2017 Lodging Awards recognize employees who make a difference for guests and communities

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In keeping with the annual tradition of honoring the hard work and great service provided by employees in Washington lodging, the Hospitality Association celebrated the Stars of Washington Lodging Awards winners on Oct. 23, 2017 during the Washington Lodging Convention at Tulalip Resort Casino.

Members from around the state nominated a total of 30 lodging employees and managers, telling heartfelt stories about their dedication to deliver great guest experiences, giving their best to their teams and making a difference in their communities. In the end, the judges chose 13 exceptional winners. Awards were also given to Rainier Guest Services (Good Earthkeeping), Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Community Service) and the Mayflower Park Hotel (Innovation).

In the employee categories, the Paving the Way Award made its debut to recognize women who are leaders in their businesses, role models in the community and mentors committed to raising up those around them. The inaugural winners were Carla Murray, senior vice president of Marriott International and Julie Cohen, regional general manager of the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Spokane/Sterling Hospitality. Murray and Cohen will represent Washington in the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards competition.

Here is the full list of the talented individuals recognized as 2017 Stars winners:

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • Paula Buck, Front Office Supervisor, Courtyard by Marriott Richland Columbia Point
  • Jamilla Dixon, Breakfast Attendant, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Seattle/Northgate

General Manager of the Year

  • Warren Beach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Everett and VP Of Operations, SMJ Management
  • Sean O’Rourke, General Manager, Courtyard Seattle Downtown Lake Union

Lodging Employee of the Year

  • Angela Grant, Front Desk Supervisor, Canterbury Inn, Ocean Shores
  •  Jianzhen Li, Restaurant Server, The Westin Bellevue

Lodging Manager of the Year

  • Markie Hamlin, Hotel Controller, Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Vanessa Polson, Holiday Inn Express Spokane Downtown

Paving the Way Winners.

  • Julie Cohen, Regional General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Downtown Spokane/Sterling Hospitality
  • Carla Murray, Senior Vice President, Marriott International

 

View the list of nominees and award categories here.