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Former NFL Wide Receiver Partners with Marriott for Million Dollar Deal
BETHESDA, Md. - January 26, 2009 / -- DiversityBusiness.com / -Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today that they will continue to develop a relationship with Atlanta-based Carter Brothers, one of the largest minority-owned electronic security and fire alarm firms in the country. Edwards Service, a division of the eight-year old firm owned by John Carter and former NFL Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, Cris Carter, will install ADA-compliant alarm systems in Marriott-branded hotels in Southern California - a deal worth $1.5 million.

The ADA-compliant systems feature notification appliances for the hearing impaired, faster incident responses and carbon monoxide detectors.

Carter Brothers, through its Edwards Service Division, operates California offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as eight other offices nationwide. Marriott has previously sought Carter Brothers' expertise for projects at properties such as the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.

"We're excited about our partnership with the Carter Brothers," said Bill Hartwig, vice president, supplier relations, Marriott International, Inc. "They are a great example of how a growing company with a niche service can work with a corporation as large as ours. We're looking forward to building a lasting relationship."

As a part of Marriott's diversity initiatives, the company set a goal to spend 15 percent with minority, women and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) suppliers by 2009. Last year, Marriott spent more than $450 million.

For more information on Marriott's supplier diversity program, review criteria and frequently purchased products and services, or to register with us, please visit www.marriott.com/supplier. For company information, visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).

About Carter Brothers
Carter Brothers is a full-service provider of electronic security, fire, life safety products and project management services. Carter Brothers is headquartered in Atlanta and provides electronic security systems and services including Closed Circuit Television, Intrusion Detection, Access Control, and related fire and life-safety products. Products and services are provided through the Carter Brothers and Edwards Service brands. A National Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Plus(C) Member, Carter Brothers has nearly 300 employees and has established itself as one of the largest minority-owned electronic firms in the country, with more than 50 locations nationally. Carter Brothers was selected by DiversityBusiness.com as one of the "Top Diversity Owned Businesses in America". For additional information, please visit http://www.carterbrothers.com.

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Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 50,000 members, is the largest organization of diversity owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined. We also communicate with mainstream businesses, government agencies and educational institutions with information related to diversity. Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

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