-of-a-kind spa and salon experiences, and over 1,000 parking spaces, The Oak Post will be the definition of excellence.

Houston City Council approved the appointment of Brenda Bazan as the new president and CEO of the Houston First Corporation (HFC).

“It’s an honor to be selected by Mayor Turner and confirmed by the city council,” said Bazan.


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