• Washington, D.C.

2018 ONE Council of Officers Elected

(pictured L to R, Top to Bottom: Brad Benton, Chairperson; Thomas McCarthy, Vice-Chairperson; Paul Tramonte, Treasurer; Johnny Penn, Secretary; Christian Mullins, Fundraising Director; Sonia Zamborsky, Communications Director)

The leadership for the 2018 ONE Council was announced today, following the conclusion of the group's annual elections by the general membership. The six-person governing body of volunteer members serve either a one- or two-year term, depending upon the position. The elected leader returning to the Council for a two-year term is:

Members elected to a one-year term are:

Brad Benton, current Chairperson, will be serving the second part of his two-year term in 2018.

ONE is a self-governed associate network at Marriott International. Elections of the Council of Officers are held annually, with nominations and general member voting all happening in the month of December. The ONE Council is run out of the Washington, D.C. chapter, so it is required in the group's bylaws that elected Council members must reside in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area.

"I am very excited for this new Council to begin our work in 2018," says Benton. "We have some returning officers and some new faces as well that are eager to get started. It's going to be another great year. Congratulations to the new ONE Council, and an even bigger 'Thank you' to outgoing Council members, Salm Spina, and founding Treasurer for seven years, Ken Kuhn."

The new Council will officially begin their term on January 2, 2018.


About ONE

ONE is the official lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally associate network of Marriott International, Inc. comprised of Marriott associates and franchise employees. Since its inception in November 2010 by 15 founding members, the group has cultivated a focus to serve as a voice for LGBTQ associates and their allies, as well as to create a supportive network for a community that had no formal representation before within the company.

With over 2,300 volunteer members in 20+ chapters around the world, ONE continues to move forward in seeking new ways to:

  • Develop community among members

  • Increase the diversity mindset to include LGBTQ issues, and

  • Assist in unleashing revenue opportunities with concentrated marketing and sales efforts within the LGBTQ community

ONE embodies Marriott’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own membership. Over 56 percent of ONE’s membership is made up of straight allies. Sixty percent are women and close to 10% of members live outside of the United States.

Associate Networks within Marriott International are ongoing, associate-initiated teams that form around a broad range of common interests. These networks provide the opportunity to informally connect with other associates in order to grow both personally and professionally. These teams are self-directed and funded by their members.

For more information on ONE, please go to our website at www.onemarriott.com and engage with us on Twitter and Instagram @onemarriott Statements or articles posted by ONE are not official positions or opinions of Marriott International.


Brad Benton

ONE - Chairperson

E: brad.benton@marriott.com

T: +1 301-380-9588

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