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John J. Russell Jr. the 2004 Recipient of the Educational Institute's 2004 Arthur Landstreet Award
ORLANDO, Fla., April 2004 - The Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association has announced this year's winners of its awards for champions of hospitality training and education. The following people and properties were honored during the Las Vegas International Hotel & Restaurant Show, during ceremonies on Wednesday, April 14.
John J. Russell Jr., CHME, is the 2004 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. 
Russell, the CEO of Hospitality Artists, LLC, and a past chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, has given countless house to advance the professionalism of the hospitality industry.  Since beginning his hotel career in 1974, he has served as chairman and CEO of Cendant's Hotel Division, vice chairman of Cendant's Travel Division, and president of Days Inn.  He served two terms as president of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and is a member of the HSMAI hall of fame. Russell is also a partner in the firm of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown, and Russell. 
EI presented five Lamp of Knowledge Awards this year. These awards are given to individuals and companies who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism in the hospitality industry.  This year's honorees are: 
  • Outstanding Educator (International): Hussein Badran, advisor, Human Resources Development & Training & Studies, Executive Director of Egypt Tourism Workforce Development Program, Egyptian Tourism Federation.
  • Outstanding Educator (Domestic): Nicholas J. Hadgis, Dean, School of Hospitality Management, Widener University, Chester, Pa. 
  • Outstanding Educator (High School): Karin Erickson, Lodging Management Program Instructor, Area Technical Trade Center, North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Outstanding Trainer: Steve Outwater, Vice President, Educational Development and Training, Carlson hotels Worldwide, Minnetonka, Minn. 
  • Outstanding Student: Nikhil Sindhu, India. 
The Educational Institute also awarded Performance Plus Gold Pineapple Awards to two properties that have raised their performance standards and demonstrated excellence in training and guest satisfaction using the Performance Plus Training and Development System.  Winning properties are: 
  • Naval Support Activity News Orleans CBH, New Orleans, La., LCDR Michael Kelly, General Manager
  • Navy Lodge-North Island, San Diego, Cal., Shelly Burke, General Manager
The Performance Plus Meritorious Achievement Award was presented to Fort Rucker Army Lodging, Fort Rucker, Ala.  Wayne F. Lesperance, Lodging General Manager, accepted the award, which is given to properties that has successfully used the Performance Plus program for at least six years and have previously achieved the Gold Award. 

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute is the premier source for quality hospitality education, training, and professional certification, serving and needs and advancing the excellence of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.

Elizabeth Johnson 
  Academic and Allied Marketing Manager
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