Title: Luxury General Manager
Organization: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Committee Position: Immediate Past Chair
With over 35 years of hospitality experience, Greg Cook proudly holds the position of General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Cook began his hospitality and Marriott International career in 1985 as a bellman at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Since then, he has held numerous positions such as Area General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton overseeing multiple hotels, General Manager for the Eden Roc Renaissance where he repositioned the iconic lifestyle property after a $230 million renovation, VP of Hotels for Key International, and other General Manager and Operational positions with Marriott.
Cook's involvement in the community is extensive, as he has served as a board member for the Broward Workshop Top 105 CEOs of Broward County; Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; City of Fort Lauderdale Chamber "Economic Advisory Council"; City of Fort Lauderdale Business Improvement District; and Broward Tourism Coalition. In keeping with community even closer to his then home, Cook led The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale to earn the Community Footprints Award of the Year, an award presented by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company focused on social and environmental responsibility. Greg currently serves as Chair for Visit Florida, Board Member of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, AHLA Resort Committee, as well as being a member of the Southern Innkeepers Association. He is also a Board member for The Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County, an organization that The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island supports as part of their Community Footprints outreach.
As a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, Cook and his wife, Pam, who also works for Marriott International, enjoy their house on the water just south of Amelia Island. Cook is a proud father to two daughters who are University of North Florida graduates. Cook enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, and simply spending time on the water or his dock with family and friends. He is grateful for island living and for the opportunity to share its treasures with millions of visitors each year.