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With several decades of successful hospitality management experience, Keri Robinson has relocated to San Diego to lend her expertise to the role of area managing director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Robinson will also assume responsibilities as general manager for the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, which recently underwent a $28 million renovation.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Keri was the general manager of the Sheraton Seattle hotel. She was responsible for all aspects of the 1,258-room convention hotel. She oversaw its two-year, $130 million expansion that was completed in 2007, making it the largest hotel in Seattle.

Prior to joining the Sheraton Seattle, Keri was the general manager of The Westin Pasadena from January 2004 through May 2006 and the general manager of the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel from January 2000 through December 2003. In these assignments she led major renovations and repositioning efforts.

Before managing the hotels, Keri was the director of franchise operations for the western region of Starwood Hotels and Resorts' franchise division. In that position, she was the liaison between Starwood and general managers and owners of franchised Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels. She has been with Sheraton and its parent company Starwood for over 23 years.

With each hotel assignment, Keri has held key positions in the community, including board member for the Pasadena Center Operating Committee and vice president of the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce. She served on the executive board of directors for Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the executive board of directors for Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the executive board of directors of the Seattle Hotel Association. With her move to San Diego, she has recently joined the board of directors of the San Diego Port Tenant's Association.

Located on the ground level of the new Hilton San Diego Bayfront, sits the newly-opened and San Diego's first, FOX Sports Grill.

"We are very excited about FOX Sports Grill's arrival in San Diego. A city of great character, wonderful culinary options and passionate fans, San Diego proved to be the perfect compliment to what FOX Sports Grill has to offer," said William Dalls, chief executive officer. "We look forward to becoming an integral part of San Diego's community."

Executive chef and San Diego native, Christian Hunter, has been overseeing the FOX Sports Grill culinary vision since early 2008. Chef Hunter attended the California School of Culinary Arts before training under many master chefs, including Joachim Splichal of Patina and Louis Laulhere at La Vie En Rose. With a boundless passion for simple, delicious food that pleases all palates, Chef Hunter has a great appreciation for the deep bonds individuals can forge by sharing a meal.

The restaurant is open seven days a week with daily lunch specials during the week.

This Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., the second annual Gaslamp Art Showcase will be held on the streets of the entertainment district in downtown San Diego. The Art Showcase invites people to rediscover the beautiful and architecturally-rich Historic District by day as they tour each element of this event.

The Gaslamp Art Showcase will host multiple art exhibits and installations in unique settings throughout the district. The "Reflection Art Show" will feature an outdoor exhibit of booths on Island Avenue, while the "Spyglass Art Exhibit" will be within Gaslamp Quarter venues including Fine Art Galleries, rooftop lounges and more. Many of San Diego's leading artists will gather to display their talent for this juried event and winners will be selected for "Artist of the Day" and "Emerging Artist of the Day" awards.

Participating locations include: Michael J. Wolf Gallery, Shorelines Gallery, Siamak Art Gallery, The Art of Tim Cantor, CJ Gallery, The Brokers Building, Exclusive Collections Gallery, Abbott Realty Group, Dakota Grill and Spirits, Acqua al 2, J6 Bar/Hotel Solamar, Hard Rock Café, the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center, Heavenly Cupcake, Hostelling International, Ivy Hotel, Kurios Boutique, Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, Rockin Baja Coastal Cantina, S.D. Trading Co., Starbucks, To The Point, Reviva Med, the William Heath Davis House and Gaslamp Gifts, and more.

The Gaslamp Art Showcase is a free community event produced by the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) and its partner businesses. The event is sponsored by the city of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and Young's Market Company. The GQA is anticipating approximately 5,000 attendees for this event. This and other activities of the GQA are partially funded by the city of San Diego's Small Business Enhancement Program.

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