Marriott Recognizes Leading Select-Service and Extended-Stay Owners and Franchisees
Seven companies recognized with Marriott’s highest award, the Partnership Circle; Four companies are the first to be honored with the inaugural Horizon Awards
Commenting on his company's recognition, Beau Benton, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Larry Blumberg & Associates, said, "I want to thank you for this award, and to let you know it would not be possible without the relationship that we developed with Marriott in the early 1990s, when we truly learned that the associate is the most important asset." Benton added, "That is something that we try to not just have as a company motto, but to really be the culture that we live every day. That is what has led us to the growth we've been able to achieve."
In 2010, Marriott introduced a new award – the Horizon Award – which, similar to the Partnership Circle Award, also recognizes the best of the best in companies that partner with Marriott. While Horizon Award winners currently have smaller Marriott portfolios, they are poised to grow with Marriott's brands and share all of the other attributes of Partnership Circle Award recipients. Four companies were the first to receive the Horizon Award: 3-H Group, Inc., Easton's Group of Hotels, Kratsa Properties, and Zions Hospitality Management Services, L.C.
"It truly is an honor to be recognized as one of the best in the industry," said David Cocco, Vice President of Development and Hotel Operations, Kratsa Properties. "I want to thank Marriott and my second family, Bill and Nick Kratsa, whom I appreciate for letting me be a part of it all."
"These owners and franchisees have been true pioneers in developing Marriott's select service and extended stay brands," said Liam Brown, Chief Operations Officer, Select Service & Extended Stay Hotels, The Americas, Marriott International. "Our award winners are strong leaders who consistently go above and beyond in developing and operating the highest quality hotels, and are also recognized throughout their communities for their philanthropy efforts."
Photo caption: Front Row, L to R: DJ Rama, JHM Hotels; Sue Korycansky, Buffalo Lodging Associates; Brian Welker, Sunridge Hotel Group; Beau Benton, Larry Blumberg & Associates; Steve Gupta, Easton's Group of Hotels; Nick Kratsa, Kratsa Properties; Bill Kratsa, Kratsa Properties; Timothy Osiecki, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Second Row, L to R: Hiren Desai, 3H Group, Inc.; Ron Kendall, Buffalo Lodging Associates; Liam Brown, Marriott International, Inc.; Arne Sorenson, Marriott International, Inc.; David Marriott, Marriott International, Inc.; Mark Laport, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company; David Cocco, Kratsa Properties; Nick Kellock, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Back Row, L to R: Paul Welker, Sunridge Hotel Group; Corry Oakes, OTO Development; Joel Sybrowsky, Zions Hospitality Management Services; Arthur Holman, Zions Hospitality Management Services; Nate Taylor, Zions Hospitality Management Services; Cole Fach, Buffalo Lodging Associates; Keith McGraw, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company