Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, was the man of the evening at the 2012 General Manager’s conference held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, taking home multiple honors. Medwedeff was awarded the prestigious “Sales Leadership Excellence” award as well as the coveted “General Manager Of The Year for Marriott Hotels and Resorts” award, the event’s top honor.
The Sales Leadership award recognizes a General Manager who has personally shown great sales expertise and been involved in advancing the sales effort at their hotels and achieving excellent sales results. This year’s General Manager of the Year award is designed to recognize General Managers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership during 2011, serving as a consistent role model of courageous leadership, professional expertise, innovation and high achievement.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by my peers. Hospitality has been my lifelong passion and receiving both of these awards is a tremendously proud moment for me, both personally and professionally,” said Medwedeff. “But truly it’s all about the people with which you surround yourself. I am honored to work with the best group of associates in the Marriott Hotels & Resorts family. My team’s day-after-day dedication to taking care of our guests, and each other, is what creates a preference for our guests to stay with us, ultimately generating strong sales and profits for Marriott and our owners. It’s their drive to deliver excellence that allows me to do my job successfully.”
Medwedeff, who is approaching his 30-year anniversary with Marriott Hotels & Resorts, has been a valuable part of the Marriott team, with over 14 years of experience as a General Manager. Over the years, Medwedeff has managed award-winning hotels and resorts and spearheaded the openings of some of the company’s top properties. In his seven years at Marco Island Marriott, he has lead and produced great results and continues to challenge his team to excel over and above what is required.
“Leadership has been defined as the art and practice of achieving desired results through others. Rick’s ability to think outside the norm and influence others with his vision has helped to elevate our resort. Rick’s strength as a leader comes from his passion for success without compromise,” commented Robert Pfeffer, Marco Island Marriott’s Director of Sales and Marketing.