Ann Cvelich with Salt River Marriott and Travis Gepson with Rocky Mountain Restoration E27
These culturally rich hotels (Salt River Marriott’s – Courtyard & Residence Inn), located on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in the Talking Stick Entertainment District, offer unique décor and a culture that embodies the spirit of gathering – perfect for your next meeting or networking event.
Featuring 8,200 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space with complimentary Wi-Fi and state of the art audio visual equipment available. Seasoned event professionals partner with you to ensure productive meetings and memorable celebrations with delicious food and refreshing beverage options created by their Chef.
After a wonderful night’s sleep guests can start the morning with a Starbucks and delicious breakfast sandwich in the Bistro, then relax at our resort style pool and courtyard area. When it’s time for dinner and Happy Hour the Bistro and Agave Lounge offer live music for a wonderful evening experience.
This central location offers attendees a convenient commute with easy access off of the Loop 101 within reach of Scottsdale’s finest attractions, shopping and dining.
Ann Cvelich began her career with Marriott in 1981 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn as a Good Morning Girl in the Navajo Room. She moved to the Scottsdale Marriott Suites in 1990 before crossing brands into SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites and Courtyard.
Ann landed her first General Manager position at the SpringHill Suites Tempe and then promoted to Dual General Manager for the SpringHill and TownePlace Suites in Tempe. In 2002, Ann accepted the General Manager at the Scottsdale Old Town Courtyard where she worked for 12 years.
In 2014 Ann moved to the beautiful Scottsdale Salt River Courtyard where she has led the hotel to Platinum Guest Satisfaction (top 5% of the brand worldwide) for the past 4 years. In 2019 Ann accepted the position of Dual General Manager of the Award winning Scottsdale Salt River Courtyard and the soon to be opened Residence Inn Salt River.
Over the years Ann has accumulated several inspiring achievements: Owner Relations Awards, GM Sales Excellence Awards, Western Region General Manager of the Year and most recently she was honored with teh iconic Craig Lambert Culture award for the entire Courtyard brand worldwide.
Ann and her husband, Tom, have been married for 29 years and have three beautiful daughters – Brittany who lives in Colorado, Caitlyn who has followed in her Marriott footsteps and is a Chief Engineer at the Scottsdale Old Town Courtyard and Danielle who is an RN. They all love spending time together along with Ann’s Dad (Bob) and brother (Rob) vacationing in Hawaii. Ann is a native New Yorker and a die-hard NY Giants and NY Yankees fan.
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