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. 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 International honored 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. 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.
Other awards at the conference included Development Partner of the Year: Stonebridge Companies for its Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel and Renaissance New York Midtown South Hotel; and openings of the year: The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection and Milwaukee Marriott Downtown.