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2018 Stars of the Industry Awards and 2019 Board of Directors Election

New Haven, CT - October 3, 2018 - The Connecticut Lodging Association (CLA) held their 114th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on October 2nd, 2018 at the Delamar Southport.

Announcing Connecticut's 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards
The CLA's "Stars of the Industry" awards were created to recognize outstanding achievements in Connecticut's lodging community. Nominated by members of the CLA, the winners on the state level automatically compete at the national level in the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) Stars of the Industry Awards in spring, 2019.

2018 Employee of the Year Awards:

  • Outstanding Front Desk Associate: Cherene Cotter, Hilton Hartford 
  • Outstanding Housekeeping Associate: WilMarie Vazquez, Hartford Windsor Marriott 
  • Outstanding Sales Associate: Timothy Grant, Hartford Windsor Marriott 
  • Food & Beverage Associate: Joyce Perry Wright, Hartford Windsor Marriott
  • Manager of the Year: Brianna Griffing, Hyatt House Windsor
  • General Manager of the Year, 150 rooms or less: Traci Lashomb, Microtel Inn & Suites 
  • General Manager of the Year, 151 rooms or more: Steve Matiatos, Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale

* Images of awardees are available upon request.

Announcing 2019 CLA Officers & Directors
President Jeff Muthersbaugh, Nehemiah Brainerd Bed & Breakfast, Haddam
Vice President: Steve Matiatos, Courtyard by Marriott at Yale
Secretary: Lynn Dell, Doubletree Bristol
Treasurer: Jon Norton, Omar Coffee Company
Immediate Past President: Victor Antico Jr., Holiday Inn Express, Vernon 
Past President: Michael Trosin, Marriott Hartford/Windsor

Term Ending 2019
Mike Ferguson, Courtyard by Marriott, Orange
John Lombardo, Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa
Michael Marques, Hampton Inn Shelton
Duane Schroder, Waterford Hotel Group

Term Ending 2020
Terri Almond, Hilton Mystic
Brian Hunt, Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
Traci LaShomb, CHA, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Uncasville
Dinu Patel, Rodeway Inn & Suites Branford

Term Ending 2020
Mark Graham, Homewood Suites Hartford
Dustin Kovats, Marriott Hartford
Nick Lorusso, Hilton Hartford
David Mattesen, Hyatt Windsor
Ted McCallum, Hilton Stamford
Fernando Solis, New Haven Village Suites
Win Smith III, Greenwich Hospitality

Scott Phelps - CVB Representative of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau
Bud O'Donnell - Allied Representative of Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, PC
Bob Forcier - Education Representative of Mitchell College

About Connecticut Lodging Association

Representing Hotels, Motels, B&Bs, and Tourism Related Business since 1904

The Connecticut Lodging Association plays a crucial role for all types of lodging properties by advocating for legislation, regulations, and resources that create a favorable business climate to promote a robust lodging industry within the state. CLA is a partner state association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Contact: Ginny Kozlowski / 860-635-5600

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