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For a Third Time, Marriott Vacation Club International is Awarded Best Sales Organization by American Business Awards
ORLANDO, Fla. - June 30, 2008 - Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), was named "Best Sales Organization" for the third time in the last six years at the 2008 American Business Awards. Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars," The American Business Awards' Stevie is the first national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in business and positive contributions in the workplace.
Previously, MVCI received the coveted Stevie in both 2003 and 2006 for "Best Sales Organization" and in 2007 was recognized as the "Best Customer Service Organization" due to its focus on customer intimacy through one-to-one relationship development with Owners and guests.
Brian Miller, MVCI's senior vice president of sales, marketing and service operations, credits the company's associates in gaining this recognition. "Being recognized as the 'Best Sales Organization' for a third time is a great honor for our division and continued affirmation of our outstanding sales organization. At Marriott Vacation Club International we thrive on our ability to develop strong one-to-one relationships not only with our customers, but also with our talented and highly engaged work force. The passion and dedication of our associates continues to lead us to the highest levels of excellence," Miller said.
After more than 24 years in the timeshare industry, MVCI has realized cumulative sales of nearly $12.34 billion and amassed over 375,000 Owners and Members around the globe. Recognized as the industry leader, observers have attributed this unprecedented growth in part to the implementation of a consultative sales process and an intense focus on talent recruitment and development. Today, MVCI is a global organization of more than 12,000 associates with 60 resorts representing four distinct brands.
The American Business Awards were nicknamed Stevie from the Greek word "crowned." For this year's awards more than 2,600 entries were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories. After five weeks of preliminary judging, finalists were selected by business professionals nationwide. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors chose Stevie winners who were announced during a gala event at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 12, 2008 before 650 executives from across the nation.
About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.
About Marriott Vacation Club International
As the interval ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), Marriott Vacation Club International is a premier provider of vacation and leisure experiences for more than 375,000 Owners/Members. Since entering the timeshare industry in 1984, Marriott has earned its position as the recognized innovator and leader in vacation and fractional ownership products worldwide. Since that time, the company has segmented the industry to offer distinct vacation and real estate offerings, each based on the unique needs and desires of customers. The brands are: Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Club, as well as select whole ownership developments. For information, please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or www.ritzcarltonclub.com.