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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