Maryland Lodging Employees and Properties Recognized for Excellence

Stars of the Industry Awards78 individuals and 14 hotels were honored as nominees at the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) 28th Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on February 7, 2017.

Click here to view the Nominee Slide Show displaying all individuals selected as nominees, or click here to view the photo gallery for the event.

Winners were announced in fourteen (14) different categories and presented with a plaque at the luncheon. MHLA winners who are eligible for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s awards program will be submitted as our state nominees at the national level. AH&LA winners will be recognized on May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to the 2017 MHLA Stars of the Industry winners listed below.

LODGING EMPLOYEE AWARD WINNERS

General Manager of the Year (Div. 1)
Pete Mangione, Turf Valley Resort

General Manager of the Year (Div. 2)
Dhaval Brahmbhatt, DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis/Spire Hospitality

Manager of the Year (Div. 1)
Sue Carson, The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Manager of the Year (Div. 2)
Cory Johnson, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Room Keeper of the Year (Div. 1)
Anna Martinez, Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

Room Keeper of the Year (Div. 2 )
Wilma Yeatman, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

Support Department Employee of the Year (Div. 1)
Marlon Usher, Travelodge Hotel Aberdeen

Support Department Employee of the Year (Div. 2)
Ivy Bondoc, College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Guest Services Employee of the Year (Div. 1)
Tricia Decker, Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

Guest Services Employee of the Year (Div. 2)
Mauricio Ticas, Holiday Inn Gaithersburg/BF Saul Hospitality Group

Administrative Employee of the Year (Div. 1)
Gail Sinkovic, Loews Annapolis Hotel

Administrative Employee of the Year (Div. 2)
Nicole Thornton, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year (Div. 1)
Robert Chaney, Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year (Div. 2)
Francisco Ramirez, DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis/Spire Hospitality

Stevan Porter Emerging Leader (Div. 1)
Mathew Fields, Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

Stevan Porter Emerging Leader (Div. 2)
Morgan Simonet, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

PROPERTY/COMPANY AWARD WINNERS

Community Service
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

Good Earth Keeping
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lexington Park

Prism Award (Diversity)
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

Special Event
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Guest Relations
Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

Allied Member of the Year
Denise Ware, Prince George’s Community College–Hospitality Program

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