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11/29/06 - 2006 Innkeeper of the Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LOCAL RESIDENT AS THE 2006 INNKEEPER OF THE YEAR Freeport, ME – November 29, 2006 – Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, recently awarded the recipients of the 2006 MEIA Members Awards at its 85th Annual Meeting & Conference, which was held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The Innkeeper of The Year Award was given to Ron Chuchill of Bear Spring Camps in Rome. The Innkeeper of the Year Award is given to an active lodging operator who has contributed significant time and effort toward the improvement of the Association. Ron Churchill owns and operates Bear Spring Camps with his wife of twenty years. Established in1910 by his wife’s family, the American plan resort sits on Great Pond in Rome, Maine. Churchill has served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Innkeepers Association for over ten years. Currently Churchill holds the position of President of the Association, and leads the Board in promoting the Association and assisting the Executive Director with day-to-day decision-making. Churchill attended University of Southern Maine “I am honored to have received the Innkeeper of the Year award from the Maine Innkeepers Association, especially with all of the talented members in this association,” said Ron Churchill. “While I was on my way to the podium to accept this award, I had in my mind so many people to thank, so many more deserving. When I got to the microphone I found myself surprised not only by being chosen, but by the emotion that poured from me.” “To be recognized by your peers is flattering and makes me believe in the work we are doing. I am happy to share this award with my wife, our family, and the staff that have worked so hard to help make our property a success,” he continued. The following four recognition awards were also presented to MEIA members: Allied Member of the Year Award – Dan Waxman, The Boston Globe, Portland Special Service Award – Agnes Beloin, Beloin’s on the Maine Coast, Camden Community Service Award – The Liberty Family, Liberty Hospitality Group, Rockland Hall of Fame Award – Fred Kilfoil, Milbrook Motel, Scarborough “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, “We have been honored to have Ron Churchill serve our board as President and appreciate his time and efforts given to our association, as well as our industry as an exceptional Innkeeper.” 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 ###

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