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Richard Morgan, VP and Managing Director
of Grand Hyatt New York, Honored with
“Hotel Good Scout Award” 


NEW YORK (JUNE 20, 2005) – At the Boy Scouts of America Hospitality and Entertainment Industries 22nd Annual Good Scout Awards Luncheon, Richard Morgan was awarded the Hotel Good Scout Award.

The award ceremony, hosted at the Grand Hyatt New York, was a benefit for the 122,000 boys and girls of the Greater New York Councils for boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life Programs. Also honored was Bruce Snyder of the ‘21’ Club who received the Restaurant Good Scout Award.

Morgan is a 28-year veteran to the Hyatt Corporation. Since arriving in 2004, Morgan has been responsible for the daily operations of the 1,311-room property and management of the hotel’s 1,200 employees as well as overseeing the hotel’s recent $65 million renovation.  As Vice President and Managing Director, Morgan also assists Senior Vice President of Field Operations, Jerry Lewin, in carrying out his responsibilities for Hyatt’s eastern properties.

Mr. Morgan’s involvement with the Boy Scouts began at age 11. He continued as an active member until he was 18 year old and achieved Life Scout status. He received the God & Country Award and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. Morgan was also a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, and Acting Scout Master for Troop 76 in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Mr. Lewin presented Mr. Morgan with his award and highlighted the importance of Morgan’s “Oz Principle.” Mr. Lewin stated, “This concept places managers either above the line or below the line. Managers below the line find excuses and are unable to take care of the problem. Managers above the line find solutions. Richard is always above the line.”

In his acceptance speech, Morgan touched upon the importance of leadership, mentorship, and the value of the Scout Law.  Morgan reminisced about the significance of his experiences in the Boy Scouts. “It still amazes me how I continue to apply the Scout Law fundamentals to my life and my development in the hospitality industry. The Boy Scouts stress the connection between values such as honesty and truthfulness, kindness, care and concern for others, compassion, obedience, respect, responsibility, duty and character.” He continued, “Such values are the cornerstones of character and often the cornerstones of your life. Cornerstone values are principles that are consistent, universal and transcultural. The Boy Scouts embody these values and truths and pass them onto their future leaders, managers, and mentors.”

Morgan’s distinguished career began with Hyatt in 1976 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center and includes experience at Hyatt Regency Houston, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino, and Hyatt Regency O’Hare.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Hotel Association of New York, a member of NYC & Co., and a member of the Cornell Alumni Association. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and resides in New York with his wife and two daughters.


Kira Kohrherr
Public Relations Manager
Grand Hyatt New York
Ph: 646.213.6682

Also See: The Grand Hyatt New York Has New Look, New Standards with a $65 million Renovation / March 2005

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