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Knowland Hires Brian Marriott as Director of Communications

Former presidential appointee brings proven record to innovative
business development firm

Salisbury, MD, 03/15/10 – The Knowland Group, a leading provider of business development solutions for the global hospitality industry, has recently hired Brian Marriott as Director of Communications. Marriott will lead the communications department in developing and implementing strategies to promote Knowland’s innovative collection of professional business development software, services and methodologies.

Marriott comes to Knowland with over 15 years of experience in media relations, public speaking, and strategic communications. Previously he served as a presidential appointee in the Federal Communications Commission, working as a special assistant for media relations to Michael Powell, Chairman of the FCC. In this role he led the commission’s public affairs program, including relations with the public, press, Congress, and other government agencies. He later was the national director for publicity and media relations for AARP, acting as their national spokesperson. Most recently, Marriott worked in the DC office of the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. 

“We are very pleased to have Brian head our communications department,” said Knowland Group CEO Michael K. McKean. “His extensive experience with all types of communications will serve Knowland well as we present new and innovative business development processes, tools and techniques to the global hospitality industry, particularly when it comes to group or event bookings.”

Marriott received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and has extensive experience as communications director on multiple high-level political campaigns. He will be working out of the company’s McLean, VA offices.

About The Knowland Group
The Knowland Group is a proven innovator, developing intuitive marketing products and services that streamline and support event and group sales in the hospitality industry. The company, headquartered in Salisbury, MD, serves over 100 markets within the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Recently featured on the Inc. Fast 500 List, The Knowland Group is the second fastest growing company in the travel industry. For more information, visit, call 410-860-2270 or follow us on Twitter @knowlandgroup.


Megan Tate, Communications Manager
The Knowland Group
(703) 286-0852


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Knowland Group Launches Target Net Business Development Tool for Hospitality Industry; Affordable and User-Friendly SaaS Model Allows Hotel Sales Teams to Quickly and Efficiently Drive Sales /January 2010
The Knowland Group Hires Bill Cushard as Chief Learning Officer / Former E*Trade Learning & Development Director brings proven record / January 2010
Knowland is 2nd Fastest Growing Company in the Travel Industry According to Inc. Magazine; Innovative company is ranked 222nd overall fastest growing company in the U.S. / August 2009


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