New York, NY, and Washington, DC, May 7, 2009 - Cornell University
School of Hotel Admnistration has announced that its dinner, honoring J.W.
"Bill" Marriott, Jr. as the winner of the Cornell Icon of the Industry
Award, now features White Lodging as the title sponsor of the event. The
award honors J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer,
Marriott International, Inc. for his transformational leadership and lifetime
achievements. The special event will become an annual gathering of the
world's most influential hoteliers to raise funds in support of Cornell
University School of Hotel Administration scholarships and programs. The
event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and an
awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on June 2, 2009, at the New York Marriott
Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY.
New York Marriott Marquis
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices: Provost $500; Dean $250; Cornell, CIA,
and EHL Young Alumni Limited Seating ('04-'09) $195
In addition, Michael D. Johnson, Dean of the School, announced that
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC's Morning Joe and ABC News
Radio's "The Joe Scarborough Show", will be the masters of ceremonies.
Johnson stated "we are delighted that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski,
exemplary members of the national media, are partnering with us on this
"The name Bill Marriott has been synonymous with hospitality, innovation,
quality and integrity for more than five decades, and I cannot think of
a more deserving inaugural recipient of this prestigious award than Bill,"
said Bruce White, White Lodging CEO, who will co-present the award with
Dean Johnson. "Bill has been a lifelong leader in the hospitality industry
and has contributed vast amounts of time and resources to civic and philanthropic
organizations. He has grown Marriott International from a family restaurant
business into a global lodging company with more than 3,100 properties
in 66 countries and territories."
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.”
Under 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. Known for its commitment to diversity,
social responsibility and community engagement, the firm is consistently
recognized among the most admired companies. 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, Bulgari, Ritz-Carlton,
Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield
Inn brand names. It operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott
Vacation Club International, Ritz-Carlton Club, and Grand Residences by
Marriott brands. 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 Advisory Board.
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
Joe Scarborough is host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, a popular morning news
show which features interviews with key newsmakers and politicians and
in-depth analysis of top news stories. Scarborough also anchors "The Joe
Scarborough Show" on ABC News Radio. He is the former host of MSNBC's Scarborough
Country and was the publisher and editor of The Florida Sun. Scarborough
served as a member of Congress between 1994 and 2001 where he was a member
of the Judiciary and the Armed Services Committees. He was named by President
Bush to the President's Council on the 21st Century Workforce, where he
served with Labor Secretary Chao, national labor officials and business
Co-emcee Mika Brzezinski is co-host of Morning Joe and "The Joe Scarborough
Show". Previously, Brzezinski was an anchor for CBS News Up To The Minute.
During the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she served as principal
"Ground Zero" reporter. In addition, Brzezinski was an anchor for CBS Evening
News Weekend Edition, and contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.
A special logo to commemorate the award, prominently featuring the pineapple,
the universal symbol of hospitality, in the center of the Cornell shield,
was created by Ypartnership, the marketing services firm headed by Cornell
alumnus Dr. Peter C. Yesawich '72, MS '74, Ph.D. '76.
Fred Malek and Trip Schneck to be honored
as Hospitality Innovators of the Year
TIG Global leaders Fred Malek and Trip Schneck have been named winners
of the Hospitality Innovator Award, presented annually by the Leland C.
and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell
University’s School of Hotel Administration. The award recognizes entrepreneurs
who have created and built distinctly successful ventures that provide
extraordinary value in the hospitality field. Malek and Schneck will receive
the honor at the school’s annual awards dinner to be held on June 2, 2009,
at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
|Malek and Schneck co-founded and
lead TIG Global, the leading interactive marketing company for hospitality
and travel. Since its launch in 2001, TIG has grown to serve an extensive
portfolio of hotels, resorts and destination marketing organizations worldwide.
Over the past year, the firm drove over $700 million in online revenue
to its clients and received over 25 awards globally for excellence in web
design and web marketing, including 12 Adrian Awards from the Hospitality
Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). The Adrian Awards
recognize the top international hospitality and travel websites and interactive
marketing HSMAI also previously recognized TIG Global’s work with its e-Marketer
of the Year Award.
“Cornell is delighted to recognize Fred and Trip for their innovative
thinking and dynamic approach to using the Internet to accelerate hotel
valuations and destination tourism,” said Tom Ward ’81, managing director
of the Pillsbury Institute. “They were among the first to see and harness
the full power of the Internet within the hospitality industry. Under their
lead, TIG Global has combined industry knowledge and e-business expertise
to become a world leader in helping firms maximize the online channel.”
Malek serves as CEO of TIG Global, which is based in Chevy Chase, Md.,
and also operates an office in London. Prior to founding the firm with
Schneck, Malek served as vice president of acquisitions and new business
development at Thayer Lodging Group, a private hotel ownership group. At
Thayer he directed the company’s new business ventures, strategic developments,
operations, and Internet distribution strategies, helping to add $1 billion
to the firm’s portfolio valuation. Earlier, Malek worked for Bank of America
and for Nomura Capital. He also served in the U.S. Military, including
a tour of duty in the Navy Special Forces and a combat mission in Desert
Schneck serves as president of TIG Global. Earlier he was vice president
of asset management and strategy at Thayer Lodging Group, where he oversaw
distribution strategies, revenue management, sales, marketing, and business-development
initiatives. He also managed the Thayer Lodging Group portfolio, made up
of 23 hotels with a market value exceeding $2 billion.
Prior to joining Thayer Lodging Group, Schneck served as operations
director for several hotels and as a consultant working with large pension
funds to improve hotel investment operations.
The event already has attracted more than 40 sponsors and 350 attendees,
according to Jon Denison, Associate Dean of External Affairs, Cornell University
School of Hotel Administration. "Having one of the industry's premier owner/operators,
Bruce White, help us honor J.W. 'Bill' Marriott, Jr., with the first Cornell
Icon of the Industry Award sets a high standard for what we expect to become
one of the hotel industry's premier annual events."
To RSVP, please contact Ashlee Mills at email@example.com.
Admission prices are $500 for Provost tickets; $250 for Dean's; and $195
for Cornell Young Alumni Limited Seating.
Interested sponsors may contact Joe Strodel, Jr., director of corporate
& foundation affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please go to the event's official Web site:
About The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the
global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in
education, research, and industry advancement. The school provides management
instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the
next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in
1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management,
the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader
in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.