Friday, January 28, 2022

Marco’s JW Marriott – a Paradise Redefined Celebration

It was a two-day celebration for the stunning completion of the reimagined JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Following a culinary journey on Sunday, on Monday, January 28, JW reaffirmed its commitment to the island with closing remarks from VIPs closely associated in its completion.

According to Rick Medwedeff, former General Manager of JW Marriott, “the project started with some sketches that became a 3-D model of a building across the street with a sky bridge across Collier Boulevard. The third option was knocking down everything on the south end and rebuilding it.”

Rick wanted to thank the residents of Marco Island and its city leaders. It was not an easy sell; residents were skeptical of what this addition would do to the small town atmosphere of Marco, but after over a year of campaigning JW got support from city leaders, residents and various organizations.

On Rick’s list of “thank you’s” – “to the construction team for a very complex project. A big round of kudos to the incredible JW Marriott staff who endured it all with the 90-day shutdown; Hurricane Irma and 3½ years of construction. They showed the most incredible patience and teamwork, and without these cadre of associate JW would not be what it is today.

“A special thank you to its Chief Designer, Malcom Berg from Team EoA, Inc., not only for the design of this building but for the transformation of the resort in the last decade. He is the genius behind JW’s resort design, furnishings and overall vision and inspiration.”

As part of the celebration, the JW Marriott dropped orchid petals from a helicopter. | Submitted Photo

According to Berg, “I truly love this property because of what it makes me feel when I am here. It has a palpable sense of happiness; a sense of welcome and sincere enthusiasm from every associate.”

Pat Broderick, Vice President of Sales, Florida for Marriott International has always loved this location. He visited Marco Island 30 years ago with college friends and at the end of this trip said, “Would I love to live and work here someday.” Now he gets to visit this hotel as often as he can as Paradise Redefined. He wants to assure the community that “JW Marriott is going to be a sustained economic driver for Marco Island.”

But none of these would be possible without the financial support of Barings, Inc., and Scott Piccone, Managing Director reaffirmed his support for this exceptional property. As investors, the rule of thumb is not to get involved emotionally with one property. JW Marriott in Marco is the exception to that rule.

Sharon Lockwood, General Manager of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort welcomed all the guests and was responsible for finishing the project that Rick started. Sharon shared that she and Rick were part of that “kindergarten recruiting team” from Marriott. She is proud to be able to follow through with what Mr. Marriott set up over 90 years ago, “where you take exceptional care of your associates and they continue to take care of your guests.” Lockwood stated that JW is “committed to protecting our beautiful island, where we live and work and want to do that for generations to come. JW is committed to be responsible and sustainable citizens of this island.”

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