Management

  • Stephen P. Weisz
    President and Chief Executive Officer
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    Stephen P. (“Steve”) Weisz is president and chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. In 2018, Mr. Weisz led the strategic initiative to acquire ILG, Inc.  The combined company has more than 100 resorts and nearly 650,000 Owners and Members in a diverse portfolio that includes seven vacation ownership brands. It also includes exchange networks and membership programs comprised of nearly 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations and approximately two million members, as well as management of more than 200 other resorts and lodging properties.

    Previously, Mr. Weisz served as president of Marriott Vacation Club International from December 1996 until the latter part of 2011 when Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation was established as a separate, public company from Marriott International, Inc. As president of Marriott Vacation Club International, he led the vacation ownership division and oversaw three brands under the Marriott Vacation Club International umbrella, including:  Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott.

    Prior to assuming his position as president of Marriott Vacation Club International, Mr. Weisz served as executive vice president of Lodging Brands and was responsible for developing growth and positioning strategies for all Marriott Lodging brands, which included Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites; Renaissance; Courtyard; Fairfield Inn; Springhill Suites; Residence Inn; TownePlace Suites and Marriott Conference Centers.

    Mr. Weisz’s 46-year career includes 39 years with Marriott International where he held several key executive management positions as follows:  senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites; regional vice president for the Mid-Atlantic Region; vice president of Revenue Management; senior vice president of Rooms Operations and Related Services and general manager, Bethesda Marriott in Maryland.

    A graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, he joined Marriott in 1972 as a front office trainee at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va. Mr. Weisz returned to Cornell on a regular basis for 13 years as a faculty member and visiting lecturer. He is currently a member of and has served as a regional vice president of the Cornell Hotel Society.  

    In 2001, Mr. Weisz received an honorary doctoral degree in Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality Management; a past board member of the Maryland Hotel/Motel Association; a member of the Board of Directors and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Resort Development Association; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of InMoment; a past member of the Board of Directors of the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.; and is past Chairman of the Board of Governors of Children’s Miracle Network and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

    • R. Lee Cunningham
      Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Vacation Ownership
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      R. Lee Cunningham serves as the executive vice president and chief operating officer – vacation ownership for Marriott Vacations Worldwide and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Cunningham oversees the global vacation ownership business including asset management, resort operations and inventory, rental and revenue management functions across the family of brands.

      Mr. Cunningham began his career with Marriott International as a front desk management trainee in 1982. For the next six years he served at Marriott hotels in Atlanta; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Miami; Kansas City, Mo. and Washington, D.C., with increased levels of responsibility at each assignment.

      In 1990, Mr. Cunningham transitioned from the front office to revenue management becoming one of Marriott’s first revenue management-focused associates. He spent the next seven years in various property, regional and corporate revenue management roles, including leading the effort to bring Marriott’s revenue management techniques to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company following Marriott’s acquisition of the brand in 1994. In 1997, Mr. Cunningham joined Marriott’s timeshare division as the vice president of revenue management and customer service operations, and later became the senior vice president of product supply management overseeing the optimization of Marriott Vacation Club’s inventory, including the allocation and pricing of inventory for sale and for use by owners and guests.  In 2007, he became executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands in North America and the Caribbean. As the company evolved in 2011 and 2012, Mr. Cunningham’s role expanded to include the remaining operations for the company in the Asia Pacific region, the European and Middle East region and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club located in North America and the Caribbean.

      Mr. Cunningham is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in hotel administration.

      • Clifford M. Delorey
        Executive Vice President and Chief Resort Experience Officer
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        Clifford M. Delorey is the executive vice president and chief resort experience officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Delorey is responsible for the company’s resort operations for the vacation ownership portfolio of brands. 

        A 37-year Marriott veteran, Mr. Delorey began his career in 1981. With extensive global operational experience, he has served in a variety of roles around the world including director of international operations for Marriott International in Bethesda, Md. In 2003, Mr. Delorey took on the role of regional director of operations for the Pacific Islands, Guam and Japan where he was responsible for 23 properties including four Marriott Vacation Club resorts. 

        In 2006, Mr. Delorey joined Marriott Vacation Club International where he served as vice president of operations for the East region, overseeing the region’s operations team consisting of 15 resorts.

        Mr. Delorey served as vice president of operations for the Middle East and Africa region for Marriott International from 2011 to 2013, leading 40 hotels in the region and an additional 46 that were in development within the next five years. 

