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Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) Names Golden Pineapple Award
Winners Recognizing Front Line Employees for Superior Guest Service

200 Employees Nominated, 9 Collegiate Scholarships Presented to Employee Family Members



ORLANDO, FL - January 28, 2013:
On Thursday evening, January 24th, at the DoubleTree By Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) hosted its annual Golden Pineapple Awards recognizing hospitality’s “front line” employees for their outstanding guest service. This awards dinner celebration honored Central Florida’s exemplary hospitality employees from 12 different categories:



Outstanding Back Office Employee of the Year
Lina Hariri, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
Outstanding Bell Person / Concierge Employee of the Year
Laird Edwards, The Peabody Orlando
Outstanding Community Service Employee of the Year
Melissa Brooks, Reunion Resort & Club, Wyndham Grand Resort
Outstanding Convention Center / Banquet Employee of the Year
Emila Cummings, Orlando World Center Marriott
Outstanding Culinary Employee of the Year
Tho Nguyen, The Peabody Orlando
Outstanding Engineering Employee of the Year
Jeff Forbes, Orange Lake Resort
Outstanding Food & Beverage Service Employee of the Year
Marcela Martineau, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Outstanding Front Office Employee of the Year
Brian Price, Nickelodeon Suites Resort
Outstanding Housekeeping Employee of the Year
Marie Eveillard, Marriott Village at Lake Buena Vista
Outstanding Laundry Employee of the Year
Silma Aquino, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Outstanding Recreational Employee of the Year
Norm Anthony, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Outstanding Security / Loss Prevention Employee of the Year
Martha Hopkins, Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown

Nearly 200 employees were nominated for awards, representing 45 Central Florida lodging properties. Prior to dinner, all nominees were invited to attend a special VIP Reception with City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Each nominee had the opportunity to meet Mayor Dyer, who also offered a toast at the beginning
of this dinner.

Additionally, CFHLA presented a total of 9 collegiate scholarships (totaling $9,000) to family members of hotel “front-line” employees.

For more information about CFHLA, please visit our website: www.cfhla.org

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) is the world’s largest regional hotel association, representing approximately 80% of the hotels in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.
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Contact:

Erin Hellkamp
CFHLA
Office (407) 313-5035
Cell (407) 432-3101
Email: publicpolicy@cfhla.org


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