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Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association Honors Outstanding Lodging Employees and Properties Featured

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Press Release

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., January 15, 2021 — The Annual Stars of the Industry Awards was held at the Renaissance Waterford Hotel on January 14, 2021. This program, presented by the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, is designed to honor Oklahoma's outstanding hospitality professionals for their service and commitment to the guest service and hospitality industry. Our partners in support of this lodging award program include Auto-Chlor System, Clearwater Enterprises, Cox Business Services, HDSupply, Heartland Payment Systems, McGregor Insurance Group, Mold & Virus Control LLC and US Foods.

This year, submissions resulted in 29 nominees from properties of all sizes among the nine categories – proof of Oklahoma’s outstanding employees and properties. Honorees were each nominated by the owners, General Managers or Human Resource departments of the recipient's property.

The Stars of the Industry Award recipients are as follows:

Heart of Hospitality

-        Enoch Toby New, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Celena George Riverwind Hotel, Norman

-        Maria Sosa, Aloft OKC Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Food & Beverage Employee of the Year   

-        Clemeyia Davis, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Robert Therrien, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

-        James Watson, Aloft OKC Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Outstanding General Manager of the Year 

-        Chase Rollins, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        James Cunningham, Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown, Tulsa

-        Skip Harless, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Room Keeper of the Year   

-        Maria Sosa, Aloft OKC Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Novilyn Booker, Riverwind Hotel, Norman

-        Sharronda Griffin, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

-        Maria Llames, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Front Desk Employee of the Year   

-        Mike Qubain, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Michael Bullock, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Lodging Employee of Year   

-        Michael Pearne, Embassy OKC Medical, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Linda Farries, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

-        Johnnie Reed, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Front of House Manager/Supervisor of the Year

-        Matthew Kirtman, Riverwind Hotel, Norman

Nominees

-        Samantha Harvey, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Lawton

-        Lorna Hughes, Aloft OKC Downtown-Bricktown, Oklahoma City

-        Nicole Keath, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

-        Edward (Eddie) Peacock, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Outstanding Back of House Manager/Supervisor of the Year

-        Chris Barton, The Skirvin Hotel Hilton, Oklahoma City

Nominees

-        Sergio Moncada, Winstar World Resort and Casino, Thackerville

-        Velvet Ward, Riverwind Hotel, Norman

-        Paul White, Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma's Women in Lodging (OKWIL) Leader of the Year

-        Tanna Vu, Best Western Plus, Weatherford

Nominees

-        Mackenzie Plank, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma award recipients will be submitted to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) to compete in the national Stars of the Industry Awards competition. National winners will be honored during the AHLA Summit to be announced later this year.

Incorporated in 1974, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is Oklahoma's trade association for the hotel and lodging industry. The OHLA actively provides advocacy, education and resources for operators and professionals in all types of lodging businesses throughout the state of Oklahoma. The OHLA is a state partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and represents $12 billion in business sales, more than $6 billion in guest spending and $2 billion in hotel industry wages and salaries.