Marriott Vacation Club International is a subsidiary of Marriott International, a leading lodging company. Its heritage can be traced to a root beer stand opened in Washington, D.C., in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. Today, Marriott International has nearly 3,000 lodging properties located in the United States and 70 other countries and territories across nearly 20 lodging and vacation resort ownership brands. It is ranked as one of the lodging industry's most admired companies and one of the best places to work for. The company is also a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner. The company s brands include Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Marriott Conference Centers, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Marriott ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments and Grand Residences by Marriott. Marriott Vacation Club International is located in Lakeland, Fla.