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Marriott associates honor late CEO

Employees of The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Wailea Beach Resort and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa walked, ran and biked as part of #ForwardForArne, a weeklong tribute event in March that celebrated the life of the late Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson. — Photo courtesy Angela Vento

Employees of The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Wailea Beach Resort and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa joined Marriott International associates across the state to honor the late Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson by walking, running or cycling March 8-25 as part of #ForwardForArne.

Sorenson died on Feb. 15. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019.

Sorenson was an avid runner. To celebrate his life, Marriott International associates came together and ran, walked or biked in his honor.

Collectively, Maui’s Marriott associates logged more than 250,000 steps during the weeklong event.

“Arne was an exceptional executive — but more than that — he was an exceptional human being,” said J.W. Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board. “Arne loved every aspect of this business and relished time spent touring our hotels and meeting associates around the world. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where the hospitality industry was headed and position Marriott for growth.

“But the roles he relished the most were as husband, father, brother and friend. On behalf of the board and Marriott’s hundreds of thousands of associates around the world, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Arne’s wife and four children. We share your heartbreak and we will miss Arne deeply.”

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