News for the Hospitality Executive
Atlanta, Georgia, June 15, 2011—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has announced this year’s winners of its awards for champions of hospitality training and education. The following people were honored at the AH&LA Summer Summit during the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15.
Lodging industry consultant Joseph R. Kane Jr., CHA, retired group president of Wyndham Hotel Group and president/CEO of Days Inns Worldwide is the 2011 recipient of the Arthur Landstreet Award. Named after the Tennessee hotelier who founded the Educational Institute, the Arthur Landstreet award is presented to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the quality of education and training in the hospitality industry.
Abraham Pizam, Ph.D., dean and Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management in the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, is the 2011 recipient of the Anthony G. Marshall Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant long-term contributions to the hospitality industry in educating future leaders.
AHLEI presented four Lamp of Knowledge Awards this year. These awards are given to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism and education in the hospitality industry. This year’s honorees are:
Outstanding Educator (International): Daniel Choi, Programme-in-Charge at the School of Continuing and Professional Education at the City University of Hong Kong.
Outstanding Educator (U.S.): Craig Huish, program coordinator for the Hospitality Management Department at Utah Valley University.
Outstanding Educator (High School): Patricia Gregory, Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Beach, Florida
Outstanding Student (Distance Learning): Karl Waitner, food and beverage supervisor, Little River Casino and Resort, Manistee, Michigan.
“Today, we honor a select group of hospitality educators and professionals whose actions inspire and encourage our future hospitality leaders,” said Robert L. Steele III, CHA, president and COO of AHLEI, during the awards ceremony. “These are the people we remember long after the textbooks are put away and the business cards reflect a new title. These are the champions of education.”
NOTE: Individual releases on each of the individuals named above are available upon request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-318-2359.
About American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institution
Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to support AH&LA by becoming the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries both domestically and internationally by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals.
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