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 Corporate Housing Providers Association Announces
2006 Tower of Excellence Award Winners; 
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Shamrock Corporate Housing Named "Company of the Year"
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Newport Beach, CA, February 14, 2006 -- The Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), an international organization representing corporate housing companies around the globe, presented their fifth annual Tower of Excellence awards at their annual conference in Newport Beach on February 9, 2006.  

CHPA is the only trade association dedicated to the corporate housing industry. As the industry continually evolves, members gain insight and resources on how to stay competitive through their involvement with the Association. As the voice of the corporate housing industry, CHPA offers networking, educational and informational opportunities to corporate housing providers around the world. Recently, CHPA recognized five corporate housing companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry.

The Tower of Excellence Company of the Year honor is awarded to the company that excels in the furnished housing business, demonstrates outstanding financial results and guest service standards, and makes significant contributions to the corporate apartment industry in the national, regional and local areas.  Shamrock Corporate Housing received this honor.  Shamrock Corporate Housing was established in Miami, Florida in 1995 with the construction of Shamrock’s first location in Kendall (Miami).  The opening of this property began a new concept in corporate housing - that of building luxury properties, fully furnished with top-of-the-line amenities - for the primary purpose of corporate housing.  Shamrock’s innovative approach to corporate housing resonates in all that they do.  Whether they are building premier new locations, serving their multi-national guests in five languages, or developing the best service staff in the industry, Shamrock is taking corporate housing to a new level.  For additional information, please visit www.shamrockcorporatehousing.com. 

The Tower of Excellence Most Creative Marketing recognizes an outstanding marketing program or concept in 2005 that measurably impacted corporate housing.  BridgeStreet Worlwide was honored with this award.  Enhancing marketing efforts through the calculated use and offering of relevant technology led to successful brand building and effective customer capture/service throughout 2005 for BridgeStreet Worldwide. Their understanding of the critical link between marketing and Internet technology has advanced several of their business goals this year. The development and utilization of the latest technology enhanced customer relationships and produced positive financial results.  BridgeStreet Worldwide made every marketing dollar count in 2005 by channeling marketing initiatives toward clear, targeted online communications and technology innovation.  For more information, please visit www.bridgestreet.com.  

The Associate Partner Member of the Year award recognizes an outstanding associate member company who has shown commitment and excellence in the corporate housing business as a partner to providers and to CHPA.  CHS  received this award.  Corporate Housing Strategies works with providers of all sizes to help them achieve new levels of sales success in the local, regional, and national marketplaces.  Training is offered for individuals and teams, both in-person and via telephone.  Elaine Quiroz established Corporate Housing Strategies in 1996 as the industry’s first resource for dedicated training and development, as well as consulting work.  One of the primary goals for CHS training is giving clients an in-depth knowledge of the corporate housing industry.  Her clients learn to recognize and develop their own strengths as they learn about the various providers and competitors in their respective marketplace.  For more information, please contact Elaine Quiroz at Elaine@CHStrategies.com.  

The Individual Provider Member of the Year award recognizes an outstanding employee, executive or owner who has demonstrated commitment and excellence within their company and the corporate housing industry as a whole.  This award was given to Lee Curtis with BridgeStreet Worldwide.  As President of BridgeStreet Worldwide, Lee has been the driving force behind the growth and innovation of their organization. With his fortitude and vision, BridgeStreet leads the charge for making corporate housing easy for guests and clients.  Lee has been a vital member of the CHPA since 1998 providing leadership and insight while serving as a member of the Board since 2003.  He continues to foster BridgeStreet Worldwide’s solid volunteer commitment to CHPA, which has benefited both CHPA and the industry over the years, and is currently serving as the Association’s Vice President.  For more information, please visit www.bridgestreet.com. 

The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an outstanding provider or associate member who lends themselves to service in the corporate housing industry and/or CHPA.  This individual shows a strong commitment to CHPA, performing at their highest level during countless hours of volunteer services.  Marelyn Krueger, the 2006 CHPA Conference Committee Chair, of Instant Furniture Rental was honored with this award.  Marelyn was the 2006 CHPA Conference Committee Chair.  She is a former Board member and past and future Conference Committee Chair.  Her long-term commitment, planning and dedication helps establish consistency for CHPA’s networking industry event and brought members the best conference yet.   For more information, visit www.instantfurniture.com. 

For more information on the Corporate Housing Providers Association and the corporate housing industry, please contact Tracy Hayes, President of CHPA at (512) 837-3028.

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Contact:

Mary Ann Passi, CAE, Executive Director
Corporate Housing Providers Association
317-328-4631    www.chpaonline.org 

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Also See: BridgeStreet Rrethinking and Reshaping the Way Corporate Housing Does Business / August 2004
BridgeStreet Corporate Housing Names Lee Curtis President; Thomas Vincent to Retire / Aug 2003


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