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California Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes Stars of the Industry;
Jack Campbell Inducted into the CH&LA Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 2, 2008 - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) inducted Jack Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Lodging, Inc. into the CH&LA Hall of Fame tonight in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The Hall of Fame award is CH&LA’s most prestigious honor, presented to California hoteliers or industry executives recognized for outstanding contributions of leadership, service, and professionalism to the California lodging industry and the community at large. 

Jack Campbell was the 21st recipient of the CH&LA Hall of Fame award. As President & Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Lodging, Inc., with 19 properties in seven states, Jack was honored for his devotion of time and talent in strengthening the lodging industry. And the California Hotel & Lodging Association can never thank Campbell enough for all of the time and effort he has devoted to making us successful - as the Audit Committee Chairperson and a member of CH&LA’s Board of Directors for over 15 years, Campbell also serves on the Executive Committee of CH&LA. Campbell has been instrumental in the stewardship and oversight of CH&LA’s Educational Foundation investments, in addition to CH&LA’s employee retirement plan. 

Jack Campbell has a long history of volunteer activity including past president and current treasurer for the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, which provides emergency financial assistance to employees and families of the Highway Patrol. In addition, Campbell volunteers as past chairperson and treasurer for the Downey Regional Medical Center and its Memorial Trust Foundation, as well as for the Downey Police and Fire Foundation. 

“Jack’s talents and hard work have enabled him to succeed and give to others at a level that the rest of us can only admire," said James O. Abrams, President & CEO of CH&LA. “It’s an honor to induct such an exemplary lodging industry professional into the CH&LA Hall of Fame.” 

Stars of the Industry award winners

The Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, were given for employee, manager, and general manager of the year, as well as the lodging property achievement awards for community service, guest relations, and the environmental category of good earthkeeping. 

The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year award recognizes an employee of a CH&LA member lodging property who goes above and beyond normal job responsibilities. Nominees are judged on outstanding and unusual service to the property, to the guests, and to the community. The winners were Mr. Tanvir Sheikh, Desk Clerk, Mr. Jose Cisneros, Maintenance Staff, Ms. Maria Cardenas, Head Housekeeper, all of the Vagabond Inn, Los Angeles; Ms. Mary Stone, PBX Operator, Doubletree Guest Suites, Anaheim; and Mr. Kevin Wong, Storeroom Assistant, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco. 

The Outstanding Manager of the Year award recognizes exceptional performance by a supervisory employee to their subordinates, to guests, and to the community. The winner was Mr. Philippe Striffeler, Director of Food & Beverage, Hotel Nikko, San Francisco. Outstanding General Manager of the Year award winners were Ms. Maureen Raynaud, General Manager/Managing Partner, Dolphin Bay Hotel & Residence, Shell Beach; Mr. Wes Tyler, General Manager Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, San Francisco; and Mr. John Steinbach, General Manager, Embassy Suites Resort Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe. 

A Community Service Award is given for a program that demonstrates to residents that the individual property is responsive to the local community. Examples include campaigns to benefit local or national service organizations or charities, service to any part of the community through a special project, and joint undertakings with community groups for the benefit of the area. Community Service Awards were given to the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, San Francisco and the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central, San Diego. 
Guest Relations Awards and Special Event Awards are given for programs that develop a climate conducive to new or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, provide special services, reverse negative public relations situations, or effectively solve guest complaints. The Guest Relations Award winner was Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, San Francisco and the Special Event Award winner was Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado. 

Good Earthkeeping awards recognize lodging properties that have developed a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations. The program must demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas: energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, water conservation, purchasing and business issues. Good Earthkeeping Awards were given to the Wuksachi Lodge, Sequoia National Park and Barona Valley Ranch & Casino, Lakeside. 

“The California Hotel & Lodging Association is very proud of these award winning members,” said James O. Abrams, President & CEO of CH&LA. “Our congratulations go out to these employees and properties for their excellent and noteworthy contributions to the industry.” 
About CH&LA 

This year’s Hall of Fame event was presented by USA Today, with major sponsorship funding provided by HRH Insurance Services of California, CH&LA’s endorsed insurance provider. Additional sponsorships from the State Employee Hotel Directory and the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. A very successful silent auction of items donated by CH&LA members, all benefited the CH&LA Political Action Committee, CHALPAC. 

About CH&LA 
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its 1,800 members, which comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893. CH&LA is on the web at 


California Hotel & Lodging Association
Jim Abrams, 916-444-5780 

Also See: The California Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes Stars of the Industry; Tim Bridwell Inducted Into the CH&LA Hall of Fame / February 2007
Michael K. Handlery the 18th Recipient of the California Hotel & Lodging Association Hall of Fame Award; Honored for Tireless Support of the Lodging Industry / February 2005


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