The purpose of the Richard A. Winn Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Endowed Scholarship is to assist students with the cost of their education, increase awareness of careers in hospitality and tourism management and promote diversity in the field.
Richard "Rick" A. Winn is president of Amway Hotel Corporation (AHC), which generates a large amount of tourism to downtown Grand Rapids. A 30-year hotel industry veteran, Winn began his 18-year tenure with AHC as general manager of the Amway Grand Plaza, and was the collection’s vice president and managing director before being appointed president of AHC in January 2013. During his tenure at AHC, he was named Michigan’s General Manager of the year by the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association in 2001. Under Winn’s guidance, the hotel company established the first and only five-diamond restaurant in the state of Michigan for ten consecutive years, The 1913 Room, which was recently transformed into Ruth’s Chris Steak House, noted as one of North America’s most successful franchises. In his current role, Winn oversees the operations for the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids, and wants to encourage more diversity in the leadership team of hospitality and tourism organizations.