Ernest J. Del Monte Sr., who passed away on April 21 and served as chairman of the board of E.J. Del Monte Corp., was named recipient of the 2012 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award by RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business.
He founded his company in 1953 and went on to establish Delcrete Building Systems, a division that manufactures hotels, hospitals and correctional facilities. But his name has been synonymous with hospitality excellence since 1974—when his business became a franchisee of Marriott International Inc.
The privately held company now employs more than 800 and has added 17 Marriott hotels to its portfolio to include Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott and Fairfield Inn by Marriott brands.
RIT’s Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award was created in 1984 and annually goes to a successful individual who developed a business that improved the Rochester economy or whose innovative management skills have changed the course of an existing business.