My dear friend David Barwick leaves Marriott

Corporate America continues to adjust to the ever changing economic situation the world faces…. My former Company, Marriott Hotels is no exception. As they continue to figure out how to survive the decrease in travel, they are eliminating jobs. One of their best was recently let go as his job was eliminated. I’ worked with David for 18 years in the Atlanta Regional Office and no one was more professional, hard working or pleasant to work with. Here is David’s email letting his many colleagues around the world know that is time with Marriott was finished.

“November 7, 2008 is my last day with Marriott. It’s been an amazing and a rewarding journey.

It’s been my profound delight and pleasure to work with you and for you.

Now, it’s off to my next great adventure…

So long for now…”

David Barwick
Gentleman Tree Farmer
The MaxieAna Preserve

Look for David to split his time between South Georgia and his family tree farms and his home with his family in Atlanta. No one will do it better then David…

Reading David’s announcement also had me thinking about my amazing journey with Marriott over the years…. The Today Show is showcasing 4 places on earth with Meredith, Matt, Al and Ann on the 4 corners of the world. Al is in Iceland and they showcased the Blue Lagoon! I was lucky enough to travel there on Marriott business and I too enjoyed the healing powers of soaking in the Blue Lagoons 100 degrees of geo thermal heat and minerals. Visit to see more of the details of this truly unique experience!!

I’m also going to follow David’s Lead and start using a new title when I close my letters and emails.. Thank you Katie McNulty for giving me this title! I can’t be a Gentlement Farmer but I can tell the world what I truly believe I’m doing on Tybee!

So, that’s it for right now!

Diane W. Kaufman
Passionate Steward of Tybee’s Quirky and Historic Cottages