The World Trade Center Atlanta (WTCA)’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, is open to the public this year and is to feature a presentation by Horst Schulze, president and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.

      “We had a great year and we want to celebrate with a festive event,” Randy Trombino, the WTCA’s general manager, told GlobalFax last week.

The WTCA is one of four clubs that the Buckhead-based Ritz-Carlton manages and is a model for the company’s campaign to extend its management services to other clubs and World Trade Centers throughout the country.

The other clubs that the Ritz-Carlton currently manages are the Vinings Club in Vinings, the River Club in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Algonquin Club in Boston.

      Mr. Schulze is to speak about the philosophy behind the management of the Ritz hotels, which earned the company for a second time last year the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  The Ritz first won the award that focuses on a company’s ability to provide superior service in 1992.

      According to Mr. Trombino, the WTCA currently is focused on developing its recently opened international services department and launching an educational foundation that will put on a variety of new programs.

      He suggested that potential members interested in learning more about these offerings attend the meeting that begins at 5:00 p.m. and includes a cocktail reception. Costs are $25 for current members and $35 for non-members.

      To make a reservation, call (404) 880-1550, send a fax to (404) 880-1555 or send an e-mail to