After 26 years with Marriott International, Richard Green, vice president of association sales & industry relations, will officially retire at the end of the year. As a Marriott sales leader, Green is credited for building deep and lasting client relationships that have resulted in strong customer preference across the company’s global portfolio of brands.
“I’d like to personally recognize and thank Richard for his years of service and for the significant contributions he has made to both Marriott and the meetings industry,” said Stephanie Linnartz, executive vice president and chief marketing & commercial officer. “Richard is highly regarded in the association meetings community for his leadership and for his tireless work to be the voice of customer.”
David Townshend, senior vice president, global sales, added, “For many of our group customers and throughout the industry, Richard is the ‘face of Marriott’. We will all miss his dedication, commitment and the genuine passion for our business he demonstrated each and every day.”
Green’s distinguished career includes service on a number of key industry boards and committees, including the ASAE Board of Directors, on which he currently serves, and PCMA Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and as a PCMA Board Lisason to various committees, chapters and task forces. He has chaired The Destination Marketing Association International Foundation, served on the Boards of the AMC Institute, The Exhibition Industry Foundation, The Center for Association Leadership and chaired The ASAE Foundation Board. Green also was the first Commissioner for the CIC’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX).
In 1995, he was honored by ASAE when he became an ASAE Fellow, one of only 90 non-association executives in the country to earn this recognition. In 2004, PCMA honored him with
their Professional Achievement Award, and in 2006, ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership awarded him their Academy of Leaders Award, their highest award for a non-association professional.
Green began his career with Marriott while attending the University of Denver’s School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, as a front desk clerk at the Denver Marriott Southeast. Over the years he has held a variety of sales leadership positions including director of association sales at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and national account executive with Marriott’s National Group Accounts Organization.
“My career achievements can all be tracked back to the wonderful Marriott platform upon which I could grow. I retire with incredibly fond memories and many lifelong friends,” said Green.