The Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale-Salt RiThe staff of the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale-Salt River prepared for a very important guest who was arriving on April 1: Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott. He was greeted and welcomed by hotel staff upon his arrival.
Born in Washington, D.C., Marriott, 84, is the son of the founder of the Marriott International hotel chain. He has been with Marriott Corporation since 1956. He became president of the company in 1964, chief executive officer in 1972 and chairman of the board in 1985.
“One of Mr. Marriott’s favorite things to do is visit hotels and shake the hands of the associates that work for his company,” said Ann Cvelich, general manager of Courtyard Scottsdale-Salt River. “It is truly an honor to have him visit our hotel. The associates that work here at the Courtyard were honored and excited to have the opportunity to shake hands with Mr. Marriott and have their picture taken with him.”
After the welcome, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council members Archie Kashoya, Jenelle Howard, Michael Dallas and Tom Largo also welcomed Marriott to the Community, along with Salt River Devco CEO Vince Lujan, CFO Alix Smith and Chairman Ruben Guerrero. The group presented Marriott with a gift on behalf of the Community. Marriott met each of them, thanked them for their partnership and discussed how proud everyone is that the Salt River Courtyard is the first Marriott hotel on tribal land and how the opportunity for a second Marriott hotel on tribal land would be welcomed in the near future, a Residence Inn by Marriott adjacent to the Courtyard. Cvelich then led Marriott on a tour of the hotel.
Marriott visited the Scottsdale-Salt River Courtyard by Marriott during his recent vacation here in Scottsdale. It’s a tradition that the Marriott family stays in Scottsdale every March at the famous JW Marriott Camelback Inn to celebrate Mr. Marriott’s birthday.