2016 Navigator Awards: Business Leader of the Year — Scott Marr
Steamboat Springs — Scott Marr has been successful in both his business endeavors and community involvement.
Marr grew up in Florida and briefly worked as an accountant before moving to Colorado for a short stint as the business manager for the Grand Junction Sentinel newspaper.
He then entered the hotel industry back in the Florida Keys, where he developed properties with his father, who Marr considers his role model.
His father started his business career with no money, and they had to find investors for the hotel developments.
“There was a lot of rejection to get to the point where we got something,” Marr said.
Marr had been to Steamboat on a ski vacation, and he wanted to come back. In 2001, he bought the 82-room Holiday Inn, which had the Village Inn restaurant as a tenant.
“They were not up to the standard I wanted to be in here,” Marr said.
The hotel also needed some work, and in the 2009, in the midst of the recession, he committed to expanding the hotel to 117 rooms.
Marr partnered with Rex Brice to open Rex’s American Grill & Bar in place of the Village Inn.
“He has high expectations but gets out of the way to let you make it happen,” Brice said.
Along Marr’s side the whole time has been business partner Barbara Robinson, who moved from Florida to whip the hotel into shape.
“I think that we took a very average hotel and made it extraordinary,” Robinson said.
It is the highest ranked Holiday Inn in Colorado and was recently awarded the prestigious Intercontinental Hotels Group Torchbearer Award for highest quality metrics and guest satisfaction.
Out of 15,000 hotels, only 30 receive the award annually.
Outside of the hotel business, Marr is an active member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. While serving as president, the club constructed the Rotary Peace Pavilion in Rotary Park.
“I think it turned out to be a great community asset,” Marr said.
Marr also has served on the Yampa Valley Medical Center board and was president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board.
In 2009, he was recognized as the Philanthropist of the Year by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
He is a member of the 2A trails advisory committee that is deciding how to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on new hiking and cycling trails.
“He’s involved,” Brice said. “He’s one of those people that gets out in the community and is a part of the process.”
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