Marriott International Executives Receive DECA's 2016 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at #DECAICDC

In honor of their industry leadership, personal achievements and social responsibility, Erika L. Alexander, Chief Lodging Services Officer, The Americas, and Melissa Froehlich Flood, Vice President of Government Affairs, were awarded DECA’s 2016 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award during tonight’s opening session of the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The Marriott International executives and DECA Executive Mentor Program co-chairs accepted their awards after they delivered inspirational keynote remarks to 17,5000 #DECAICDC attendants in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and to thousands more at home live streaming the event.

Past recipients of DECA’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award include:

  • Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi
  • Fran Tarkenton, CEO of the Tarkenton Companies
  • Steve Greenbaum, CEO of PostNet
  • George Zimmer, founder and chairman of Men’s Wearhouse
  • Pat Williams, NBA executive, author and entrepreneur
  • Josie Marin, supermodel and entrepreneur
  • George Ross, TRUMP Organization executive vice president and entrepreneur

Alexander and Froehlich Flood’s keynote remarks challenged DECA members to take full advantage of their DECA experience and never give up on their personal and career goals.

They also related their personal, and Mr. Marriott’s, experience with DECA and how important they view the partnership to every member, Marriott International, Inc. and the national economy.  

DECA members in attendance for the remarks loved the motivational message and shared their own thoughts on Twitter during the session using #DECAICDC.

Here's what some had to say:

Congratulations to Ms. Alexander and Ms. Froehlich Flood and thank you for inspiring our members to #beDECAepic. 

View the entire opening session of this year's ICDC here

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