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Marriott Vacation Club Appoints New General Manager at Marriott’s SurfWatch
ORLANDO, Fla., - February 4, 2008 - Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) - the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) - has appointed Sandra Whittington to general manager at Marriott's SurfWatch on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Following two years of active duty, Whittington started her career with Marriott International in 1990 when she joined the opening team at the Courtyard Charlotte University Research Park before leaving for a tour in Desert Storm. In 1995, Whittington moved to the Courtyard Raleigh-Durham Airport where she served as the restaurant manager and later progressed to general manager of the Courtyard Fayetteville in 1999. From there, she served as general manager for the Courtyard Raleigh Cary from 2001 to 2006.
During her tenure with Courtyard by Marriott, Whittington was recognized as the General Manager of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2000 and General Manager of the Year for North America in 2001.
"I could not be more please to have Sandra step into her new role," said Cliff Delorey, east region vice president for Marriott Vacation Club International. "With her extensive knowledge in all areas of hotel management and her award-winning past accomplishments, Sandra will be a fantastic asset to Marriott's SurfWatch."
In her most recent role, Whittington served as director of customer experience for Marriott's SurfWatch where she worked diligently to enhance operations and provide better communications between the front desk, housekeeping and contract labor teams while achieving top-five scores in key evaluation areas.
Throughout her career, Whittington has worked closely with the Alliance of AIDS Services and American Diabetes Association through various fundraising events. A native of Concord, North Carolina, Whittington currently resides in Bluffton, South Carolina.
About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is the recognized worldwide leader in vacation ownership with a program highly regarded for its quality and unique flexibility. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry. MVC continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of over 9,300 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Today, more than 350,000 vacation owners around the globe own their vacations "the Marriott way," offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the MVC portfolio or within Interval International's global system of more than 2,200 resorts in over 75 countries, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, or rent their week(s). For more information, please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com.