STAMFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, as the 2013 MS Humanitarian Award honoree at this year’s Annual MS Dinner of Champions, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford. Sternlicht is a native of Stamford.
Barry Sternlicht formed the private investment firm in 1991 with a focus on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading. Sternlicht is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust, now the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States traded on the New York Stock exchange. Sternlicht is also Chairman of the board of Societé du Louvre. For the past 22 years, he has structured over 500 investment transactions with an asset value of $44 billion. Starwood Capital Group employs approximately 280 associates located across 12 offices in six countries, including its global headquarters in Greenwich and other offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Paris and Sao Paolo.
From 1995 through early 2005, Sternlicht was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a company he founded in 1995. Sternlicht created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built St. Regis Hotels into a brand. Sternlicht has been credited as a dynamic and innovative hotel leader, creating new products and programs with immediate global appeal.
As an active member of the community, Sternlicht serves on the board of directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, Restoration Hardware, Mammoth Mountain and TriPointe Homes. He also serves as chairman of the board of Robin Hood and is on the boards of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute.
Sternlicht received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University, located in Providence, R.I. Sternlicht now serves as a trustee to the university. Sternlicht also earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
The MS Dinner of Champions is an event held to honor champions of business and the sports industry who make a difference in their organizations and communities. Since the first MS Dinner of Champions in 1978, which honored Howard Cosell, this event has continued to honor the most prominent champions. Past honorees of industry include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures such as Mark Teixeira, Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King, and Mary Lou Retton.
Last year, more than 200 people attended the black tie optional event, which raised more than $250,000. Since its inception, the MS Dinner of Champions has raised more than $7 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter.
The event includes a pre-event cocktail reception, exciting live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony.
Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., will also be honored that evening for his outstanding leadership and bestowed the MS Hope Award.
Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, news correspondent with CBS News, will serve as this year’s MS Dinner of Champions master of ceremonies.
For more information on the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.