Marylouise Fitzgibbon is the General Manager of the W Fort Lauderdale hotel. As a 22-year veteran of Starwood, she has been running W hotels throughout the country for the last 10 of those years. Prior to joining the W Fort Lauderdale resort, she was the opening General Manager for the W Atlanta Buckhead hotel. Under her leadership, the hotel instantly became a local sensation, and the rooftop bar, Whiskey Blue, was named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the Top Ten Hotel Hangouts in the country. Within the first 90 days of opening, the hotel had secured over 230 pieces of press coverage in top tier publications, including USA Today, Associated Press, New York Post, Hotel Design, US Weekly, OK! Magazine, Jezebel and many more – reaching a global audience of nearly 200 million.
She has been personally featured in over a dozen articles highlighting the hotel industry including features in USA Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sun Sentinel, etc…. In 2010, she was chosen by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as the National Winner of their General Manager Of The Year award- this award spans all hotel companies in the United States.
As an Adjunct Professor for the last 9 years, she loves to share her perspective on creating World-Class service. Her goal is for every guest to leave the hotel with an experience/memory that goes far beyond the standard hotel offerings.