Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient Norman Jenkins Reflects on His Career

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Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient Norman Jenkins Reflects on His Career

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Capstone Development founder, president, and CEO Norman K. Jenkins recalls “it wasn’t unusual to be the only person of color in the room” during countless meetings while ascending through the management ranks of his corporate career. Jenkins spent five years with McDonald’s prior to joining Marriott International, where he spent 16 years. While at Marriott, he spearheaded the Diversity Ownership Initiative, an innovative educational program that reached out to successful leaders in other industries to make them aware of investment and ownership opportunities in hospitality.

As he told LODGING, “I am pleased to be honored with the LODGING Magazine Diversity & Inclusion Award, and I am humbled to be the inaugural recipient. While this award recognizes my past contributions, I’m not finished. Promoting diversity is a lifelong commitment and passion that will always be an integral part of my life.”

Looking back, Jenkins considers himself fortunate that his parents were willing to sacrifice so that he could obtain a college education; but there were strings: “They scraped together every nickel, but my commitment to them was that I would select a major that would ensure immediate employment upon completing college.”


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Lessons on the Links – Norman Jenkins, CEO of Capstone Development

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This week we launch a special series – Lessons on the Links – where I talk with extraordinary leaders over a round of golf. This week our Guest Mentor is Norman Jenkins, the CEO of Capstone Development, a real estate development company headquartered here in the DC area. Capstone Development owns and manages 30 Marriott and Hilton hotels across the country. Over a competitive round of golf at Norbeck Country Club, Norman and I discuss making the transition from corporate to entrepreneurship and the secret to successful mentor/protégé relationships. On the Rant/Rave/Review segment, I offer a reflection after a tragic week of domestic terrorism in the U.S.

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Build Long Term Growth

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Build Long Term Growth

WHILE MOST WERE JUST TRYING TO STAY AFLOAT at the peak of the Great Recession in 2008, Norman Jenkins was busy moving forward, leaving behind a senior vice president position with Marriott International to launch his own company, Capstone Development. After making it through a crash course in operating in a poor economy, Jenkins has learned how to prepare for the worst and appreciate the best. With seven years under his belt and 19 properties in his portfolio, Jenkins says he would not have done it any other way.

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Marriott Marquis to sign first contract

Marriott Marquis to sign first contract

Marriott International Inc. executives will sign the first contract for the Washington Marriott Marquis, the Convention Center-affiliated property now under construction, in a ceremony scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Marriott, Quadrangle propose apartments, two new hotels at the D.C. convention center

Marriott, Quadrangle propose apartments, two new hotels at the D.C. convention center

Quadrangle Development Corp., as QC 369 LLC, has submitted a planned-unit development application to construct a 570,000-square-foot, 12-story building at Ninth and L streets NW, adjacent to the new Marriott Marquis. The $230 million project, called Columbia Place, will contain a hotel (really, two hotels, both Marriotts) and multifamily residential.

Marriott Plans to Nearly Double Diverse-Owned Hotels to 1,000 by 2020

Marriott Plans to Nearly Double Diverse-Owned Hotels to 1,000 by 2020

From its inaugural Women’s Ownership Works or WOW Summit at the Courtyard/Residence Inn Manhattan Central Park, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) will announce plans to have 1,000 or 25 percent of its existing global hotel portfolio owned by diverse owners, including women, by 2020.  The WOW Summit brings together a small group of current women hotel owners with women exploring hotel development as part of their investment approach.  

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Celebrates Topping Off

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Celebrates Topping Off

Joining Mr. Marriott and Mayor Gray for this momentous occasion were city officials, community leaders, representatives from Marriott International, Inc., Quadrangle Development, Capstone Development, Destination DC and Events DC.