United Way of the Piedmont recognizes OTO Development’s giving efforts

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Corporate employees of Spartanburg-based OTO Development pose with their Circle of Excellence award from the United Way of the Piedmont.

OTO Development has earned two awards recognizing the generosity of its employees from the United Way of the Piedmont (UWP).

In a statement, OTO, a Johnson Management company based in downtown Spartanburg, said it received the UWP’s Employee Giving and Circle of Excellence honors during the nonprofit’s annual meeting held June 26 at the Chapman Cultural Center.

“OTO Development believes in the United Way of the Piedmont’s mission to connect, engage, and inspire people to transform our community,” said Suzanne McClendon, compliance manager for people services and culture for OTO, in a statement. “We’ve seen United Way’s investment in proven programs — education, financial stability, and health — positively impact the most critical needs in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.”

The company said the criteria for UWP’s Circle of Excellence award includes at least 70 percent employee participation with $100 per capita giving, as well as 70 percent employee giving to the Community Impact Fund and Priority Areas.

OTO said the Employee Giving award recognizes the company in each category with the greatest increase in support.

The company said its corporate office, which employs 70 people, increased giving by 31.5 percent this year. UWP said that was the highest increase of any local organization.

OTO said it provided a tiered-level incentives program to encourage employees to participate.

“OTO Development is an invaluable partner to the work of United Way of the Piedmont,” said Monica Greene, vice president of resource development for UWP, in a statement. “The company’s commitment to this community is evident through their employees’ tremendous generosity.”

McClendon said the hotel development company was proud to be recognized by UWP, and honored to support the community where its “employees work, volunteer, and raise their families.”

“OTO Development encourages all of its hotel properties across the country to participate in and support their local charities,” she said.

According to UWP’s website, the organization provides funding to 132 programs and 75 agencies to address needs in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties.

Founded in Spartanburg in 2004, OTO has developed more than 60 hotels across the country. Its portfolio of managed hotel properties includes more than 8,550 rooms.

The company is a development partner of the Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott hotel brands.

OTO’s growth strategy is focused on new development in urban areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Manhattan, and Washington D.C.

The company said it also places emphasis on adding new management contracts with clients, ranging from publicly traded real estate investment trusts to private equity firms and high net worth individuals.

OTO, in partnership with Spartanburg’s Johnson family, is expected to open South Carolina’s first Marriott premium brand AC Hotel in downtown Spartanburg this fall.

The $20 million, 10-story, 114-room hotel will be situated at 225 W. Main St. across from RJ Rockers Brewing Co.

When complete, the hotel will feature the rooftop indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar Level 10 from Greenville’s Rick Erwin Dining Group, an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and other amenities.

It will showcase artwork from The Johnson Collection’s Black Mountain College portfolio, and three of its meeting rooms, which offer a combined 2,662 square feet of meeting space, will be named after four of the college’s most prominent figures.

For more information, visit: www.otodevelopment.com.

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