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American Hotel & Lodging Association Presents 2011 John Whitaker Award to David Goldstone
and State Leadership Awards to Members of Each Partner State Association in
Recognition of Their Assistance with AH&LA Programs

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2011 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the winners of the John Whitaker Award and the State Leadership Awards during the first day of the association’s annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS).

David Goldstone, CMHS, vice president of sales & hotel relations, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, received the 2011 John Whitaker Award, which is presented to an outstanding hotel supplier for their dedication to and innovation within the industry.  The AH&LA Allied Executive Council selects the award recipient, which is named for a long-time hospitality veteran who served as international sales manager for SICO America, Inc., until his death in 2007.  A 17-year hospitality industry veteran, Goldstone was previously with Panasonic Hospitality and Australian manufacturer Tango Products USA.  He has served on the AH&LEF Golf Classic Committee since 1998, and was named a member of the AH&LA Centennial Committee in 2009.

The State Leadership Awards, formerly known as the Most Valuable Volunteer Awards, were created in 1998 to honor standout members in each partner state association who help implement and strengthen programs. Award recipients, who are chosen by AH&LA’s partner state associations, included the following:

Yvette Hebard
General Manager, Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge
Fairbanks, AK

Brian Johnson
Managing Director, Loews Ventana Canyon Resorts
Tucson, AZ

Linda Collins-Smith
Owner, Days Inn & Suites, Pocahontas
Pocahontas, AR

René Boskoff
General Manager, Monterey Marriott Hotel
Monterey, CA

Dan Pirrallo
General Manager, Millennium Harvest House
Boulder, CO

Keith Overton
President, Tradewinds Island Resorts
St. Petersburg, FL

Charlotte Kang
Vice President, Colliers PKF Consulting USA
Atlanta, GA

Ernest Nishizaki
President, Kyo-ya Management Company, Ltd.
Waikiki, HI

Jim Gould
Vice President, Portfolio Hotels & Resorts
Schaumburg, IL

Michael Conner
General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest
Indianapolis, IN

Katie Doherty
General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites, National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD

Michael J. Downing
Vice President, Auxiliary Services, Johnson & Wales University
Seekonk, MA

Rick Winn
Vice President and Managing Director, Amway Hotel Corporation
Grand Rapids, MI

Lara Lubinski
Director of Operations, Holiday Inn Express
Butte, Great Falls, and Missoula, MT

Ron Morin
Vice President and Managing Director, Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

Rebecca Eastham
Director, Business Development, Meridian Technology Center
Stillwater, OK

Philip A. Guarno
General Manager, Fenicci’s Ristorante
Hershey, PA

Robert Ayers
General Manager, Residence Inn by Marriott
Warwick, RI

Bill Mish
General Manager, Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN

Barron Hobbs
General Manager, Hilton College Station & Conference Center
College Station, TX

Kimberly Christner
CEO, The Beck Company
Williamsburg, VA

Robert Y. Dove, Jr.
General Manager, Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel
Neenah, WI

John Eastman
Owner, Inn on the Creek
Jackson, WY

For more information on the State Leadership Awards or the John Whitaker Award, please visit

About AH&LA
Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.


Kathryn Potter
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