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The Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston Selects Nominees
For Annual Excellence in the Hospitality Industry Awards

HOUSTON, Oct. 11, 2007 - In a service business used to serving others, hotels and lodging facilities across the Greater Houston area will be coming together November 2 to serve its own when it pays tribute to the leading men and women in its ranks. 

It's the third annual Hospitality on Parade Gala, sponsored by the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston and the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

Numerous awards will be announced during the entertaining evening, including five by The Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston. Nominees for those awards were announced this week: 

Guest Services Award Nominees - Awarded to one person from the Front Office, Concierge, Bell Service or Reservations who continually goes far beyond expectations in providing for hotel guests.

Scott Dukes, Four Seasons Hotel Houston 
Hector Longoria, Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel 
Al Romero, Hotel ICON 
Daniel Vejil, Marriott Houston Westchase 
Michelle Wright, JW Marriott 
Food & Beverage Award Nominees - Awarded to one person from Food & Beverage, including Kitchen, Restaurant, Room Service, Convention Services and Banquets, for outstanding job service.
Ranulfo Cepeda, Omni Houston Galleria 
Hazira Demirovic, Four Seasons Hotel Houston 
Flor Smiley, Hyatt Regency Houston 
Harry Spitzer, St. Regis Hotel 
Alice Turner, Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks 
Operations Award Nominees - Awarded to one person from Housekeeping, Engineering, Security/Loss Prevention, Human Resources, Sales, Administration or Accounting whose job dedication is particularly meritorious.
Neria Alvarez, Hilton Americas ~ Houston 
Guillermo Flores, Hilton Houston Plaza 
Lia Inez Presta, Omni Houston Galleria 
John Rosaldo, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 
Donell Tatmon, Alden Houston 
Community Service Award Nominees - Awarded to a hotel, business or individual for charitable acts which have left a profound and recognizable mark on the community.
Jane Herring, Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks 
Diann Mitchell, Omni Houston Westside 
CARE Committee, Doubletree Guest Suites 
CARE Committee, Doubletree Houston Downtown 
All the Team Members, Hilton Americas ~ Houston 
Houston Spirit Award Nominees - This award is given to an individual or organization for outstanding efforts at promoting Houston as a destination or enhancing Houston ís attractions. 
Paul David Van Atta, Hilton Americas Houston 
All the Team Members, Omni Houston Westside 
Chairing the black-tie event for the third year will be Doug Horn, Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau as well as a lifetime member of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston.
         
The awards gala will be held at the Hilton Americas Hotel beginning at 6 p.m. There will be dinner, an awards ceremony and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person or $1000 for a table of ten.
         
The University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and The Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston (HLAGH) continue a partnership that dates back thirty-six years by hosting the annual Hospitality on Parade Awards Banquet and Dance. The event will recognize 10 men and women whose day-to-day contributions give hospitality its meaning as well as special faculty and alumni who have contributed so much to the industry's future.  A special recognition this year will be given to the person who has been a part of the local industry the longest.
         
Candidates for the awards are nominated by their peers and employers, and winners are chosen by a panel of industry leaders outside Southeast Texas. 

Click here to register.

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Contact:

Stephanie Haynes
Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston
(713) 437-5230
www.houstonhotels.org

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Also See: Wolf Hengst Presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston / January 2007
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