        In his most recent role, Mr. Delorey oversaw the on-site management of Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott resorts around the globe. Additionally, he provided oversight and coordination of the on-site management company for The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club resorts and was responsible for the development and financial performance of the resort-based ancillary businesses.

        Mr. Delorey is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

        • John E. Geller, Jr.
          Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
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          John E. Geller, Jr. serves as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. In addition to finance and accounting, Mr. Geller also has responsibility for human resources and information technology.

          Mr. Geller began his career in 1989 with Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C., as a staff auditor and coincidentally, his first client assignment was Marriott International. In 2000, he became an audit partner within the real estate and hospitality practice. He moved to Ernst & Young in 2002, where he served as a partner in their real estate and hospitality practice. In December 2004, Mr. Geller left public accounting to assume the position of chief financial officer of AutoStar Realty – a real estate investment company sponsored by Staubach Companies and iStar Financial – which focused on financing automotive real estate. 

          Mr. Geller joined Marriott International in 2005 where he served as senior vice president and chief internal audit and information security officer. From May-December 2008, he was the chief financial officer for the Western Region of North America Lodging Operations, after which he transitioned to the role of chief financial officer at Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation until December 2017, when he assumed responsibility for the information technology and human resources departments.

          Mr. Geller holds his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Penn.).

          • James H Hunter, IV
            Executive Vice President and General Counsel
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            James H Hunter, IV is executive vice president and general counsel for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Hunter oversees all legal matters for the company and its global brands and businesses.

            Mr. Hunter joined Marriott International’s law department in 1994 in Washington, D.C., where he led lodging development transactions for Marriott’s lodging brands worldwide, including a five-year assignment to Hong Kong where he supported Marriott’s expansion in Asia Pacific. Through his various roles with Marriott, he led a wide variety of transactions, including real estate development, joint venture, lease, debt and equity financing, management, franchise, purchase and sale and other transactions, in over 50 countries.

            In 2006, Mr. Hunter was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for Marriott Vacation Club International and relocated to Orlando, Fla. In 2011, he led legal support for the division’s spin-off from Marriott International as a separate, publicly traded company. In 2018, he led legal support for the company’s acquisition and integration of ILG, Inc.

            Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Hunter was law clerk to Judges Charles Brower and Richard Allison at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands and subsequently practiced law in Washington, D.C.

            Mr. Hunter earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in New York.

            Mr. Hunter is an active participant in the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and serves on ARDA’s ethics committee and general counsel council. He also is the sponsor of the company’s Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program and serves on Washington, D.C.-based Street Law’s annual awards host committee.

            • Lizabeth "Lani" Kane-Hanan
              Executive Vice President and Chief Development and Product Officer
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              Lizabeth "Lani" Kane-Hanan is the executive vice president and chief development and product officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Ms. Kane-Hanan is responsible for the company’s product expansions, growth, development and enterprise level growth initiatives. Specifically, she oversees the resort planning, design, construction, refurbishment, acquisitions and product innovation departments. Her team’s efforts support the vacation ownership family of brands around the globe.

              Prior to joining the organization in 2000, Ms. Kane-Hanan was part of the senior leadership team of the real estate consulting practices of Arthur Andersen and Horwath Hospitality in Miami where she specialized in development, acquisitions and strategic planning for lodging, residential and mixed-use real estate projects and companies.

              Since joining Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Ms. Kane-Hanan has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, and in 2007 was tapped to lead the company’s transformation, spearheading the nearly three-year journey to develop and operationalize Marriott Vacations Club’s point-based timeshare products. Since then, she has been responsible for the company’s product and resort growth activities, including the development and launch of the company’s entry into the urban and experiential timeshare products. 

              A third-generation hotelier with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ms. Kane-Hanan is an active member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and serves on the Board of Directors. Ms. Kane-Hanan is also the co-founder and past president of Women in the Industry (WIN), a national non-profit organization – which in addition to its philanthropic activities – advocates, educates and connects women. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the National Recreational Development Council. She is a frequent guest speaker at various universities, hospitality conferences, women’s organizations and other groups. 

              Ms. Kane-Hanan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in hospitality management from Florida International University (Miami), where she also served as an adjunct instructor and is currently the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council.

