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Marriott's Highest Honor, the Partnership Circle Award, Presented to
Four Franchise Owner Groups, E.J. Del Monte Corporation,
PCH Hotels and Resorts, White Lodging and Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

BETHESDA, Md., November 14, 2011 - Marriott International honored top full service franchise partners at their annual MINA Conference held recently at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa in Arizona. Four companies – E.J. Del Monte Corporation, PCH Hotels and Resorts, White Lodging and Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. – were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its franchise partners for hospitality excellence. Executives from organizations that own or franchise JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels & Resorts attended the conference.

Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors companies who live Marriott’s vision, share a mutual long-term commitment to the business, fully embrace Marriott’s brand initiatives, focus on associates to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, invest in hotel product and provide outstanding customer service.

Back row, L to R: Jim Fisher, Marriott International; Bob McCarthy,
Marriott International; Dave Sibley, WhiteLodging;
J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott International; Dave Grissen, Marriott International;
Arne Sorenson, Marriott International; Liam Brown, Marriott International:
Front row, L to R: Keith Daub, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.; Erik Kamfjord,
 Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.; John Del Monte, E.J. Del Monte Corporation;
Deno Yiankes, White Lodging; Steve Solberg, PCH Hotels and Resorts;
Bruce White, White Lodging

“Once again these four repeat Partnership Circle Award winners represent the best of the best from Marriott's full service franchise community,” said Jim Fisher, Chief Owner & Franchise Services Officer, Marriott International. “Their commitment to quality, to their associates and to their guests produces a consistency of excellence that defines them as leaders not just among the Marriott portfolio of brands, but across the North American lodging industry. It is an honor to recognize them again as 2011 Partnership Circle Award recipients.”

Marriott’s 2011 Partnership Circle Award Winners:
E.J. Del Monte Corporation of Rochester, NY, owns a total of 17 Marriott-branded hotels, including the award-winning Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa and the completely renovated Rochester Airport Marriott, as well as 15 select-service hotels. A family-owned business for 57 years, E.J. Del Monte has consistently delivered on guest service and has been a true partner to Marriott.

PCH Hotels & Resorts of Birmingham, AL, owns and operates four Marriott Hotels & Resorts and four Renaissance Hotels in their home state of Alabama. Their properties include the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa and the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, which not only consistently deliver on guest satisfaction, but showcase some of the state’s most beautiful cities and resort areas.

White Lodging of Merrillville, IN, opened the first franchised Fairfield Inn hotel in 1990. White Lodging operates more than 130 hotels across Marriott’s portfolio of brands, including the 1,005 room JW Marriott Indianapolis and the recently approved 1,003 room Austin Marriott Marquis. One of Marriott’s largest franchisees, White Lodging has received Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award nine times.

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, opened the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast in 1996. Since then, the company’s portfolio has grown to include 17 Marriott hotels. Consistent with the Marriott philosophy, Winegardner & Hammons believes in taking care of their associates and has a strong culture of guest service, helping make them a 13-time recipient of Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award.

In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Developer of the Year, Opening of the Year, Conversion of the Year, Best New Product, Best Renovation, Food & Beverage Excellence and Service Excellence. A full list of award winners follows.


Partnership Circle

E.J. Del Monte Corporation
PCH Hotels and Resorts
White Lodging
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
Developer of the Year
HEI Hotels & Resorts

Opening of the Year
White Lodging for the JW Marriott Indianapolis

Conversion of the Year
HEI Hotels & Resorts for The Algonquin Times Square Hotel, Autograph Collection

Best New Product
MDM Hotel Group, Ltd. for the JW Marriott Marquis Miami
Nevada Property 1, LLC for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

Best Renovation
Lighthouse Lodging Group for the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Food and Beverage Excellence
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
HEI Hotels & Resorts
PCH Hotels and Resorts
Sage Hospitality
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Service Excellence

Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Amway Hotel Corporation
Boyne USA
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
Highgate Holdings
PCH Hotels and Resorts
Pinnacle Hotel Management
Remington Lodging & Hospitality, LP
Stanford Hotel Corporation
Urgo Hotels, L.P.
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Renaissance Hotels
E.J. Del Monte Corporation
PCH Hotels and Resorts
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information.

Marriott International, Inc.


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Also See: Marriott's Highest Honor, the Partnership Circle Award, Presented to Eleven Select-service and Extended-stay Franchise Owner Groups / June 2009

Seven Franchisees Awarded Marriott’s Highest Honor, the Partnership Circle Award / June 2006

Marriott Honors Top Hotel Owner and Franchise Companies; Over 20 Companies Recognized for Hospitality Excellence / October 2004
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