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J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., Named First Recipient of the
Cornell Icon of the Industry Award

The Annual Icon of the Industry Awards Dinner Set for June 2, 2009
Expected to Be the Biggest Event on the Hotel School's Calendar


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 event."

"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."

J. 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 name.

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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 leaders.

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.

Fred Malek

Trip Schneck
“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 Storm.

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 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 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


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Also See: Fred Malek and Trip Schneck Recognized as Hospitality Innovators of the Year by Cornell's Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship / March 2009



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