Thursday, May 24, 2018

Medwedeff Makes Major Move


Rick Medwedeff and his wife Deborah at the 2016 American Cancer Society Imagination Ball. Photo by Val Simon

Rick Medwedeff and his wife Deborah at the 2016 American Cancer Society Imagination Ball. Photo by Val Simon

Rick Medwedeff must have felt like Christmas came about two months early. The J.W. Marriott’s General Manager got some great new last week when his son announced Medwedeff and his wife Deborah would become grandparents next year.

This will be a first for the Medwedeff family, who have a son and daughter in San Diego and another daughter in Oahu, Hawaii.

The next piece of news, although exciting, is somewhat bittersweet with the announcement last week by Marriott Corporation that Medwedeff, a 35-year veteran of the corporation had been chosen as the new General Manager for the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center, just outside Denver, Colorado. That property will be opening right after the first of the year and is part of the Marriott Corporation.

Medwedeff is extremely excited about the opportunity, but is understandably sad leaving a property he has managed for 20 years of his 35- year career with Marriott. He had originally been at the property for eight years before being chosen to manage a Marriott Resort/Conference property outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He would return to the Marco Island property 12 years ago and would spearhead the rebranding and expansion of today’s J.W. Marriott Golf and Beach Resort over the last three years.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for my entire family. Our relocation will place us closer to our children and our new grandchild. Just as importantly it moves us closer to my wife’s wonderful mom and dad who are now retired in New Mexico,” said Medwedeff.

There are presently only four Gaylord branded properties owned by Marriott. Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Gaylord National outside Washington, D.C., Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas and the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. With the opening of Gaylord Rockies outside Denver, Colorado there will be a total of five of the upscale convention/conference resort properties under that brand.

“We will certainly miss Rick’s dedication to making Marco the wonderful community it is,” said Alex Parker, President of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Parker was one of many Marco residents who spoke glowingly of Medwedeff’s contributions to the Marco community.

Jane Watt, founder of the Marco Island Academy, a public charter high school on the island was sad to hear of Medwedeff’s departure. “He and the Marriott have been a huge part of our success here on Marco. I’ll miss him as a friend, but the children of Marco Island, present and future will miss the impact of his vision and leadership,” said Watt.

Cindy Love, Executive Director of the Greater Marco YMCA was equally upbeat regarding her relationship with Medwedeff. “Rick and the Marriott Corporation were always community partners we could count on, no matter what,” said Love.

“Rick was a real professional and a great collaborator on many of the community projects and outreach efforts that were undertaken by the Marriott, making them both great members of our community,” said Councilman Bob Brown.

“It will be hard leaving behind the wonderful staff we have here; they are like our extended family, along with our friends and especially the terrific people that make this island such a wonderful place to live. We are however looking forward to this next chapter in our lives, playing with a new grandbaby, seeing our children and Deb’s parents more often, along with the challenges ahead opening up this great new facility in Colorado,” said an upbeat and smiling Medwedeff.

6 responses to “Medwedeff Makes Major Move”

  1. Joe Batte says:

    I will miss you Rick! You are the best!

  2. Rick has been wonderful to our sons and Daughters of Erin group always so generous thank you and good luck in your new venture

  3. Mr A says:

    Congratulations buddy. You deserve everything. We are not cold weather people and that Marriott job and surroundings was unbelievable. Be careful skiing you are getting a little older but I know that isn’t Going to stop you. Wonderful how important family is to you n Deb is blessed to have both parents. I regret that when I was in Maryland we didn’t get home more often. Sometime it takes too long to realize that. You are beautiful people. The wrestlers at Howie made their own Hall of Fame. I went up for the first dinner and awards. It was fantastic.Mr. Phillips was nominated and several of the wrestlers in the 70’s. Each year they Wii be adding recipients to the Hall of fame. I really became active in the 80’s with the team and was the official scorer for county n regional tournaments. They just announced that I will be a recipient this year. I loved those guys n that sport. Played football n baseball in high school. One wrestler provided the banquet for 100 people attending. Another provided the funds for all the trophies. I told Dave Mackey leader of the committee how deeply honored I am and God willing I will be there.

  4. Jim Lang says:

    Rick, you will be missed from Marco Island our loss and their gain.

  5. Marion Medwedefff says:

    Rick,

    Congratulations on your recent promotion. It is well deserved.

    As you know, my 90th Birthday will occur on Nov. 9, 2019.

    Will a repeat of the “Medwedeff ‘Stud’ Open” that was first held
    in 2009 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort be possible at the
    Gaylord Resort and Conference Center, near Denver, Colorado?

    If so, I would like to invite Michael David Medwedeff to replace
    Dan Gillis, who passed away on January 8, in the 1st foursome.

    The two foursomes would then consist of:

    Rick Medwedeff, David Medwedeff, Marty Mason and Michael David Medweeff in the 1st foursome.
    Marion Medwedeff, David Tyler Medwedeff, Michael Gayle Medwedeff and James Mason in the 2nd fourome.

    Love,

    Uncle Marion
    .

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