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03/12/12
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Ike Janacek Appointed Edmonton Indy General Manager  
Dumontier (L) and Janacek (R)
François Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Motorsports Events, promoter of the Edmonton Indy, is proud to announce that Edmontonian Ike Janacek, until recently General Manager of downtown’s Sutton Place Hotel and Co-Chair of DMF Downtown Cluster, has been named General Manager of the Edmonton Indy. The 11th round of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series is scheduled for July 20-22 at Edmonton’s City Centre airport racecourse. Janacek’ appointment comes into effect today.

“I am extremely proud to welcome Ike Janacek as our new Edmonton Indy General Manager. He brings to our team a significant knowledge of Edmonton and its travel business community, having served for the last decade as an executive at one of the City major hotel. His experience in management, sales, marketing and especially in customer services is unique. As I previously said, satisfying customers is part of Octane’s DNA. I am confident that with Ike at the helm of the Edmonton Indy, we are more than ever in a position to deliver an outstanding event to our fans”, stated today Octane’s CEO François Dumontier, noting that Janacek has earned a Gold Key Award (recognizing service excellence and commitment) from the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association.

Janacek, 56, studied hotel management at the renowned LaSalle College in Montreal. He served as an executive at Montreal’s Chateau Champlain, Vancouver and Chicago Le Meridien, Seneca, Belden Stratford and Sutton Place hotels also in the Windy City, before making his home in Alberta, first in Calgary for five years and then in Edmonton in 2003 when he joined the Sutton Place Hotel. 

“I am extremely honored to join Octane Motorsports Events and the Edmonton Indy team. This is the most interesting challenge of my career. For years, I have always been a strong believer that Edmonton was the very best place in Western Canada to host such an event. I now have the opportunity to contribute directly to the success of it, said the newly hired General Manager. Last year under new management, the Edmonton Indy was a strong testimonial of Octane’s way of doing things, and demonstrated their true desire to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. These are the kind of objectives I am familiar with. It has driven me so far in my career and I have the intention to pursue in this direction as Edmonton Indy General Manager.”

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