News for the Hospitality Executive
Grand Rapids Hotel Employee, Ollie Marions,
Winds Down 54 Year Career
|GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Aug. 13, 2007 – Ike was in the White
House, car seatbelts were introduced, and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the
top of Mt. Everest.
And Ollie Marions began work at the Pantlind Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.
As a member of the hotel’s buildings and grounds department, Marions has seen and encountered much change throughout downtown during the 54 years in which he cleaned sidewalks and windows, and removed snow. The Pantlind Hotel became the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in 1981 and the hotel’s 29-story glass tower two years later altered the skyline. Downtown was transformed from a quiet place into today’s bustling hub of economic and social activity.
Marions’ window to downtown change as a member of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel staff officially came to an end on July 12. On Friday, Aug. 17, employees, family and friends will honor him with a retirement party from 3 until 5 p.m., inside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Ballroom.
“Ollie Marions has been around so long, we’re not quite sure of his actual age,” says Larry White, assistant director of engineering at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and Marions’ supervisor. “But whether Marions is 80 or 90, he has seen and done so much over the decades here at the hotel.
“I’m a 20-year veteran of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and to me Marions has shown more dedication and passion toward his job than anyone I’ve ever known. He rarely missed work. You don’t find such dedication in today’s workers. It’s been an honor to supervise and work with him.”
“Ollie Marions is moving onto the next chapter of his life,” says Rick
Winn, general manager of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. “I’m sure his
experiences could easily fill a book. We’re thrilled to recognize
his dedication to Amway Hotel Corp., and contribute a happy ending to his
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|Also See:||Alticor, Which Owns and Operates the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Planning a 300-400 room Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan / October 2004|