Marriott honors top owners and franchisees for 2013

Marriott International honored its top owner and franchise companies at the annual MINA & Full Service Owners Conference held recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Four companies—Concord Hospitality, The Kessler Collection, Sage Hospitality and White Lodging Services—were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners for hospitality excellence.

[Pictured: Back row, L to R: Bob McCarthy, Marriott International; Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International; Liam Brown, Marriott International; Dave Grissen, Marriott International; Arne Sorenson, Marriott International, Jim Kauffman, Marriott International; Kip Vreeland, Marriott International. Front row, L to R: Nick Kellock, Concord Hospitality; Deno Yiankes, White Lodging Services; Mark Laport, Concord Hospitality; Richard Kessler, The Kessler Collection; Bruce White, White Lodging Services; Ken Geist, Sage Hospitality; Larry Burnell, White Lodging Services; Richard Branca, Concord Hospitality.]

Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors owners and operators who have a strong alignment with Marriott in a number of different areas, from overall culture to sharing a long-term commitment with Marriott and its guests. The awards criteria also includes product growth, engagement, RevPAR growth and overall product integrity.

“This year’s Partnership Circle Award winners represent the breadth of Marriott’s top full service owners and franchisees, including long-term partners and newer entrants,” said Liam Brown, president, U.S. & Canada Division for select-service and extended stay lodging and owner and franchise services. “They share an unwavering commitment to Marriott, not only in providing industry-leading hospitality to our guests, but also in growing their portfolios with us.”

Marriott’s 2013 Partnership Circle Award Winners
• Concord Hospitality of Raleigh, N.C., has numerous Marriott and Renaissance hotels in its portfolio and manages them with solid experience and a great attention to detail, leading to strong business metrics. They have one approved hotel in Marriott’s development pipeline.

• The Kessler Collection of Orlando, Fla., considered the founding member of the Autograph Collection, has partnered with Marriott to bring nine hotels into the Collection.

Sage Hospitality of Denver owns or manages hotels across Marriott’s entire full service portfolio and drives exceptional results in all metrics from GSS to RevPAR.

• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind., has a large and growing Marriott portfolio, with multiple JW and Marriott Hotels that are brand builders and leaders in their markets.

In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored owners and franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Development Partner of the Year, Opening of the Year, Renovation Excellence, Food & Beverage Excellence, Service Excellence, Spirit to Serve and Spirit to Preserve. A list of these winners follows.

Development Partner of the Year
Stonebridge Companies – Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel and Renaissance New York Midtown South Hotel

Opening of the Year   
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Owner: Brown Palace Hotel Associates, LP

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
Manager: White Lodging Services
Owner: Jackson Street Management, LLC

Renovation Excellence
The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Highgate Holdings
Owner: DiamondRock Hospitality Company

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Manager: Merritt Hospitality
Owner: HEI Hotels & Resorts

Renaissance Westchester Hotel
Manager: Highgate Holdings
Owner: Sunstone Hotel Investors

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Manager: StepStone Hospitality
Owner: Northland Inn

Food & Beverage Excellence
Davidson Hotels & Resorts
DelMonte Hotel Group
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
White Lodging Services
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Service Excellence
Amway Hotel Corporation
Boyne Resorts
Concord Hospitality
DelMonte Hotel Group
Greenwood Hospitality Group
Innkeepers Hospitality LLC
Lighthouse Properties
Musselman Hotels
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Pinnacle Hotel Management
Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Vail Resorts

Spirit to Serve
MDM Hotel Group LTD.
Shaner Group
Spottswood Companies, Inc.

Spirit to Preserve
Concord Hospitality
John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts