OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 16, 2022) – The Ellison Hotel's Matt Cowden has been named "General Manager of the Year" by Marriott International among its 54 Tribute Portfolio hotels in North America.  

Cowden was recognized for his leadership during The Ellison's first year of operation, guiding his associates to new heights despite significant challenges. The boutique hotel was open for just two months before a fire at a neighboring luxury apartment complex required it to close for smoke remediation.  

Following its reopening three months later, The Ellison's guest survey responses lead the Tribute Portfolio in several key categories: intent to recommend, staff service, hotel cleanliness and food & beverage. 

"The Ellison team's dedication to providing excellence to our guests demonstrates true resilience and hospitality by all of our valued Associates," said Matt Cowden, general manager for The Ellison Hotel. "These are high honors for a hotel and restaurant that has experienced so much adversity in its opening year, and I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this team."  

Marriott International recently recognized The Ellison and Plains Management Group as Opening Hotel of The Year winners. In addition, Plains Management Group was also acknowledged as a finalist for the J.W. Marriott, Jr. Guest Experience Award and Marriott's Food & Beverage Excellence Award.  


About The Ellison 

The Ellison is Marriott’s first Oklahoma hotel within its Tribute Portfolio brand, which focuses on independent boutique hotels rooted in local culture. The 75,000 square-foot luxury hotel features 120 guest rooms, the Milo restaurant overseen by Chef Josh Valentine, 3,752 square feet of meeting spaces, and a rooftop swimming pool and bar.