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Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Managed Properties Wins Prestigious
Partnership Circle Award and Service Excellence Award for the
10th Consecutive Year
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Awards Presented at the Marriott International National Association (MINA) Conference
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Cincinnati, OH, October 30, 2007 - One of the nation’s top hotel management companies, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. (WHI), based in Cincinnati, OH, won their 10th consecutive Partnership Circle Award and the Service Excellence - Marriott (Guest Focus Award) at the 2007 Marriott International National Association (MINA) Conference held recently in Miami Beach, FL. The prestigious Partnership Circle Award   is given to franchisees whose values and operating philosophies are aligned with Marriott’s high standards.

Winegardner & Hammons was also awarded Service Excellence - Marriott (Guest Focus Award), which recognizes franchisees that exceed Marriott’s standards in guest satisfaction and those whose portfolio of Marriott hotels average in the “Green” zone (receiving an 85 out of 100 or better) for the year. 

“We are proud to award Winegardner & Hammons our prestigious Partnership Circle Award for the 10th consecutive year, the highest recognition you can receive from Marriott International,” said Steve Joyce, executive vice president, global development/owner and franchise services, Marriott.  “Winegardner & Hammons has received this award for the tenth time because of their unwavering commitment, dedication and excellent operations in upholding Marriott International’s high brand standards.  This company truly stands as an example to us all.” 

In addition, Erik Kamfjord, chairman and CEO, Winegardner & Hammons, was elected as vice president of the MINA Advisory Board for 2008.

Winegardner & Hammons was one of 12 companies selected earlier this year, by the Gallup Organization to receive the 2007 Gallup Great Workplace Award.  The award recognizes the most engaged and productive companies in the world.

About Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

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 26 hotels in the United States and is affiliated with most major hotel brands.  For more information on WHI, please visit our web site at http://www.whihotels.com/

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

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Contact:

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

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Also See: Two Cincinnati Marriott Properties Managed by Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., Claim Top Awards at Marriott International Global Conference / June 2007
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