              • Jeanette E. Marbert
                President, Exchange and Third-Party Management
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                Jeanette E. Marbert is president, exchange and third-party management for Marriott Vacations Worldwide and is a member of the executive committee. In this role, she oversees five of its operating businesses, including: Interval International, a leader in the worldwide vacation services industry; Aqua-Aston Hospitality, a prominent hotel and resort management company; Trading Places International, a provider of timeshare exchange and rentals and resort management services; VRI Americas, a provider of resort and homeowners’ association management services; and VRI Europe, a manager of vacation ownership resorts in Europe. In addition, she has responsibility for Great Destinations, a fee-for-service, real estate brokerage firm for homeowner associations.

                Prior to Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Ms. Marbert served as president and chief executive officer of the exchange and rental segment of ILG and oversaw Interval International, the branded proprietary clubs, Trading Places International and Aqua-Aston Hospitality. Previously, she was ILG’s chief operating officer, where she was responsible for global human resources, legal and information technology functions, as well as directing certain management operations. She joined Interval International as corporate counsel in 1984.

                A licensed attorney, Ms. Marbert is actively involved in the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and is a member of its board of directors and executive committee. She is also on the board of the ARDA International Foundation. In addition, she has served on ARDA’s state legislative and federal issues committees and was instrumental in drafting the organization’s Vacation Club Model Act.

                A native of Middletown, Md., Ms. Marbert earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Villanova University.

                • Brian E. Miller
                  Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
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                  Brian E. Miller is the executive vice president and chief marketing and sales officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Miller also oversees the company’s global Customer Service Operations. 

                  Mr. Miller joined the organization in 1990 as the national marketing director, and in 1994 he was promoted to vice president of marketing of the then division of Marriott International. After re-branding the company’s flagship timeshare brand to Marriott Vacation Club, Mr. Miller was tapped to lead the business’s entry into the European market as the regional vice president of Sales and Marketing for Europe and the Middle East.

                  Mr. Miller returned to Corporate Headquarters in 2001 as the senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing. In this role, Mr. Miller oversaw the distribution of all company products including timeshare, fractional and residential ownership across all three of the company’s brands; Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott. After the substantial adjustments necessary during the economic downturn, Mr. Miller was instrumental in the development and implementation of Marriott Vacation Club’s new points-based timeshare product which was introduced in 2010. He then assumed responsibility for the Customer Service operations, and in 2011, upon the spin-off of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation from Marriott International, Mr. Miller assumed his current position.

                  Mr. Miller is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

                  • Dwight D. Smith
                    Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
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                    Dwight D. Smith is the executive vice president and chief information officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Smith joined the company in 1990 from Marriott International’s former Roy Rogers division, where he served in a similar capacity. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Smith spent six years with the Washington, D.C. office of Andersen Consulting, where he was a manager in the Advanced Technology Group.

                    During his tenure with Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, Mr. Smith has led his team through periods of significant business growth including expansion into multiple brands and globally into Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

                    In 2008, Mr. Smith was recognized in Computer World magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders. This acknowledgement was due to his focus on building business and information resources alignment around shared goals, which ultimately delivered globally integrated and agile technology solutions in support of all products, brands and markets.

                    He earned his degree from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) in the field of management and data processing.

                    • Ovidio E. Vitas
                      Chief Brand and Digital Strategy Officer
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                      Ovidio E. (“Ovi”) Vitas is chief brand and digital strategy officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the executive committee. In his role, Mr. Vitas is responsible for the enterprise’s global brand footprint and driving growth and customer satisfaction through digital innovation.

                      Mr. Vitas joined the organization in 2015 with the goal of bringing digital transformation across the entire enterprise. Under his leadership, the Marriott Vacation Club brand launched its new visual identity and branding systems, as well as new websites, digital experiences and technologies that deliver on the promise of increased customer satisfaction and shareholder value.

                      Prior to joining Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Mr. Vitas managed global brand, digital and marketing communications for Reebok’s training footwear and apparel division. Prior to his time at Reebok, Mr. Vitas held leadership roles at Electronic Arts, NBC/Universal, AOL and Warner Brothers.

                      Mr. Vitas is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University.

                      • Michael E. Yonker
                        Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
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                        Michael E. Yonker is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Mr. Yonker is responsible for enterprise-wide human resources strategies, programs and performance.

                        Previously, Mr. Yonker also served as vice president, human resources supporting global operations for the organization. He began his career with Marriott International in 1983 as an assistant controller at Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort in Chicago. He went on to serve in several management-level responsibilities in both finance and human resources, including multiple regional human resources leadership positions across various divisions.

                        Mr. Yonker has a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. and a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz.

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