Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort Celebrates 40th Anniversary By Honoring 14 Employees Who Have Worked At The Hotel Since Opening

Fourteen Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 40-year employees pose with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (back row, third from left), Hotel General Manager Paul Joseph (back row, fourth from left), and Central Florida Lodging Association President and CEO Robert Agrusa (back row, far left) at a ceremony honoring the employees' dedication to the resort, which celebrated its 40th “ruby” anniversary Thursday.

ORLANDO – The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday during an evening event that included Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Central Florida Lodging Association (CFHLA) President and CEO Robert Argusa and the guests of honor, 14 employees who have worked at the hotel for 40 years.

The employees were honored during a ceremony in which General Manager Paul Joseph announced the dedication of an island at the resort to the group, naming it Ruby Island after the 40th “ruby” anniversary and announcing plans for a special bench to be installed in their honor.

During the ceremony, Mayor Demings proclaimed Feb. 1, 2024 as Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Day. In 1984, the hotel opened as one of Orlando’s first major resort properties and helped pave the way for the area’s tourism boom.

Through the decades, the resort has continued to maintain its prominence as one of the area’s signature accommodations, earning recognition in 2023 as a top Orlando resort by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and earning the Orlando Sentinel’s Top Places to Work award.

“Forty years is a special achievement and everything we’ve accomplished over that time is thanks to our incredible team,” said Joseph. “What better way to celebrate this milestone than by honoring these talented and dedicated staff.”

The 14 employees honored for their 40 years of service were:

  • Annette Dennard, Security
  • Binh Nguyen, Culinary
  • Chau Nguyen, Cafeteria
  • David Osborn, Four Flamingos
  • Jean Weliver, Four Flamingos
  • Kip Conway, Event Services
  • Linda Reed, Security
  • Mike Wainwright, Four Flamingos
  • Million Ketema, Event Services
  • Robert Platz, Culinary
  • Robert Torres, Guest Services
  • Sherman Smith, Event Set up
  • Steve Click, Guest Services
  • Thac Pham, Stewarding

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