Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Global Hotelier, Abdul Suleman, Awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor


Abdul M. Suleman
 NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 18, 2014—Global hotelier Abdul M. Suleman, founder and CEO of San Francisco-headquartered Equinox Hospitality Group ( and former senior vice president of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has been awarded the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).

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               Suleman received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a gala event held in the Great Hall on Ellis Island. 

The award pays homage to the immigrant experience, honoring not only individuals, but the pluralism and democracy that have enabled ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of the American way of life.

 The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds.

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Past medalists include U.S. presidents, Noble Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government, including  Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, and Lee Iacocca.  Suleman is the only hotelier honored this year.

Suleman migrated to the U.S. to attend Brigham Young University in the late 1960s.  He entered the hotel industry more than 30 years ago, starting from a front desk position, yet rising through the ranks of Hyatt Hotels Corporation to senior vice president.

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 In 1994 he left Hyatt and founded Equinox Hospitality. Equinox owns, develops, repositions, operates, and asset manages hotels globally.

 In addition to the company owning and operating their own hotels, Equinox is currently an adviser on the world’s largest hotel development project currently underway in Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia. 

This one-of-a-kind development consists of 36 high-rise buildings, representing 26 upscale hotel brands and totaling 11,535 keys, with multiple food & beverage facilities.

For more information about Suleman, please visit

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Jerry Daly
Daly Gray
(703) 435-6293                                                            

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