OH&LA's Stars of the Industry Awards Honor State Lodging Professionals
The Annual Stars of the Industry Awards was held at the Sheraton Reed Conference Center in Midwest City on January 14, 2014. 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, Smith Travel Research, Texoma Paving & Construction, The Culinary Institute of Platt College, and US Foods.
This year, submissions resulted in nearly 50 nominees from properties of all sizes among the 10 non-education categories – proof of Oklahoma’s outstanding employees and properties. Merits and accomplishments were realized for the calendar year 2013. 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:
Outstanding Community Service of the Year – Small Property
Riverwind Hotel, Norman
Outstanding Community Service of the Year - Large Property
Hyatt Regency, Tulsa
Outstanding Front Desk Employee of the Year
Jessica Bloye, NCED Conference Center & Hotel, Norman
Outstanding Food & Beverage Employee of the Year
Jeana Freeman, The Northwest Inn, Woodward
Outstanding General Manager of the Year - Large Property
Jeff Keeley, Hyatt Regency, Tulsa
Outstanding Roomkeeper of the Year
Cassandra King, The Northwest Inn, Woodward
Outstanding Lodging Employee of Year - Small Property
Stephen Leonard, Ambassador Hotel, Tulsa
Outstanding Lodging Employee of Year - Large Property
Vanessa Martinez, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Bricktown, Oklahoma City
Outstanding General Manager of the Year - Small Property
Candi Matthews, Best Western Blackwell Inn, Blackwell
Outstanding Manager/Supervisor of the Year
Steven West, Hyatt Regency, Tulsa
Oklahoma's Women in Lodging (OKWIL) Leader of the Year
Dena Jones, Champion Hotels
Oklahoma award recipients will be submitted to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) to compete in the national Stars of the Industry Awards competition. National winners will be honored during the AH&LA Summit in March 2014.
All Stars of the Industry nominees are recognized.
Outstanding Roomkeeper of the Year, Cassandra King of Northwest Inn in Woodward, accepts her award from Regina Fort, Clearwater Enterprises, her GM Stephen Kohl, and Katherine Lugar, AH&LA President/CEO.
Jessica Bloye accepts the award for Outstanding Front Desk Employee of the Year from Matt Burn, Heartland Payment Systems, along with her GM Robbie Tawil, and Katherine Lugar.
The Outstanding Food and Beverage Employee of the Year awarded to Jeana Freeman, Northwest Inn, Woodward. Jeana is shown with her GM Stephen Kohl, award partner Leslie Fish of The Culinary Institute of Platt College, and Katherine Lugar.
Steven West, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, accepts his Outstanding Manager/Supervisor of the Year. Shown with GM Jeff Keeley, Katherine Lugar, and Lauren Faulkner of award partner STR.
The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year - Small Property went to Stephen Leonard from Ambassador Hotel Tulsa. He accepted the award with his GM William Kinser, Heather McGregor of McGregor Insurance Group, and Katherine Lugar.
Breck Hamrock and Shawn Thomas of new Star partner HD Supply present the Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year - Large Property to Vanessa Martinez from the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Bricktown. Bryan Fulton of the Courtyard and Katherine Lugar assisted in the presentation.
Katherine Lugar and Chris Knipe of Auto-Chlor Systems present Candi Matthews, Best Western Blackwell Inn, with her Outstanding General Manager of the Year Award.
Jeff Keeley, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, accepts his Outstanding General Manager of the Year award from Katherine Lugar and Scott Blevin, of Star partner Cox Business Services.
Staff and General Manager Bryan Davis of Riverwind Hotel accept the Community Service of the Year award - Small Property from Katherine Lugar and Michael Swanson, new Star partner, Texoma Paving & Construction.
Doug McBrayer (upper Right), with Star partner US Foods and AH&LA's Katherine Lugar, present the Community Service Property of the Year award to GM Jeff Keeley and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.
Dena Jones, Champion Hotels, accepts a new Star award, the Women in Lodging Leader of the Year, from Katherine Lugar, AH&LA President.