Women of Excellence: Erica Qualls

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    Erica Qualls serves as General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marriott International’s third largest hotel – a $100 million- a- year operation. She is responsible for ensuring guest and associate satisfaction, managing the hotel’s finances and assets, owner relations and fostering business alliances that promote Marriott International. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is Georgia’s largest hotel with 1,663 guestrooms and suites, and over 160,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

    In April 1993, Qualls started her career with Marriott International. She has held key positions in various disciplines. Prior to her current appointment, Qualls was Hotel Manager and Director of Human Resources at the Marriott Marquis, and General Manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Sunnyvale, California.

    An active member in her community, Qualls is involved in national and local community organizations including Children’s Miracle Network, Hands on Atlanta, United Negro College Fund, United Way, the Azalea City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia. She serves on the Board of Trustees Atlanta Police Foundation and Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Executive Board of Directors Metro Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Hotel Council, Atlanta Business League and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a member of the boards of Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Technical College, YWCA and Marriott Pride. Through Qualls leadership, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was awarded the A+ Award Summa Cum Laude for Partnership with Atlanta Public Schools.

    Qualls has received numerous awards including the Atlanta Business League’s prestigious Leadership Award for outstanding volunteerism and listed her as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence. In 2011, Qualls was named Business to Business Magazine’s Women of Excellence Honoree. In 2010 Qualls was honored as YWCA Woman of Achievement and joined Leadership Atlanta Alumni Class of 2010. She has distinguished herself among the very best in hospitality, named 2009 Host Hotels and Resort General Manager of the Year, 2008 Marriott International General Manager of the Year, and 2007 General Manager of the Year by the Georgia Hotel Lodging Association.

    She is the proud mother of four children, David Bascoe II, Tawfiqah Bascoe, Shukriyyah Bascoe and Wali Bascoe.

    Accomplished and fascinating women like Qualls are among 50 who will be honored by The Atlanta Daily World as “Women of Excellence” at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 20 at 200 Peachtree from 3pm- 6pm. The public is invited to come to the event and meet them.

    To purchase tickets to the event, call Michelle Gipson at 404-761-1114 ext. 11 or visit http://www.atlantadailyworld.com/upcoming-events and click on the “Women of Excellence” icon.

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