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Marriott Awards Eight Employees with Company's Highest Honor

Kauai Marriott Resort Recognized
for Community Service

BETHESDA, Md., May 20, 2009 -  Today, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) honored eight employees with its J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence. These individuals were selected from the 300,000 employees at its managed and franchised properties worldwide. Established in 1987 in honor of the company's founder, the Award of Excellence is presented to Marriott employees nominated by their supervisors or peers for their outstanding performance and for demonstrating over a period of time the five key traits inscribed on the award medallion: achievement, character, dedication, effort and perseverance.

Marriott also announced the recipients of its prestigious Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service, and the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Excellence Award.

For the Award of Excellence, Marriott's senior management selected the following honorees:

  Gary Baldwin
  Lead Storeroom Clerk
  Denver Marriott City Center
  Denver, Colo.

  Stephen Chu
  Banquet Captain
  The Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel
  San Francisco, Calif.

  Shane Jefferson Dowling
  Chief Engineer
  Fairfield Inn & Suites Brunswick
  Brunswick, Ga.

  Cynthia Wheat Huddleston
  Director of Services
  Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
  Tampa, Fla.

  Jim Kelly
  Regional Director of Loss Prevention
  Western Region
  Enterprise Loss Prevention
  Lakewood, Calif.

  Sharen Lee
  Credit Manager
  The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

  Anetude Michaud
  Housekeeping Supervisor
  Marriott's Harbour Lake
  Orlando, Fla.

  Reynaldo Rey
  Front Office Manager
  San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  San Juan, Puerto Rico

Learn more about each honoree on Marriott's Our Stories web site.

The Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service is presented to a Marriott business unit and its team of employees in recognition of excellence in corporate citizenship. This prestigious award recognizes the desire of Marriott and its associates to carry on the commitment of the company's founders by giving our energy, time and resources to help improve the lives of others. This year's recipient was the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Lihue-Kauai, Hawaii.

Recipient of the 2009 Alice S. Marriott Award
for Community Service 

Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
Lihue - Kauai, Hawaii

One Philosophy: To Protect and To Care

Visitors to Hawaii expect clear skies, blue water and magnificent views. Visitors to the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club can expect all that and much more.

“This is a special place with special people,” says General Manager Elliot Mills. “There’s something unique about Kauai, especially when it comes to giving.”

The resort team takes great pride in their ability to give their guests a magical island experience. The same generosity and enthusiasm goes toward serving their community.

Associates volunteer for a wide range of projects. As part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, they regularly clean up litter on a stretch of Kapule Highway. They have assumed day-to-day responsibility for maintaining nearby Nawiliwili Park, Kalapaki Bay and the beaches that adjoin the resort, and other public areas. They recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a local family, then provided furniture and other items to make the house a home.

For last year’s annual Holiday Food Drive, the team set a goal to collect 4,000 pounds of food. They collected nearly 5,000 pounds, and set the bar even higher for this year’s drive.

To help the island community’s young people prepare for careers, hotel managers participate in a variety of programs, including job shadow days, career fairs and a scholarship program for students training for jobs in the travel industry.

The resort is also a big supporter of the Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Everyone joins in, including guests and owners. Together with other Marriott and Ritz Carlton properties on the island, the resort raised over $35,000 in 2008 to benefit local charities like Special Olympics and the Kauai Habitat for Humanity.

The resort provides transitional employment and training for mentally challenged adults through a partnership with Friendship House. They support Children’s Miracle Network through a number of fund-raising activities, including their annual Ducky Derby, where guests buy souvenir rubber ducks and participate in a race in the pool.

But it’s not all fun and games. The Kauai Marriott Resort is the second largest private employer on the island, and the team takes its role in making Kauai a better place to live and work very seriously. Every year, each department establishes a goal related to charity efforts. Hotel managers are members of key corporate and civic boards across the island of Kauai, working to represent the best interests of their associates and the community.

Says Bill Countryman, the hotel’s general manager from 2006 to 2008, “The team’s philosophy can be summed up in one word: malama. It means to protect and to care for. It’s what we do best.”

Elliot Mills agrees. “It’s a very important part of Hawaii’s culture, taking care of each other like family. That feeling transcends all of our activities – at the hotel and in the community.”

The J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Excellence Award was established to recognize a business unit or individual that demonstrates excellence in promoting diversity and building an environment of inclusion of all. It is the highest form of recognition for diversity and inclusion efforts. This year's recipient was the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and Hotel Manager Shonda Johnson, Philadelphia, Pa.

The awards were presented at a special gala at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md. The gala, broadcast live to Marriott locations around the world, was viewed by more than 2,000 employees, family members and business partners.


Marriott International, Inc. 
Beth McGlasson of Marriott International
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Also See: Marriott International Honors 13 Employees Out of a Worldwide Workforce of 133,000 / May 2005
Marriott Honors 12 Employees Out of Approximately 128,000 with its J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence / May 2004



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