Hard to believe how quickly the time has passed. We're coming up on two years since the introduction of the Featured Insider. With a brand new selection just the other day, I began looking back over the history of the Featured Insider and the folks who have been highlighted over the past two years.
Those who have joined Marriott Rewards Insiders recently may not know that before the Featured Insider there used to be an "Insider of the Month". Many of the the longtime contributors we all know were selected. Beginning in early 2014, the Insider of the Month was replaced by the Featured Insider, complete with a short bio and picture right on the welcome page. How do I know? I was the first one subjected to such ridicule honored in this way. Interestingly, the official announcement showed up the day after my mugshot picture appeared online.
So over the last 2 years, here are the folks who have been named Featured Insiders along with a link to the announcement/post when the change happened (in the early days, there was not always an official announcement, we just discovered the change when logging in). It's still a relatively small group, but it's nice that every couple of months, we get a new victim recruit.
and of course our newest Featured Insider
These are just a few of the folks that make Marriott Rewards Insiders a special place. I'd love to include all the people who were named "Insider of the Month" before that title was retired. You'd see a lot of familiar names on that list. If you're curious, do a search of the site.
In any case, congratulations to all who have been featured over the last couple years. It will be fun to see how the list grows. Brightlybob, it might be time for a bigger clubhouse.
I would have loved to look back at the "Insiders of the Month," I just ran out of time/space, so I focused solely on the Featured Insiders. Putting together a list of Insiders of the month would be a worthy research project. Thinking about just a few of names I know are on the list, it might now better be called the "Insiders Hall of Fame."
I highly encourage anyone who joined Insiders in the last couple years to search the site for "Insider of the Month." It's truly a Who's Who of MRI. I applaud and celebrate each and every person on that list. Great folks, one and all.
That is an impressive list with some wonderful names on there. Hard shoes to fill I think! I am still surprised and grateful.
A picture at the tipple is a great idea.
Looks like I need to update this topic. Since March, we've added two new Featured Insiders.
So rather than modify the original post, here is an addendum
Glad to have you as part of the club. When you add all the folks who were named "insider of the Month" before the Featured Insider began, it begins to look like a Who's Who of MRI.
I'd like to nominate SeaTexan as the first member of the Soon-to-be-announced Hall of Fame
Anyone wanna second or propose anything else? Thanks to all of the Featured Insider's - you've all worn your celebrity well and not let it go to your head (or to the dogs in some cases)