Central Florida’s Outstanding Hospitality Employees Honored at Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association's 2010 Golden Pineapple Awards

  • Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
  • 02.01.11
On Thursday evening, January 27th, at the DoubleTree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Orlando, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) hosted its annual Golden Pineapple Awards recognizing hospitality’s front line employees for their superior service.

This Academy Awards-style celebration and dinner honored the finest members of the hospitality industry, recognizing the crème de la crème employees from 13 different categories:

  • Outstanding Administrative Employee of the Year: Jenny Commons, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
  • Outstanding Bell Person/Concierge Employee of the Year: Steven Ballot, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
  • Outstanding Community Service Employee of the Year: Miriam Ayala, The Peabody Orlando
  • Outstanding Convention Center/Banquet Employee of the Year: Jairo Lopez, Hilton Orlando
  • Outstanding Culinary Employee of the Year: Edgardo Baytan, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa/Embassy Suites - Lake Buena Vista
  • Outstanding Engineering Employee of the Year: Michael Grace, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Outstanding Food & Beverage Service Employee of the Year: Pollyanna Pizarro, Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration
  • Outstanding Front Office Employee of the Year: Lauren Elder, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  • Outstanding Housekeeping Employee of the Year: Amy Huang, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
  • Outstanding Laundry Employee of the Year: Arisner Agenor, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
  • Outstanding Recreation Employee of the Year (Pool/Children’s Program/Spa/Golf): Shawn Coughlin, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin
  • Outstanding Security / Loss Prevention Employee of the Year: Debbie Maye, Villas of Grand Cypress
    Student Intern: Monica Shaw, Sheraton Vistana Resort
Over 180 employees were nominated for awards, representing 40 central Florida lodging properties.  Prior to dinner, all nominees were invited to attend a special VIP reception with City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Each nominee had the opportunity to meet and be photographed with Mayor Dyer, who also offered a toast at the beginning of this dinner.

Additionally, CFHLA presented a total of nine collegiate scholarships (totaling $9,000) to family members of hotel employees.
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is one of the world’s largest regional hotel associations, representing approximately 80 percent of the hotels in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties and over 117,000 of their employees.

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