In Memoriam – Arne Sorenson (Hon)

The Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) mourns the loss of Arne Sorenson (Hon), the late President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.  In 2018, Mr. Sorenson was elected to be an honorary lifetime member of CHS after receiving the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration 2018 Cornell Hospitality Icon of the Industry Award.

During his tenure Mr. Sorenson supported the continued recruitment, and development, of many Hotelies within the Marriott organization.  In January of 2017, Mr. Sorenson hosted members of the Hotel School faculty at Marriott headquarters and shared his thoughts on the hospitality industry.


Below, Mr. Sorenson receives his Honorary Lifetime CHS Membership from Dean Kate Walsh, Bill Minnock ’79, Cheryl Boyer ’87, and Dexter Wood ’87.


Jon Kimball ‘84

Jon Kimball ‘84, Area General Manager – Northern California for Marriott International, shares with us what it means to him to be a Hotelie for Life®.

Jon Kimball ‘84, Area General Manager – Northern California for Marriott International

“My Hotelie roots remain with me to this day! The friendships and long-term relationships which I maintain are deeply connected to my time at Cornell. I often think about how those years truly shaped my career and love of the hospitality industry. As Hotelie alumni, we are especially fortunate to maintain that special bond. I am just so excited and thrilled to see my daughter, Sarah, enter Cornell and The Hotel School, knowing that she too will be Hotelie for Life!”