By Sarah Peddar, business development manager, Carter
Carter associates Amy Hunt and Nan Loudon of the Interior Project Team recently hosted a group of 15 at Ocean Prime in Orlando, Fla., to celebrate the seven-year relationship between Carter and the Starwood Vacation Ownership facilities group. The get-together also recognized the recent completion of the Sheraton Vistana Resort project.
Guests enjoyed cocktails on the terrace, followed by a delicious meal of steak and seafood. Conversation centered around a timeline displayed on the wall of the Carter/SVO relationship history. Highlights included completed projects and memorable moments, one of the most entertaining being the story of a wild chicken attacking one of the team members while on location in St. John!
One of Hunt’s primary focuses over the past few years was the Sheraton Vistana Resort project. SVR’s renovations spanned from September 2007 through September 2011 and encompassed 1,682 renovated units benefiting 85,782 owners. Since the completion, SVR has become one of the top five ranked vacation ownership properties in the SVO portfolio. They have seen a 23 percent decrease in energy consumption and most recently received an award for leadership in energy efficiency, making it the most energy efficient property in the Starwood Hotel group.
The longstanding relationship between these two organizations began in 2004, when Carter was hired to manage SVO’s corporate campus build-out and relocation. This evolved into work with their vacation ownership properties and now the relationship continues with several new projects forecasted for 2012 and 2013. As evidence of how in-sync Carter and SVO are, both teams covertly planned to present each other with a commemorative memento honoring the SVR completion – both were small Lucite blocks with the project dates and team logos!
Hunt acknowledges how much she likes working with this group, “It is a fun departure from interior commercial renovations, and I enjoy being part of the team that enhances so many vacation experiences through the improvements at resorts like SVR,” she said.