by the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston
|January 2007 - The Greater Houston hospitality industry celebrated
its own when two cornerstones of the hospitality industry hosted an evening
at the Hilton Americas Houston that recognized and awarded some of the
most outstanding men and women in its ranks.
The University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and The Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston (HLAGH) continued a partnership that dates back thirty-five years by hosting the second annual Hospitality on Parade Awards Banquet and Dance. The event recognized men and women whose day-to-day contributions give hospitality its meaning as well as a special Lifetime Achievement Awards.
For its awards, the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston recognized five men and women for special awards of excellence as well as a former Houstonian who has gone on to make his mark in the international hotel and lodging industry.
Wolf Hengst, president, worldwide hotel operations for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, was presented with the Hotel Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to an individual who has made contributions of outstanding significance to the Houston hospitality industry. Mr. Hengst was regional vice president/general manager in 1981 when he opened the Four Seasons in Houston. With his activism and generosity, he helped redefine the role hotel general managers hold as community partners. He was promoted again in 1987 to vice president in charge of Eastern North America, Mexico and Europe, eventually leaving Houston in 1992 to move to Hong Kong.
Five additional awards were given to outstanding men and women employed in the Houston area hotel industry. These candidates were nominated by their peers and employers, and winners were chosen by a panel of industry leaders outside Southeast Texas.
Awards of Excellence winners from the HLAGH included Thai Souan, a uniform attendant/seamstress at the Hyatt Regency Houston for Operations; Wanda Mattoon, front desk service representative at LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Park 10 for Guest Services; Robert Covalt, banquet captain at The Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks, for Food & Beverage; the staff of The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa for Community Service; and to Sara McPhillips, director of convention services for the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Center, for the Houston Spirit Award.
The Conrad N. Hilton College of Restaurant and Hotel Management at the University of Houston presented four special awards plus a Lifetime Achievement Award to Nick Massad, Jr. Receiving the Founding Dean's Award was Mark Hamilton, a 1991 graduate and now Director of Property Management Systems for Aloha Technologies/Radiant Systems Hospitality Division; the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Cathy Alford, a 1989 graduate who is now Assistant General Manager at South Shore Harbour Resort; the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award to Erin Oeser, a 1998 graduate and currently a teacher at the College; and the Distinguished Honorary Alumnus to Susan Sheridan, owner of Taughannock Farms Inn.
Industry representatives from throughout the Greater Houston area and the State were on hand for the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the special black-tie optional event will benefit programs and services of the HLAGH and the Hilton College Alumni Board Endowed Scholarship. A newly-created scholarship will be awarded to students interested in pursuing studies in the hospitality industry.
Recognized internationally for its preeminence in the hospitality industry, the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management meets the high demand for education in management, leadership and the numerous disciplines of the complex hospitality industry.
The HLAGH represents the hotel industry that provides over 25,000 jobs in the city and is responsible for an economic impact of $9.8 billion in revenues. The Association strongly believes in supporting the community through outreach events such as Star of Hope Food Drive and Bike Building Event as well as works to educate future hospitality employees through its scholarship programs and mentoring activities including Camp Hospitality for HISD students.
More than 500 people attended the event - considered a sell-out. Co-chairs were Doug Horn and Jon Schultz.
|Also See:||Kathleen Taylor Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Four Seasons Hotels Inc., Replacing the Retiring Wolf Hengst / July 2006|
|Houston Hotelier Nick Massad Jr., Presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College Alumni Association and the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston / January 2007|