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Pedro Mandoki Named Resort Executive of the Year

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 8, 2005) -  Alabama-based hospitality industry veteran Pedro Mandoki has been honored as the Resort Executive of the Year for 2004 by hospitality and resort industry professionals convening at the 2005 Resort Management Conference at Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, AZ.  Mandoki, president and CEO of Plantation Resort Management, Gulf Shores, Ala., and current chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is the 31st individual to receive this coveted award.

The Resort Executive of the Year is awarded to the resort executive who has demonstrated superior management ability, a commitment to staff training and motivation, active participation and leadership in lodging industry association activities, support of legislation beneficial to the lodging industry, and leadership within his or her community. The presentation of the award is one of the highlights of the annual Resort Management Conference sponsored by the University of Denver.

Mandoki oversees all operations of Plantation Resort Management, which is a leading vacation rental and property management company.  The company manages the Gulf Shores Plantation resort, one of the largest condominium resorts in Alabama.

A 40-year lodging industry veteran, Mandoki has spent his entire career fostering the growth of the travel and tourism industry in Florida and Alabama.  Among the honors conferred on Mandoki during his distinguished career in tourism:

     * Florida Hotelier of the Year, bestowed by The Florida Lodging Association in 1981.
     * Recipient of the Alabama Hospitality Award, presented by the Alabama Hotel & Motel Association, 1994.
     * Recipient of the Alabama Tourism Award, presented by the Alabama Hospitality Association, 1999.
     * American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Most Valuable Volunteer, representing Alabama, 2000.
     * Recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce.
     * Induction into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame, by the Alabama Tourism Partnership, 2002.

Mandoki has served with distinction in tourism leadership roles in both in Florida and Alabama for decades.  He is a past chairman of the Florida Governor's Tourism Advisory Council and past president of the Florida Lodging Association and the Alabama Hotel & Motel Association. He has dedicated considerable energy to hospitality education, serving as a guest lecturer at Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Fla., Florida State University, Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

He was the founding chairman of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitor's Bureau, and remains on the organization's Board of Directors.   Mandoki has also contributed substantial time and effort to civic and trade organizations in both Florida and Alabama.

In 1999, Mandoki co-authored "Resort Condominium and Vacation Ownership Management: A Hospitality Perspective," the first book published by the AH&LA's Educational Institute on Condominium and Vacation Ownership Management.

Born in Hungary, Mandoki emigrated to Mexico at a young age.  He is a graduate of the University of Morelos, Mexico, and embarked on his career in the hospitality industry in the United States in the early 1960s.  He has served in operations, administration and related capacities with some of America's leading hotel and resort operators.

Mandoki's selection was made by a committee of peers from within the lodging and hospitality industry, including Jerry Cohen, Vice-Chairman of Canyon Ranch; Richard Cotter, Executive Vice President of Hotel Operations for Wynn Las Vegas; Bill McCreary, President of Tishman Hotel Company; Paul Schultz, Managing Director of the San Luis Resort and the 2003 recipient; and Dr. Peter Rainsford, director of the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program at the University of Denver.

The award is co-sponsored by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell (YPB&R), Orlando, Fla., America's leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency specializing in serving travel and leisure-industry clients, and the University of Denver School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management.

2005 Resort Management Conference
      Ms. Nicci Crowley
Telephone: 303-871-4266

Also See: Wrap Up: Fourth Annual Resort Management Conference; Paul Schultz Chosen the Resort Executive of the Year for 2003 / May 2004

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