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The Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston Honors
Hospitality Employees For Going Beyond Their Jobs

HOUSTON, TX, Nov. 16 - Normally, Friday the 13th has an ominous reputation, but in 2009, it was a day that told the Greater Houston area how lucky it is. This Friday the 13th, Houston area hotels and lodging facilities came together at the Fifth Annual Hospitality on Parade Gala to pay tribute to the men and women in its ranks who make the industry work.
Food & Beverage Award (Tie)
Alvaro Lopez, Banquet Server, Omni Houston Westside
Steven Meador, Kitchen Utility, J. W. Marriott

Guest Services Award
Bruce C. Lange, Front Desk Clerk, Hilton University of Houston

Operations Award
Albert Santos, Chief Engineer, Residence Inn Houston Medical Center

Allied Partner Award
Nelson Gumm, President & CEO, AJR Media Group

Houston Spirit Award (Tie)
Amy Popp, Public Relations Manager, Four Seasons
The Staff of the Hyatt Regency Houston

From a visually-impaired desk clerk who arranged to have an associate drive him to find an non-allergenic soap for a guest winning the Guest Services Award to a banquet server who organized a fund to pay funeral expenses of an associate tying for Food & Beverage Award, the 2009 award winners demonstrated how hospitality employees go so far beyond just doing their jobs. 

The Greater Houston hospitality industry will celebrated its own Friday, Nov. 13, by recognizing these employees and many others during the black-tie event. Chairing the black-tie event for the fifth straight year was Doug Horn, former Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitorís Bureau as well as a lifetime member of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston.
The awards gala was held at the Hilton Americas Hotel.  The evening was co-hosed by The Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston and The University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.       
Candidates for the awards are nominated by their peers and employers, and winners are chosen by a panel of industry leaders outside Southeast Texas. 
Recognized internationally for its preeminence in the hospitality industry, the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management meets the high demand for education in management, leadership and the numerous disciplines of the complex hospitality industry.
The HLAGH represents the hotel industry that provides over 25,000 jobs in the city and is responsible for an economic impact of $9.8 billion in revenues. The Association strongly believes in supporting the community through outreach events such as its Bike Building Event Camp Hospitality for HISD students.


Stephanie Haynes
Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston
(713) 437-5230

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