AH&LA Honors Outstanding Hotel Employees with Annual Stars of the Industry Awards

  • AH&LA
  • 06.16.11
At the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon, hotel employees were honored for their exceptional accomplishments, service and leadership in the lodging industry.

The awards, held at the association’s Summer Summit, were presented to outstanding lodging employees, managers and general managers in three property size categories, as well as to the winner of the Women in Lodging Connect Leader of the Year Award and the Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year Award. 

Award winners included:

  • Lodging Employee of the Year, Small Property: Joshua Cole, maintenance at the Northwest Inn in Woodward, Okla.
  • Lodging Employee of the Year, Medium Property: Bessie Green, lead concierge at the Hilton Inn at Penn in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Lodging Employee of the Year, Large Property: Nancy Gorospe, fountain dispenser at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Manager of the Year, Small Property: Jill Clark, resort manager at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Ariz. 
  • Manager of the Year, Medium Property: Greg Hanss, director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
  • Manager of the Year, Large Property:  Brian Hunnings, director of food and beverage at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Jacques Paul, assistant executive housekeeper at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conventions Center in Kissimmee, Fla.
  • General Manager of the Year, Small Property: Kanta Kondur, general manager of the Best Western Evans Hotel in Grovetown, Ga.  
  • General Manager of the Year, Medium Property: Robert Howell, general manager of The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee in Delaware, Pa.   
  • General Manager of the Year, Large Property: Terri Haack, executive vice president/managing director at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.  
  • Women in Lodging Connect Leader of the Year: Stefani Raggio, senior regional director of people and culture, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants of Washington, D.C. 
  • Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader: Tristen Bowen, assistant manager in Horticulture at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. 

Many of AH&LA’s partner state associations choose their own employee award winners, which are submitted to the association for national judging. For more information on AH&LA’s Stars of the Industry Awards program and a complete list of employee and property winners, please visit www.ahla.com/stars.  




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