Wednesday, June 15, 2011 (Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania) – The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s General Manager, Rob Howell, chosen last year as Pennsylvania General Manager of the Year, has now been chosen as the 2011 United States General Manager of the Year by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA).
AH&LA chose to honor Mr. Howell with the prestigious United States
Manager of the Year award because of his innovative stewardship of the
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort and his role as a leader in the tourism
Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains.
owners of the resort, the Kirkwood Family, have allowed me a great deal
latitude to develop a plan for the resurgence of Shawnee and this has
a creative atmosphere that has revitalized our resort”, said
2007, the resort began what we now call Shawnee’s Renaissance. In
addition to continuing property renovations, Mr. Howell has introduced
environmental and conservation projects appropriate to the resort in
Northeast nestled along the Delaware River, only 73 miles from New York
Pocono Mountains is a resort destination with many mixed messages and a
base that may not realize the extent of its beautiful environment and
interesting history given its proximity to New York City.
Renaissance is an attempt to not only reinvent itself, but also help to
reposition the Pocono Mountains as an interesting “green” destination.
Howell’s vision transcends the traditional hospitality approach.
addition to advancing Shawnee’s guest service, Mr. Howell put a
emphasis on the outdoors and the breathtaking natural environment that
surrounds the resort. “Encouraging our guests to engage in an
that takes them into the outdoors is one of our focuses. Whether
want to hike or bike or spend time on the river we make it easy for
them to do
whatever it is they love or would like to try.” Shawnee’s rich
nurturing nature inspired Mr. Howell to completely embrace Shawnee’s
surroundings. From ensuring the historic grounds of the Shawnee
pristine to developing the 32,000 sq. ft. Great Shawna Island Farm and
the resort’s offerings have been revolutionized. Guests of
now experience the destination in a true holistic way.
staff has taken ownership of the resort’s vision – many of whom since
received regional honors for their outstanding guest service. “I
humbled by the magnitude of this honor and inspired by the cooperation
staff of our resort who continue to reimagine this destination”, said
Howell. In 2009, through Mr. Howell’s leadership,
staff members formed the Shawnee Green Team which maximizes Shawnee’s
expanding upon the resort’s environmental plan. Mr. Howell added
“The Commitment of our staff to our vision, our mission and green
truly inspirational. This award is for all of them and the
are taking Shawnee.”
Howell was honored as Pennsylvania’s 2009 General Manager of the Year
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association at their annual
He has been a part of the Shawnee family since 1994 and is deeply
the tourism industry here serving as a Board Member of the Pennsylvania
and Lodging Association.
more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Howell, please
Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator at: 570-424-4050 ext.
1409 or by
e-mail at: pr@ShawneeInn.com.
About The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, rich in breathtaking views, features 80
the historic Inn, 12 rooms in the Delaware Lodge, plus six suites and
cottages in Shawnee’s luxury accommodation, the Legacy Collection.
varieties of recreational facilities make it an ideal destination for
event. Choose from Shawnee’s 27-hole championship island golf course,
lessons at the Tillinghast Golf Academy, nine-hole lighted Tillinghast
Course, skiing at Shawnee Mountain, mountain biking, or hiking on the
Appalachian Mountain trails, canoeing, rafting, fishing, kayaking,
fitness room, tennis, professional theater, and Spa Shawnee and Salon.
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is conveniently located 70 miles from New
City, 100 miles from Philadelphia, 150 miles from Albany, N.Y. and 200
from Washington, D.C. Three airports – Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Newark International – all are within easy
of the property.