Member News – March 5, 2013

The "Stars of the Industry" shone brightly at the annual awards luncheon, held at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on February 27th. Following the delicious lunch, nominees were recognized in a variety of categories: Administrative, Bellman, Food and Beverage Employee, Guest Service Agent, Maintenance/Engineering, Room keeper, Sales and Marketing, Security Officer, Allied Member, Manager/Supervisor, Hotelier, (one for both full service and limited service properties) and the Stevan Porter Emerging Leader Award. Theresa Keysar with Warfield and Sanford Elevator, and Bob Allen, General Manager of the Renaissance Baltimore Hotel, did a terrific job as Co-chairs and emcees for the event. Watch out Pat and Vanna! Property awards were also given to hotels for outstanding achievements for: Community Service, Guest Relations, Special Event, Good Earthkeeping, and the Prism Award for Diversity. Prior to the awards luncheon, our Allied members took the opportunity to showcase their services and products in the annual trade show. Many thanks to all of our members, whose participation and efforts make this luncheon a heartwarming event each and every year. Congratulations to all of our "Stars of the Industry", those who were nominated, and those who shine every day, when no one is watching. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 24TH ANNUAL STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS Community Service -- Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina Guest Relations -- The Hotel at Arundel Preserve Good Earth Keeping -- Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina Special Event of the Year - Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center PRISM Award for Advancing Diversity -- Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina Manager/Supervisor of the Year - Ihab Kherati, Loew's Annapolis Hotel Allied Member of the Year - Harwinder Singh,Yellow Cab and Veolia Transportation Hotelier of the Year (Full Service Hotel) - Dennis Dietz, Days Inn Inner Harbor Hotelier of the Year (Select Service Hotel) - Yolanda Gainey, Hampton Inn Frederick Administrative Employee of the Year - Shirley Nelson,Bethesda Marriott Food and Beverage Employee of the Year - Hakim EnnaBoulssi, Hyatt Regency Bethesda Guest Services Agent of the Year - Dennis Campbell, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Maintenance/Engineering Employee of the Year - Temegsen Tessema, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Room Keeper of the Year - Gary Willey, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina Bellman of the Year - Leroy Jackson, Hyatt Regency Bethesda Sales/Marketing Employee of the Year - Christine Cecil, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Security Officer of the Year - Mary Lambert, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Stevan Porter Emerging Leader Award - Rebecca Lewandowski, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center THANK YOU TO STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD SPONSORS A 1 Flood Tech Caplan Glass Edwards and Hill Office Furniture First Finish Heartland Payment Systems Keany Produce PPL EnergyPlus Progressive Waste Solutions Unlimited Restoration Veolia Transportation (Yellow Cab) Western Pest Warfield & Sanford Elevator Company THANK YOU TO MH&LA ANNUAL PARTNERS American Pest Heartland Payment Systems KRR Photography Metromedia Energy Project Development Services Inc Unlimited Restoration Inc. ONE HEARING HELD AND ONE SCHEDULED ON POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL OPENING BILLS A House Committee hearing was held last week on HB1069 which prohibits public schools from opening prior to the day after Labor Day. A Senate Committee hearing is set for March 14 on SB 963 which establishes a Task Force to study a post Labor Day start date for Maryland public schools. REMINDER -- THE MH&LA OFFICE IS MOVING Effective Monday, March 11, 2013 the MH&LA office will be located at 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400, Annapolis, MD 21401. We expect the current phone number and fax number will remain the same and will confirm as soon as possible.

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