~ A Night to Remember Celebrating Longest-Standing Employees ~

On March 6, 2015 Grand Hyatt New York celebrated its Charter Members with a Grand Gala Event hosted by the hotel’s General Manager, Mark Pardue. The Charter Members are associates who have been with the storied hotel since it officially became Grand Hyatt New York 35 years ago, in 1980. There are 91 Charter Members still working at Grand Hyatt New York today, most of whom were in attendance at the Gala.
The Gala began with a private reception hosted by the Leadership Committee and Mark Pardue in the iconic Empire State Ballroom. Previously known as the Commodore Ballroom, it was the room where President John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1960. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in the ballroom in 1956 and former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated her victory of the New York Senate race. But on March 6, the attentions and festivities were focused on the Charter Members.
During the Grand Gala Event, senior management danced a choreographed routine onstage for the associates and awards were given out to the hotel’s top performers. Director of Banquets, Patrick Schumm, was named Manager of the Year. Patrick Price, who has been a Steward for 20 years, was named Associate of the Year, and Purchasing was the Team of the Year. A three-course dinner was served to 700 Grand Hyatt New York associates followed by a special oversized 35th birthday cupcake. After dinner, everyone danced well into the evening.
“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to show our appreciation for our longest-standing associates with a celebration of this magnitude,” said Pardue. “Our associates are an intergral part of what make staying at Grand Hyatt New York such a memorable experience. We are proud to have so many colleagues with us from the very year this property became Grand Hyatt New York.”

About Grand Hyatt New York
With a premier location on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, Grand Hyatt New York lies in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Attached to the legendary Grand Central Terminal, Grand Hyatt New York is just steps away from the city’s best culture and attractions, including Times Square, Broadway, art, culinary experiences and world-class shopping.

The hotel has 1,306 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The suites range in size from 600 to more than 3,500 square feet. The guest rooms feature the Hyatt “Grand Bed” and have large workspaces. Grand Club provides added luxury offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres. Grand Hyatt New York is perfect for groups of any size. Boasting over 50 meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,500 people.

About Grand Hyatt
Grand Hyatt features large-scale, distinctive hotels in major gateway cities and resort destinations. With presence around the world and critical mass in Asia, Grand Hyatt hotels provide sophisticated global business and leisure travelers with upscale accommodations, extraordinary restaurants, bars, spas and fitness centers, as well as comprehensive business and meeting facilities. Signature elements of Grand Hyatt include dramatic architecture, state of the art technology, and facilities for an array of business or social gatherings of all sizes.



Emma Silverman
11*6 Public Relations