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California Hotel & Lodging Association Names Kim Akers, GM, Glorietta Bay Inn
in Coronado, the Outstanding General Manager of the Year
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2006 -- The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced the Stars of the Industry award winners today in conjunction with the California Lodging Industry Legislative Awareness Summit held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, California. The Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, were given for employee, manager, and general manager of the year, as well as the lodging property achievement awards for community service and guest relations excellence. 

For Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year, the winners were 

  • Anita Reyes, Executive Housekeeper, Best Western Sutter House in Sacramento; 
  • Bogart Sanchez, Food Server, Historic Mission Inn in Riverside; 
  • Guillermo Martinez, Concierge Lounge Server, Holiday Inn Torrance; and 
  • Susie Becken, Executive Assistant, Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center. 
The Outstanding Manager of the Year was David Hernandez, Operations Manager, Embassy Suites Hotel, Buena Park and the Outstanding General Manager of the Year was Kim Akers, General Manager, Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado. 

Lodging property achievement awards for Customer Service were given to the Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado and the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, while the Glorietta Bay Inn won its third Stars of the Industry award in the Guest Relations category. 

The California Hotel & Lodging Association is very proud of these award winning members," said James O. Abrams, President & CEO of CH&LA. "Our hat is off to these employees and properties for their excellent and noteworthy contributions to the industry." 

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry trade association in the country. Its 1,600 members comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, consisting of hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, guest ranches, resorts, spas, condominium rentals, timeshares, and vacation home rentals located throughout California. CH&LA's mission is to be the indispensable resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry, for providing educational training and value programs for all segments of the industry, and for supporting strategic alliances to promote the value of California tourism and travel. Sacramento-based CH&LA has been representing California's lodging industry for more than a century. CH&LA is on the web at www.calodging.com.

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Contact:

The California Hotel & Lodging Association
Jim Abrams, 916-444-5780
jim@calodging.com

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Also See: American Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes Glorietta Bay Inn with Two Achievement Awards - Best Guest Relations in the U.S. and Best Community Service in the U.S. / May 2005
Michael K. Handlery the 18th Recipient of the California Hotel & Lodging Association Hall of Fame Award; Honored for Tireless Support of the Lodging Industry / February 2005


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