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10/30/06 - MEIA Announces its 2006 Member Recognit

11/13/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Announces the Recipients of its 2006 Member Recognition Awards Recipients presented awards this week at the MEIA Annual Meeting & Conference at Samoset Resort Freeport, ME – October 30, 2006 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, today announced the recipients of its 2006 Member Recognition Awards. Five members are to be awarded these recognition awards at the MEIA 85th Annual Meeting & Conference this week (Oct. 30th – Nov. 1st) at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. The following four recognition awards will be presented to MEIA members: Allied Member of the Year Award – Dan Waxman, The Boston Globe, Portland This award is presented to an allied member of MEIA that is active in the hospitality industry and has made a significant contribution to it on behalf of the supplier community. Dan Waxman has had a career in the hospitality marketing industry since the mid 80’s, and has worked for The Boston Globe Media for eight years, where he covers New England travel and tourism advertising sales. He is a member of several regional tourism associations and currently serves on the board of directors for the Portland CVB. He is also a past board member of the Maine Innkeepers Association. Special Service Award – Agnes Beloin, Beloin’s on the Maine Coast, Camden This award is presented to an active lodging operator, an allied member or any other person in the lodging /hospitality /tourism industry who has contributed to the improvement of the industry as a whole. Agnes Beloin is a unique lady who has owned and run the cottages in Camden for about 60 years. At 90 years old, she is still active in the business for about 8-10 hours a day, and mostly greets guests at the front desk. Until last year she was the bookkeeper for the property; bookkeeping was her profession by trade. Agnes has traveled all over the world, but loves where she is in Maine; and the guests love her too! Community Service Award – The Liberty Family, Liberty Hospitality Group, Rockland This award is presented to an active lodging operator member who has taken part in community activities, and who has made a contribution personally, or in the name of the industry or his/her property, toward that community. Liberty Hospitality of Maine is the parent company of the Trade Winds and Navigator Motor Inns in Rockland; The County Inn at Camden/Rockport in Rockport; Cedar Crest Motel in Camden; and the Glen Cove Inn & Suites in Glen Cove. The Liberty Family has been providing Maine hospitality for over 40 years. This award is given to the Liberty family in grateful appreciation of its unparalleled generosity. Hall of Fame Award – Fred Kilfoil, Milbrook Motel, Scarborough This award is presented to a retired tourism professional who, over a period of ten years or more, contributed though personal involvement and interest to the betterment of the Association and the lodging/hospitality/tourism industry in the State of Maine. Fred Kilfoil and his wife Phyllis have owned and run the Milbrook Motel since 1978. Since that time it has transformed from a small 6-unit “mom and pop” property into a 20-room property with lots of character – the readerboard changes constantly to read quirky phrases like “The little motel that could”…or “A best restin’ motel.” “It gives the Association great pleasure to be able to recognize the achievements of our members with these awards,” said Gregory Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association, “The Association has a long list of star members who contribute both to the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as the communities around our state. This is just one way that we can show our gratitude to some of them.” About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. ###

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