Ray Bennett

Raymond "Ray" Bennett is Chief Lodging Services Officer, The Americas for Marriott International, Inc.  Mr. Bennett participates in the development and leads the execution of corporate product and service strategies at more than 3,200 hotels in North, Central, and South America.  He is also responsible for driving brand differentiation in Food & Beverage, Room Operations, Information Resources, Engineering & Facilities, and Safety & Security.  In addition, Mr. Bennett serves as both the strategic and tactical business partner to the group's Chief Operations Officers and Area Vice Presidents.  As a member of the Global Operations Services leadership team, Mr. Bennett represents the needs of The Americas during the development and implementation of international operational programs. 

Previously, Mr. Bennett served the Western Region of The Americas as an Area Vice President, Midwest States. He has also served in various management roles relating to development, hospitality, and operations throughout his career with Marriott, including: Senior Vice President, Lodging Development; Area Vice President, Lodging Development; General Manager, Residence Inn Pentagon City; Resident Manager, Crystal Gateway Marriott; and Vice President of Operations, Eastern Region, Marriott Distribution Services.

Prior to joining Marriott in 2001, Mr. Bennett worked for Pepsi Bottling Group for over 11 years in various managerial positions overseeing sales, delivery operations, manufacturing, warehousing, fleet & transport operations, supply chain management, customer service, personnel management, information technology, marketing, finance, and accounting.

Mr. Bennett serves on the national board of directors of KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), a nonprofit organization that provides recreational opportunities to children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  He is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council, a national mentoring, networking, and development organization comprised of African-American CEOs and senior executives from Fortune 500 and equivalent companies.  Mr. Bennett earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. He currently resides in Germantown, MD with his wife and their four children.

Marriott International / Chief Lodging Services Officer The Americas