Founder of Tarrytown House Honored by International Association of Conference Centers
TARRYTOWN, New York (June 29, 2006) â€” Robert L. Schwartz, who founded Tarrytown House in 1964, was honored here last night by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) as a "Conference Center Industry Pioneer, in gratitude for his vision, commitment and achievement."
The presentation to Schwartz was made by IACC president Jeffrey V. Farina of Larchmont, who told of working at Tarrytown House early in his career. "Tarrytown House was the brainchild of Bob Schwartz, the founder of this special place," said Farina. "Now in retirement, Bob had a huge influence on our industry. He was a visionary entrepreneur, who created the first marketed conference center. If it weren't for him our industry might look very different today."
In the resolution presented to Schwartz, the IACC Board officially recognized Tarrytown House "as the first commercial conference center in the United States." The property is now one of 35 distinctive hotels, resorts and conference centers owned by Destination Hotels and Resorts based in Colorado. The gathering last night celebrated the completion of an $11 million restoration of the two 19th century mansions, 209 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space contained on the 26-acre estate.
As he accepted his award, Schwartz said modestly about his creation of a place for business people to meet and share ideas, that he was "lucky enough to get in early and smart enough to get out of the way and let it happen." Lederle Labs in Rockland County, IBM, AT&T and General Electric were early supporters of Schwartz' new concept.
"The conference center idea was a new form of education in the US that changed the nature of American business. We introduced the concept of treating employees well by sending them away to grow," said Schwartz. "Our message to guests always was that we hoped they would each be a fuller self than before they came here."
Charlie Peck, the President of Destination Hotels and Resorts, greeted guests at the re-dedication celebration, as did Joe Santore, General Manager of Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, as the property is now known.
Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 8,000 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 10 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
Conveniently located just off I-87 one mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center offers easy access from New York City and every point in the surrounding region. Air service is available from Westchester County, LaGuardia, Newark and Stewart Airports.
Inquiries regarding meetings, conferences, board retreats, day outings, receptions, banquets, and other group functions should be directed to the Sales Office at 914-591-3100 or 800-553-8118.
To learn more about Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, go to www.tarrytownhouseestate.com.
Mary T. Prenon
Thompson & Bender
Phone: (914) 762-1900, ext. 25