Marriott International Celebrates 30 Years of Honoring Associates

Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2016

Marriott International LogoA celebration last night marked that 30th Marriott Awards of Excellence, Marriott International’s recognition program that honors its top associates worldwide. The awards were established in 1987 to pay tribute to company founder J. Willard Marriott and have since expanded to recognize not only individuals but also teams for outstanding community service, diversity and inclusion, culture and wellbeing initiatives.

The J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence is presented annually to Marriott associates nominated by supervisors or peers for outstanding performance and for demonstrating five key traits: achievement, character, dedication, effort and perseverance. Below are summaries of the 2016 honorees. For full stories, visit Our Stories. Submit your own Marriott story on Heart of the House and join the conversation on social media using #MIExcellence.

“We are so proud of our newest class of honorees and grateful for their many contributions both at our hotels and in the communities they serve,” said Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Councils. “We know our people are the heart of our company. Their hard work keeps our guests coming back time and time again.”

Marriott also announced the Berlin Marriott Hotel as this year’s recipient of the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service. This prestigious award recognizes a Marriott business unit and its team of associates for excellence in corporate citizenship. Also, the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Excellence Award was presented to the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. This award is the highest form of recognition for a business unit, corporate department or individual that demonstrates excellence in promoting diversity and unity.

Additionally, the company recognized Marriott’s France Business Council with The Stephen Garff Marriott Award of Excellence for Culture. This award honors a business unit or corporate department that embodies the Marriott culture and the company’s five Core Values: Put People First, Pursue Excellence, Act with Integrity, Embrace Change, and Serve Our World.

Lastly, the San Marquis San Diego Marina was recognized with the first Debbie Marriott Harrison TakeCare Award of Excellence. This is a new award, created to recognize a team for demonstrating significant achievements in creating a culture of wellbeing.

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