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 Pedro Mandoki Presented with the American Hotel &
Lodging Association Lawson A. Odde Award


 
Phoenix, June 16, 2010 – Pedro Mandoki, CHA, was presented with the prestigious American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Lawson A. Odde Award during the board of directors meeting taking place at the AH&LA Summer Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.  
 
This distinguished award is named after Lawson A. Odde, the second executive vice president of AH&LA, who was responsible for the modernization of membership expansion and financial operations. The Odde Award is given annually to a member of the AH&LA board of directors and is chosen by a vote of past Odde Award winners.
 
Mandoki is president and CEO of Mandoki Hospitality, Inc. and is responsible for the company's overall operations.  In his 45 years in the industry, he held positions at various hotel properties and management companies.
 
In addition to serving as 2005 AH&LA chair, Mandoki is active with travel and tourism and civic organizations in Alabama and Florida.  He has served in many volunteer capacities, including president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.  He was founding chair of the Alabama Gulf Cost Convention and Visitors Bureau and served in that capacity for five years and is still active on its board of directors.  He is active in the Kiwanis Club, the American Heart Association, and serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. 
 
He has been recognized for his dedication and service to the industry with many prestigious awards including "Hotelier of the Year" by Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, "Outstanding Civic Leader" by Panama City Beach Rotary Club, the "1999 Alabama Tourism Award" by Alabama Hospitality Association, and "2000 AH&LA Most Valuable Volunteer" on behalf of the Alabama Hotel & Lodging Association.   A native of Budapest, he received the National Immigration Forum’s Thomas Carvel Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in May 2005.  In 2008, he received the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s Arthur Landstreet Award, its highest honor.
 
“Pedro has been an active and long-time supporter of AH&LA, bringing a wealth of valuable knowledge and experience to the association and our executive board,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA.  “We are proud to honor him with this award reserved for the best of the best in the association’s leadership ranks.”
 
For more information on AH&LA’s awards programs and board activities, please see www.ahla.com. 
 
Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.
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Contact: 

Kathryn Potter
(kpotter@ahla.com)

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Also See: Don Johnson, Co-founder of Vagabond Franchise System, Recipient of the Lawson A. Odde Award / February 2009
Greg Bryan, GM of the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan, Arizona, Receives the 2009 AH&LA Lawson A. Odde Award / June 2009
Ten Hotels Recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association for Innovative Community Service, Eco-Friendly, and Diversity Programs / June 2008
Ten Industry Employees Receive the American Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Award / April 2001
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