Alex Paz, Executive Chef at JW Marriott Miami, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Corporate magazine’s “40 Under 40” feature in the Winter 2016 issue. Connect Corporate is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to meeting professionals and planners in the corporate meetings and events industry.

Peers in the corporate meetings world nominated Paz. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect Corporate editorial staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. An annual feature in Connect Corporate magazine, “40 Under 40” is neither driven by advertising nor is it connected with any promotional contest. It simply honors young leaders who have earned respect from industry professionals and media.

“The individuals represented in our annual ‘40 Under 40’ are the future of the corporate meetings industry,” said Chris Collinson, president of Connect. “They are the ones elevating the profession and moving it forward. We are honored to be able to present them in this ‘Staring Lineup’ feature.”

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 57 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries