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12/20/06 - MEIA Announces its 2007 Officers and Ex

12/20/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 The Maine Innkeepers Association Announces its Officers and Executive Committee Freeport, ME – December 20, 2006 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce that Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort in Sebasco Estates has been re-elected as President; and that Ron Churchill, Bear Spring Camps, Rome, will continue in his role of Chairman of the Board for 2007. Bob Smith started his career in the hospitality industry in Maine over 28 years ago as a night porter at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. He then went on to become the proprietor of both the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites at Saco Plaza in Saco, and Sebasco Harbor Resort near Popham Beach. The Harbor Resort, which Smith still owns, was purchased in May of 1997 and he has since invested over $4 million in renovations in his time there. Smith recently served as President of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce. He is past Chair of the Maine Tourism Commission and current Chair of the New England Inns & Resorts Association. In his position as President of the Association, Smith will help lead the Board in promoting the Association and assisting the Executive Director with day-to-day decision-making. “I am honored to have been re-elected as the President of the Maine Innkeepers Association, as it’s a huge compliment to be considered so highly by ones peers,” said Bob Smith. “This is an important Association to our industry in this state and I look forward to a successful 2007!” Ron Churchill owns and operates Bear Spring Camps with his wife of twenty years. Established in1910, 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. He attended the University of Southern Maine. In his role as Chairman of the Board of the Association, Churchill will continue to assist the Board in promoting the Association and serve as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and Treasurer of the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation. “I am thrilled to have been re-elected as Chairman of this top quality association. It does some wonderful things for its members and I am proud to be associated with it,” said Ron Churchill. “I look forward to another fun year!” New members of the 2007 Executive Committee include Connie Russell of the Samoset Resort in Rockport, At-Large Member. Connie has served on the Board since 2003 and is active on the Boards of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as President. The other new addition, Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels, is a past veteran of the Executive Committee and returns by virtue of the Legislative Committee Chair being added to the Executive Committee due to a by-laws change made at the 85th Annual Meeting & Conference. 2007 Executive Committee Chairman of the Board – Ron Churchill, Bear Springs Camp, Rome President – Bob Smith, Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates First Vice President – Scott Cowger, Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell Second Vice President – Jack Donovan, Inn at Naples, Naples Treasurer – Sue Ferrell, Down East Village, Yarmouth At-Large Member – Jim Ostrowski, Inns at Blackberry Common, Camden At-Large Member – Connie Russell, Samoset Resort, Rockport Senior Advisor – Gus Tillman, Holiday Inn By The Bay, Portland Legislative Chair- Peter Daigle, Lafayette Hotels, Bangor AH&LA Representative – Vern Cook, Best Western Senator Inn and Spa, Augusta “It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Bob Smith as President, and Ron Churchill as Chairman on the Board of our association; they are both well respected in this industry and have worked really hard to support us in our mission,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We also are excited to welcome new additions to our board, and look forward to a successful year in 2007.” 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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