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Connie Russell Presented President's Award 09

12/15/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew kewr@glance.net (207) 865-6100 Greg Dugal, Executive Director 207-602-8500 Maine Innkeepers Association Cornelius Russell of Samoset Resort Awarded President’s Award for 2009 by Maine Innkeepers Association Freeport , Maine December 5, 2009……….Cornelius Russell was awarded the President’s Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at their 88th Annual Meeting & Conference held at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor, on November 3, 2009. This award is presented to the outgoing President for meritorious service during his or her tenure. Cornelius “Connie” Russell served as President of the Association in 2008 and 2009 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2004. A second generation hotelier, he joined Ocean Properties Limited in 1987 and has held management positions at multiple flagged and independent hotels in Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, Arizona and Florida. He has been the General Manager at the Samoset Resort since 1999 where he has overseen numerous capital improvement projects. Connie has served or serves on the board of directors as Past President of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, State Vice President of the New England Inns and Resorts Association, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Rockland Rotary Club. Photo: Cornelius “Connie” Russell (left) is presented with Maine Innkeepers Association’s President’s Award for 2009 by Bob Smith (right) of Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates. 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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