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Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
Recognizes Hotel Employees of the Year;
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Colin Findley Named Hotelier of the Year
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ORLANDO - Thursday, January 25, 2007, at the Wyndham Orlando, 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 140 nominations were received by CFHLA and each nominee was invited to attend an exclusive pre-dinner VIP reception featuring Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  Mayor Dyer greeted nominees and took individual photos with them during the reception. 

Following the reception, Mayor Dyer escorted the nominees down a "Red Carpet" into the ballroom.  Over 550 guests attending the dinner stood along the perimeter of the red carpet, and as if "paparazzi," applauded and took photos of the nominees as they walked into the ballroom. 

Mayor Dyer began the dinner program by reading the City of Orlando's Proclamation and offering a congratulatory champagne toast to all the evenings' nominated employees. 

"The CFHLA membership enjoys participating in this event. This evening offers the industry the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the
fine work of its exemplary employees. The program's family scholarship component further compliments the evening's celebrations," said CFHLA President Richard Maladecki.
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The 2006 CFHLA Hospitality "Best of the Best"
are as follows:
DAMARIS ALMONTE
 DoubleTree Guest Suites in the WDW Resort
 2006 Administrative Employee of the Year

 CLARKE ANDREAE
 Celebration Hotel
 2006 Bell Person/Concierge Employee of the Year

 MOLLY E. FORD
 Hard Rock Hotel(r) at Universal Orlando(r) Resort
 2006 Community Service Employee of the Year

 PAUL O'BRIEN
 Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort
 2006 Convention Center/Banquet Employee of the Year

 MANUELA CEDENO
 Orlando World Center Marriott
 2006 Culinary Employee of the Year

 SCOTT McDOWELL
 Orange Lake Resort and Country Club
 2006 Engineering Employee of the Year

 IVY BARNES
 Grand Bohemian Hotel - Orlando
 2006 Food & Beverage Service Employee of the Year

 KATHERINE MOORE
 International Plaza Resort & Spa
 2006 Front Office Employee of the Year

 EZEQUIEL (JIMMY) GONZALEZ
 Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
 2006 Housekeeping Employee of the Year

 EMILIA REYES
 Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort
 2006 Laundry Employee of the Year

 CHRISTIE SANBORN
 Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
 Recreational Employee of the Year

 CARLOS MIRANDA
 Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club
 2006 Security/Loss Prevention Employee of the Year

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Additionally, the following recipients earned other annual hospitality awards at the CFHLA Hospitality Gala of December 16th, 2006:

Colin Findley, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld International Center
2006 CFHLA Hotelier of the Year

Donna Stutts, President, VS Publishing Company
2006 CFHLA Allied Member of the Year

Dennis Ward, Chief Engineer, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
2006 CFHLA Engineer of the Year 

Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
2006 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award for Community Leadership


Hotelier of the Year
Colin Findley
Hilton Garden Inn
SeaWorld International Center
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Additionally, during the program, CFHLA presented nine $1,000 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship to students who are related to an employee of a CFHLA member hotel. 
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The 2006 CFHLA Family Member
Scholarship winners are:
ANGELA CHENG 
graduating from Dr. Phillips High School (daughter of Shirley Cheng of the Hilton in the WDW Resort)

STEVEN CONOLY 
attending Edward Waters College (son of Sharmaine Anderson of the Orlando World Center Marriott)

RANIEL DANTIC
attending Seminole Community College (step-son of John Kress of the Orlando World Center Marriott)

PREA PERSAUD 
attending Rollins College (daughter of Alan Persaud of the Sheraton Studio City)

VANESSA PINERA 
attending Seminole Community College (daughter of Lazaro Brito of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)
 

ERIKA RIVERA 
attending Valencia Community College (daughter of Julio Rivera of the Orlando World Center Marriott)

KALEIGH RUTLEDGE 
attending the University of Central Florida (daughter of Kitty Rutledge of the Gaylord Palms Resort)

GARMAN TSANG 
attending University of Florida (daughter of Ai Ching Luk of the Royal Pacific Resort, a Loews Hotel)

MELANIE VENANT 
attending the University of Central Florida (daughter of Melande Venant of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)

The new DHI/CFHLA $5,000 scholarship went to:
Yasmin Rodriguez 
attending Valencia Community College (daughter Janee Rodriguez of the Orlando Airport Marriott)

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Contact:

Belinda Ortiz, MPA
Director of Public Policy
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
7380 Sand Lake Road, Ste. 300
PH:  407-313-5035
publicpolicy@cfhla.org

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Also See: Dennis BeMent, GM of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Named Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association 2005 Hotelier of the Year / December 2005
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes the “Best of the Best” Hotel Employees of the Year / January 2006
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