CHICAGO (June 10, 2013) At Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s annual stockholders meeting today at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hoplamazian recognized more than 40 Chicagoland colleagues for their years of exceptional service to the company and its guests.

The acknowledged associates, who have worked at Hyatt’s Chicagoland hotels, on average for 15 years, have collectively provided Hyatt guests with more than 680 years of service. Rich Kusak, bell captain at Hyatt Regency O’Hare and one of the individuals honored, is a charter member of the hotel team, having served guests at the iconic atrium hotel since its doors opened 42 years ago.

“Our people are Hyatt’s most important asset and the key to our success,” said Hoplamazian, who asked his Chicago area colleagues to rise for a round of applause. “Throughout their many years of service, these 44 individuals are representative of so many members of our Hyatt family. They truly embody our culture and demonstrate a unique passion for their work that keeps our guests returning year after year. They demonstrate care for one another and care for our guests every day. On behalf of the entire company, I want to thank our colleagues for being a part of the Hyatt family, for making Hyatt hotels great places to stay, and for making Hyatt a great place to work.”

Hyatt is committed to providing its associates with an outstanding workplace experience, which is why so many spend their careers at Hyatt. The average tenure of the more than 40,000 Hyatt hotel associates in the U.S. is more than ten years, while the average tenure of Hyatt housekeepers is more than 12 years.

Ghulahussain “Hussein” Karim, a restaurant server at Hyatt Regency Chicago who recently marked his 27th anniversary with the company, said of the recognition, “Hyatt has provided me with the opportunity to grow through the years and helped me become the person I am today. I have been able to support my family and help my children attend better schools. My two sons graduated from college. One is a stockbroker and runs his own business, and the other is a financial analyst. Their successes would not have been possible without all the help and support of my Hyatt family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The full list of Hyatt Chicagoland area colleagues recognized today include:

Hyatt Regency Chicago

  • Alice Arthur, 10 years
  • Reka Barczi, 8 years
  • Paulette Bonaparte, 9 years
  • Karie Catrambone, 3 years
  • Mila Esleta, 10 years
  • Manuel Estrada, 18 years
  • Eduardo Jimenez, 8 years
  • Ghulamhussain Karim, 27 years
  • Roosevelt Moncure, 29 years
  • Eli Moore, 25 years
  • Victor Rivera, 15 years

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

  • Christina Gumuls, 18 years
  • Maketh Mabior, 11 years
  • Raphael Mareno, 16 years
  • Paula Statum-Davis, 11 years

Hyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook

  • Conchita Guerra, 15 years

Hyatt Place Chicago/Itasca

  • Yolanda Pozos, 14 years

Park Hyatt Chicago

  • Hasija Cisija, 12 years
  • Komlan Koba (Koba), 9 years
  • Humberto Ramos, 13 years
  • Antonio Williams, 8 years

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

  • Laurel Burleson, 3 years
  • Maria Delgado, 27 years
  • Peggy Halminiak, 41 years
  • Rich Kusak, 42 years
  • Eric Sampson, 1 year
  • Marvin Styles, 13 years

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus

  • Lou Adams, 14 years
  • Adrian Barrios, 14 years
  • Richard Brandon, 23 years
  • Angelo Brimmer, 14 years
  • Maria Griese, 23 years
  • Omar Gutierrez, 3 years
  • Daria Kapinos, 6 years
  • John Lounibos, 5 years
  • Lisa Mariano, 28 years
  • Cheryl Raydl, 21 years
  • Bernan Redovan, 21 years
  • Ruben Rivera, 16 years
  • Danielle Robinson, 5 years
  • Martha Salas, 17 years
  • Amanda Sewell, 28 years
  • Jimmy Viscomi, 3 years
  • Mary Ann Viscomi, 25 years

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