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Vikki Wrede, Chef Concierge at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites
Awarded Membership in Les Clefs d'Or Association

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Clearwater Beach, FL - September 19, 2007 - Vikki Wrede, Chef Concierge at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key was awarded membership in the exclusive Les Clefs d'Or Association during the organization's 13th USA National Congress, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. She was officially pinned with crossed gold keys during the State of Florida Concierge Conference, which took place on September 6, 2007 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Les Clefs d'Or, or "keys of gold" recognizes the best-of-the-best concierges in worldwide and the prestigious pin worn on the lapel assures travelers around the globe that they are dealing with a seasoned professional who is dedicated to serving their every need.    

"We are so proud of her outstanding accomplishment in this world class association and our guests can take comfort in the fact that they are in good hands with a true expert at their service," stated Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key General Manager, Philippe C. Eversdijk. This dedicated 18-year industry veteran has been assisting guests of this all-suite property for the past 14-years alone and according to Vikki, "I plan to follow my career path as a professional concierge for years to come." 

Vikki received an Associate Arts degree from St. Petersburg College and is currently President of the Tampa Bay Area Concierge Association for the third consecutive year. She is also a member of Women in Tourism and the Clearwater Regional Chamber Hospitality Sales & Marketing Executives. In addition, Ms. Wrede is a certified concierge through the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. 

Located along the pristine shores of Florida's Gulf coast, the 10-story property overlooking Clearwater Bay features 220 richly appointed one-bedroom suites decked out with every imaginable creature comfort including a private balcony and wireless high-speed internet. It is also home to Watercolour steakhouse and grille; Watercolour outdoor dining deck; heated pool with 35-foot cascading waterfall and whirlpool; fitness center, Antonio's salon and day spa; Lisa's Klubhouse; Kokomo's poolside bar and grille and Java Café, serving Starbucks coffee. The captivating, waterfront vacation and meeting destination also boasts 7,500 square-feet of cutting-edge meeting space, complimentary guest parking and is exceptionally located only minutes from 20 unique boardwalk shops, dining venues and championship golf courses. The hotel was developed by The Cedarwood Companies, with offices in Akron, OH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Houston, TX, and managed by Cincinnati, OH based, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. For information or reservations, please call 727-596-1100, 800-228-9290, or visit www.clearwaterbeachmarriottsuites.com.

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. is a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful hospitality management.  The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the United States.  WHI currently manages over 25 hotels in the United States and is affiliated with most major hotel brands.  For more information on WHI, please visit our web site at www.whihotels.com
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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,900 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE®. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com <http://www.marriott.com/> .

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Contact:

Nadine DeGenova
407-682-2625
nadine@prproof.com
 

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Also See: Need Goat’s Milk for Your Bath? Or a Broadway Star to Sing Happy Birthday? Call the Concierge; Top hotels trade tales of their most unique guest requests / December 2006
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