The American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation (AHLA) and the American Lodge & Lodging Instructional Basis (AHLEF) honored the winners of the 2019 Stars of the Business Awards, which included high lodge staff within the hospitality and lodging trade for his or her excellent accomplishments, service, and management. The winners have been chosen from 320 nominations from all sectors of the trade and throughout the nation.
“The Stars of the Business awards showcase the wonderful and passionate men and women who make lodges really feel like dwelling and transfer our trade ahead. A lot of their work is behind the scenes, and it is a fantastic alternative to provide them the reward and recognition they deserve,” stated Chip Rogers, CEO and President of AHLA. “Tonight’s distinguished winners and finalists go above and past for his or her friends and our lodges due to their dedication and keenness to their work and our trade. We’re honored to be right here tonight to have fun the true trade stars who hold our trade sturdy.”
AHLA Vice Chair, Jon Bortz, Chairman, President & CEO, Pebblebrook Lodge Belief and AHLA Secretary/Treasurer Justin Knight, President & CEO, Apple Hospitality REIT hosted the award ceremony on the JW Marriott in Los Angeles as a part of the primary ever “Night time of a Thousand Stars” gala, the Basis’s premier fundraiser forward of the Americas Lodging Funding Summit (ALIS). The pair introduced the winners with their awards, alongside the brand new incoming AHLA Board Chair, Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO of Wyndham Resorts and Resorts and AHLA instant previous chair, Mark Provider, President of B.F. Saul Hospitality Group. Incoming AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers was additionally in attendance.
This 12 months’s Stars of the Business have been chosen by a panel of trade leaders.AHLA’s 2019 Stars of the Business winners are listed beneath:
NORTH STAR AWARD: LODGING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR:Lee Dratch, Night time Auditor, Columbus Airport Marriott, Columbus, Ohio – The North Star Award, probably the most prestigious award introduced at AHLA’s Stars of the Business ceremony, is given to a non-management stage affiliate who makes a major distinction day in and day trip within the hospitality enterprise. Over the previous eight years, Lee Dratch has gone above and past in his duties as a Night time Auditor for the Columbus Airport Marriott in Columbus. Lee’s contagious persona, dedication to his job, and reliability at Marriott is the explanation he’s thought of “a real rock star” by his friends.
NORTH STAR AWARD FINALISTSMaria Delgado, Room Attendant, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois – a North Star Award finalist, Maria Delgado has spent the previous 32 years taking nice pleasure in her work as a Room Attendant on the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. Maria’s dedication and keenness for the trade exhibits by her work and dedication to her job. Her management and outlook encourage others, which is the explanation her friends seek advice from as “the guts of Hyatt.”
Gloria Quintanilla, Laundry Attendant, DoubleTree by Hilton Lodge & Suites Houston by the Galleria, Houston, Texas – Over the previous ten years, Gloria Quintanilla, a Laundry Attendant on the DoubleTree by Hilton in Houston and North Star Award finalist, has been a devoted member of the lodge workforce. Throughout Hurricane Harvey, Gloria arrived to work regardless of a three-hour stroll within the rain by the flooded and devasted streets. She evokes these round her and is known as a “tremendous star” on the DoubleTree Hilton.
OUTSTANDING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR (SMALL PROPERTY):Matthew Parsons, Basic Supervisor, AC Lodge Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia – Matthew Parsons is the Basic Supervisor of the 16-room AC Lodge in Atlanta, coming into its second full 12 months of operation. Matthew was instrumental within the lodge’s opening course of, specializing in modern methods to generate buzz, and in flip obtained one of many highest scores for a pre-opening take a look at by Marriott. Due to Matthew’s management and success, the AC Lodge, now coming into its second full 12 months of operation, has the identical administration workforce from day one.
OUTSTANDING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR (LARGE PROPERTY):Steven Cunningham, Complicated Basic Supervisor, Wyndham Grand Lodge & Spa Galvez, Tremont Home & Harbor Home, Galveston, Texas- Steven Cunningham has been the Basic Supervisor of the Wyndham lodge in Galveston for the previous 9 years. Steven’s ardour for the trade and compassion for his workers is what units him aside. After Hurricane Harvey impacted the realm, Steven offered displaced staff and their households with housing, meals, assets on the lodge and even present playing cards to assist throughout the tough time.
PAVING THE WAY AWARD:Stacy Smith, Basic Supervisor, Hyatt Place Washington, DC/Nationwide Mall, Washington, DC – Over the previous 4 years as Basic Supervisor on the Hyatt Place Washington, DC/Nationwide Mall, Stacy Smith has proven distinctive management as a task mannequin on the lodge and inside her group. In 2015, Stacy began a program known as Metropolis Companion Pathways, now funded by the DC authorities, that gives deprived individuals with the chance for a life-long profession. On account of this system and Stacy’s mentorship, greater than two dozen 18-24-year-old younger adults have gotten coaching and a job on the lodge.
STEVAN PORTER EMERGING HOSPITALITY LEADER AWARD:Andrew Carroll, Grand Membership Concierge, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, Colorado – Andrew Carroll is a concierge on the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Andrew takes nice pleasure in his job, realizing that he’s making an trustworthy distinction in his friends’ lives. Andrew’s colleagues have stated that they’ve by no means come throughout somebody so devoted to customer support, and his friends agree: Over a one-year interval, greater than 55 visitor service surveys have talked about Andrew by title, citing particular examples of how Andrew goes above and past for his friends.

Concerning the American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation
Serving the hospitality trade for greater than a century, the American Lodge & Lodging Affiliation (AHLA) is the biggest nationwide affiliation solely representing all segments of the eight million jobs the U.S. lodging trade helps, together with lodge homeowners, REITs, chains, franchisees, administration corporations, unbiased properties, mattress and breakfasts, state lodge associations, and trade suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications assist, and academic assets for an trade that advances long-term profession alternatives for workers, invests in native communities throughout the nation and hosts a couple of billion friends” stays in American lodges yearly. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic lodge trade of greater than 54,000 properties that helps $1.1 trillion in U.S. gross sales and generates almost $170 billion in taxes to native, state and federal governments. Study extra at