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Scott Cowger Named MEIA's Innkeeper of the Year 09

11/17/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Rauni Kew kewr@glance.net (207)602-8500 Maine Innkeepers Association Names Scott Cowger of Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast & Conference Center Innkeeper of the Year Freeport , Maine November 17, 2009���.Scott Cowger, Innkeeper/Owner of Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center in Hallowell, was named Innkeeper of the Year by the Maine Innkeeper�s Association (MEIA) at their 88th Annual Meeting & Conference held at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor, on November 3. Peter Daigle of Lafayette Hotels presented the prestigious award, given annually to an active lodging operator who has demonstrated a significant commitment toward the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association. Cowger is a recognized leader in sustainable hotel operations being co owner of the first property in Maine to achieve certification as a Green Lodging and Environmental Leader from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The list of �green firsts� goes on with the installation of a wind turbine and Maine�s largest solar electric array at Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center. Outside of his Innkeeper�s role Cowger is a certified engineer, and served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1996-2004 and one term in the Maine State Senate from 2004-06. Scott was Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources in his tenure in the Senate. �It is an honor to be recognized by a very wonderful group of people � my peers in the innkeeping industry,� stated Cowger. �It has been very rewarding being an entrepreneur for the past 17 years in a vocation that sincerely cares for people, and I have had many enjoyable moments speaking up as a former member of Maine�s state legislature on behalf of an industry that cares about our guests, our families, our economy, our environment, and our way of life here in Maine.� �I have enjoyed bringing Maple Hill Farm, along with my partner Vincent Hannan, from a small bed & breakfast with shared baths to a larger, more luxurious facility with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, plus a full-service conference center hosting events and weddings year-round,� Cowger said. Cowger is also active in numerous tourism organizations including the Maine Innkeepers Board of Directors, the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, the Maine Farm Bed & Breakfast Association, the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade. He was previously involved with the New England Innkeepers Association, the Maine Tourism Association, Maine Nordic Ski Council, Pine Tree State Arboretum, and the Theater at Monmouth. A graduate of Brunswick High School, Cowger went on to Swarthmore College graduating in 1982 with a degree in civil/environmental engineering, and has completed several graduate level civil engineering courses at the University of Southern Maine. 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 700 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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