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Marriott Lends Support to Back on my Feet
There are countless hotel companies and executives that lend support to charities all across the nation—and Marriott's David Grissen is one of those industry insiders working to make a difference.
Grissen, who serves as president of the Americas for Marriott International, also spends his time as the vice chair for Back on my Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization that engages the homeless community in running and helps promote independence and self-sufficiency.
Last week, BoMF launched a chapter in New York City, which kicked off with a one-mile inaugural run that began in Central Park and finished in Times Square. The event, which Grissen participated in, was followed by a celebratory breakfast at the New York Marriott Marquis. The breakfast event was attended by more than 40 corporate sponsors of BoMF and 800 people.
"Marriott International has a long history of serving our communities through a variety of charitable organizations. As soon as I heard about Back on My Feet, I knew it was a great fit with our company culture," said Grissen. "We continually look for ways to strengthen the communities where our guests and employees live and work. Back on My Feet helps address some of the most pressing challenges we face in our communities—homelessness, unemployment and poverty."
In 2011, more than ten Marriott employees served as Back on My Feet board members and the company offered 16 jobs to Back on My Feet residential members in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Atlanta.
The brand also plans to interview 130 BoMY members for positions at the company's properties in areas such as food service, housekeeping, and engineering.
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