Mr. J. W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., chairman and
chief executive officer of Marriott International, Inc., will receive
the first Icon of the Industry Award from the Cornell University School
of Hotel Administration at a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in New
York City on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
Marriott will be honored for his lifelong
leadership in the hospitality industry and for his extraordinary
civic and philanthropic contributions.
“Bill Marriott has
led an exemplary life founded on service to others,” said Michael
Johnson, the school's dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration. “We look forward to recognizing him for his
remarkable personal and professional achievements.”
Marriott's lead, Marriott International has grown from a family
restaurant business to a global lodging company with more than
3,100 properties in 66 countries and territories.
Mr. Marriott has also worked to compile a
family of 18 lodging brands that range from limited service to
full service luxury hotels. The company manages and franchises
hotels and resorts under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bvlgari, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill
Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names.
also operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation
Club International, Ritz-Carlton Club, and Grand Residences by
The company also operates Marriott Executive
Apartments, provides furnished corporate housing through its
Marriott ExecuStay division, operates conference centers, and
manages golf courses.
Mr. Marriott serves on the board of
the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation. He is a member of
the National Business Council and the Executive Committee of the
World Travel & Tourism Council. He also serves as the chairman of
the Mayo Clinic Capital Campaign. Mr. Marriott recently served on
the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, as
director of the United States Naval Academy Foundation, chairman
of the President's Export Council and member of the Secure Borders
Open Doors Advisory Committee and the U.S. Travel and Tourism
Marriott has also been a leader in higher
education in hospitality, as seen in his generous support of the
Cornell School of Hotel Administration and San Diego State
University. He is an honorary member of the Cornell Hotel Society,
and the school's Executive Education Center bears the Marriott
The awards event will begin with a reception at 6:30
p.m. followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m.
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