Weekly Update: Hospitality Pros Honored at Convention

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Restaurant, Hotel Pros Honored at Hospitality Convention

The best of hospitality from throughout the state were honored at the Washington Hospitality Convention Sunday at Renton’s Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year: Amanda Landers, Pan Pacific Hotel, Seattle
  • Innovation Award: Derek Simcik, Thompson Seattle
  • Paving the Way Award: Kim Straight, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Sumner
  • Employee of the Year (lodging): Meg Spiegelberg, Embassy Suites Pioneer Square, Seattle
  • General Manager of the Year (lodging): Scott Snofsky, Hilton Garden Inn, Bellevue
  • Employee of the Year (restaurant): DelRae Evans-McLain, Wild Ginger, Seattle
  • General Manager of the Year (restaurant): Tyler Winters, Farrelli’s Pizza, Lacey

Read more here.


Counterfeit Bills Circulate in Tacoma

Ten fraud complaints have been reported to the Tacoma Police Department regarding counterfeit $20 and $100 bills in the past two weeks, according to KING 5 news. The police department warned businesses and residents to be vigilant of counterfeit currency and to follow bill verification procedures when accepting payment. Learn how to spot fakes here.


Your Input Needed: Listening Sessions Scheduled on Overtime, Salary Threshold

The Department of Labor and Industries announced it will hold additional listening sessions on the overtime and salary threshold employment rules for executive, administrative and professional (EAP) workers on Nov. 27, 28 and 29. We need your voice and comments as the department considers changes to these pre-draft rules. To learn more about the listening sessions, click here. If you have questions about the listening sessions or would like to attend one, please contact Julia Gorton at juliag@wahospitality.org.


Seattle: Alaskan Way Viaduct Construction Road Closures

With the imminent demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, roads in Seattle around the construction will see closures and detours. This week: SR 99 southbound will be closed from 5 p.m. Nov. 16, until 5 a.m. Nov. 19. The closure extends from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to South Spokane Street. For a full list of street closures and detours surrounding this project this week, click here.


Join Us! Government Affairs Committee Meeting Dec. 11

The bi-annual Government Affairs Committee meeting is 1:30-4 p.m., Dec. 11, at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. The State Government Affairs Team will finalize the 2019 Legislative Priorities Issues Matrix during this meeting. This is your opportunity to offer input on the issues sure to come up next session. To RSVP, click here. 


Gig Harbor City Council Reads Plastic Bans

The Gig Harbor City Council read two plastic ban ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night. The ordinances would limit the use of Styrofoam, plastic bags and straws. The ordinances were supported by a majority of the public in attendance.

The ordinances will receive a second reading later this month and at that time the council will vote to approve or reject them. You can listen to the city council meeting and read the ordinances in full on the Gig Harbor city website.


Spokane: Night in the Spotlight Winners

Thanks to all who came out to Night in the Spotlight, our annual event to raise funds for ProStart.  Award winners this year were:

  • Community Impact: No-Li Brewhouse
  • Industry Innovator: Zona Blanca
  • Industry Legend: Tim O’Doherty

Read more here.


Spokane Hotel Motel Association Meeting

The Spokane Hotel Motel Association will hold its November meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 9015 W. Highway 2, Spokane. We’ll have a standing agenda and discuss gaining membership in 2019.

Email Toni Hansen to reserve your seat.


Restaurant Awards Deadline Extended

The National Restaurant Association awards nominations for the Restaurant Neighbor Award, the Faces of Diversity Award and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award are now due Nov. 19. These awards recognize our industry’s impact on diversity, community service and hospitality in local communities across the country. Visit national’s website to apply or nominate award winners for 2019. Questions? Contact Jasmine Jones at (202) 315-4101.



Dawn Jones Successful Training Solutions on This Week’s DineNW – Listen Online!

In this special broadcast, Host Andy Cook speaks with Dawn Jones, founder of Dawn Jones Successful Training Solutions and author of the bestselling Top 7 Personality Challenges about how to identify, connect and communicate with the people we encounter based on our (and their) personalities. Get a free e-copy of Top 7 Personality Challenges by emailing Dawn here at info@dawnjones.net. Listen here.



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