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Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association's 2010 Golden Pineapple Awards
Honored Central Florida’s Outstanding Hospitality Employees

CFHLA hosted the 2010 Golden Pineapple Awards recognizing Central Florida’s
outstanding hospitality employees

ORLANDO, FL (January  28, 2011): On Thursday evening, January 27th, at the DoubleTree Hotel 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 superior service.  This “Academy Awards style” dinner celebration honored the finest members of the hospitality industry, recognizing the “crème de la crème” employees from 13 different categories:

Outstanding Administrative Employee of the Year

Jenny Commons, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

Outstanding Bell Person / Concierge Employee of the Year

Steven Ballot, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Outstanding Community Service Employee of the Year

Miriam Ayala, The Peabody Orlando

Outstanding Convention Center / Banquet Employee of the Year

Jairo Lopez, Hilton Orlando

Outstanding Culinary Employee of the Year

Edgardo Baytan, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa / Embassy Suites - Lake Buena Vista

Outstanding Engineering Employee of the Year

Michael Grace, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Outstanding Food & Beverage Service Employee of the Year

Pollyanna Pizarro, Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration

Outstanding Front Office Employee of the Year

Lauren Elder, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Outstanding Housekeeping Employee of the Year

Amy Huang, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Outstanding Laundry Employee of the Year

Arisner Agenor, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Outstanding Recreation Employee of the Year (Pool/Children’s Program/Spa/Golf)

Shawn Coughlin, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Outstanding Security / Loss Prevention Employee of the Year

Debbie Maye, Villas of Grand Cypress

Student Intern

Monica Shaw, Sheraton Vistana Resort

Over 180 employees were nominated for awards, representing 40 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 and be photographed with Mayor Dyer, who also offered a toast at the beginning of this dinner.

Mayor Dyer toasts Golden Pineapple Awards nominees.

Additionally, CFHLA presented a total of 9 collegiate scholarships (totaling $9,000) to family members of hotel employees.
For more information about how CFHLA is advancing tourism and the community through hospitality, please visit our website:
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is the world’s largest regional hotel association, representing approximately 80% of the hotels in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties and over 117,000 of their employees


Erin K. Hellkamp
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association 
7380 Sand Lake Road, Ste. 300 
Orlando, FL 32819 
Phone: 407-313-5035

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