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Marriott Vacation Club Appoints General Manager at Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island
ORLANDO, Fla., - November 6, 2008 - Marriott Vacation Club International - the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) - has appointed Patrick Botwright to general manager at Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island.
Botwright will be responsible for Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island, Marriott Vacation Club's first beachfront vacation ownership resort on South Florida's west coast. Slated for occupancy in March 2009, the first phase opens with 67 two- and three-bedroom villas and will ultimately include (a proposed) 219 villas upon completion. Each villa will include a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and GE stainless steel appliances; spacious living and dining areas; multiple flat-panel televisions and DVD players; oversized shower with multiple showerheads in master suite; washer/dryer and wireless high-speed Internet accessibility. Unique to the industry and Marriott Vacation Club's portfolio of resorts, Marriott's Crystal Shores will showcase a spectacular floor-to-ceiling sliding glass wall in each villa which opens up to a large, private balcony offering panoramic views and fresh sea breezes while providing ample space for relaxing and entertaining.
A 19-year Marriott veteran, Botwright began his career through Marriott's Individual Development training program at the Denver Marriott City Center with a concentration in housekeeping. In 1994, Botwright joined Marriott Vacation Club International serving as director of services at Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge in Breckenridge, Colo. He then held various roles within Marriott Vacation Club including director of services and front office manager at Marriott's Desert Springs Villas in Palm Desert, Calif. and director of operations at Marriott's MountainSide at Park City in Utah. Botwright was later promoted to general manager at Marriott's MountainSide. He then served as director of operations at Marriott Vacation Club International Owner Services in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"As the resort moves closer to occupancy, I am confident Patrick will be a tremendous asset to Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island," said Troy Asche, regional vice president of customer experience for the Florida-Caribbean region. "His high energy and enthusiasm combined with his wealth of experience will be a positive force in achieving high levels of success at this new Marriott Vacation Club resort."
In his most recent role, Botwright served as general manager at Marriott's Villas at Doral in Miami, Fla. Under his leadership the resort was named Marriott Vacation Club's "World Class Resort" in 2007.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Botwright graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management. In Miami, Botwright was involved in volunteer work through his local church and plans to continue to volunteer with his new church upon relocating. He is also active in Children's Miracle Network fundraising. Botwright along with his wife, Michele, and their four children, Isabella, Remek, Noah and Elijah will be relocating to Marco Island, Fla.
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. Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of 49 resorts and over 9,900 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Today, more than 365,000 vacation owners around the globe own their vacations "the Marriott way," offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the Marriott Vacation Club portfolio or within Interval International's global system of more than 2,300 resorts in over 75 countries, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, or rent their week(s). For more information, please visit www.marriott-vacations.com.