“Best of the Best” Hotel Employees of the Year
|ORLANDO - Thursday, January 26, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress,
the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its annual Employee
Recognition Awards celebration. This “Academy Awards” style dinner
recognized hotel employees of the year, in 12 different categories (Administrative,
Bell Person/Concierge, Community Services, Convention Center/Banquet, Culinary,
Engineering, Food & Beverage, Front Office, Housekeeping, Laundry,
Recreational, and Security).
Over 150 nominations were received by CFHLA and each nominee was invited to attend an exclusive pre-dinner VIP reception featuring Orange County Mayor and Mrs. Richard T. Crotty. Mayor Crotty and his wife Pam, greeted nominees and took individual photos with them.
Following the reception, Mayor Crotty escorted the nominees down a “Red Carpet” into the ballroom. Over 350 guests attending the dinner stood along the perimeter of the red carpet, applauding and taking photos of the nominees as they walked into the ballroom.
The dinner program began with Mayor Crotty reading the Orange County Proclamation and presenting a congratulatory toast to all the employees.
Additionally, during the program, CFHLA offered $1,000 scholarships
to five students, who are related to an employee of a CFHLA member hotel.
The 2005 CFHLA Family Member Scholarship winners are: Francisco Cruz who
attends the International Academy of Design and Technology (son of Irma
Gonzalez of the Orlando World Center Marriott); Andrea Green who attends
Valencia Community College (daughter of Joanna Randolph of the Hyatt Regency
Grand Cypress); Jennifer Miller who attends the University of Central Florida
(niece of David Scarnato of the Sheraton Safari Hotel); Erika Rivera who
attends Valencia Community College (daughter of Julio Rivera of the Orlando
World Center Marriott); and Amy Sierra who attends Lake Sumter Community
College (daughter of Terri Bolin of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress).
Additionally, the following recipients earned other annual hospitality awards at the CFHLA Hospitality Gala of December 17th, 2005:
Dennis BeMent, General Manager, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort.
2005 Hotelier of the Year
Dennis BeMent (center)
Holiday Inn SunSpree
The Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association is one of Central Florida's largest and most influential trade groups. Its membership includes over 70% of the more than 114,000 hotel rooms in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, as well as hundreds of organizations that do business with the hospitality and tourism industries.
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
|Also See:||Dennis BeMent, GM of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Named Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association 2005 Hotelier of the Year / December 2005|
|Gaylord Palms Resort General Manager John Caparella Named 'Outstanding GM of the Year' by American Hotel & Lodging Association / May 2005|