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08/26/04 - MEIA Announces Continued Education fo

10/12/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 354-5260 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 The Maine Innkeepers Association Announces Continued Education for its Members and Their Employees Freeport, ME – August 26, 2004 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, today hosted its “Hiring H2B Visa Employees” education seminar for MEIA members and their employees. The Seminar, held at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta, focused on all facets of hiring and retaining employees. An hour long presentation entitled _Hiring H2B Visa Employees_ featured Vaughn LeBlanc, the Alien Recertification Specialist for the Maine Department of Labor, who detailed the procedures for obtaining H2B visa workers and the status of H2B legislation pertaining to issues relating to 2004 cap. There was a panel discussion and Q&A period with a panel of individuals who specialize in alternative employees. This panel included: Tara Corbett of International Placements, who addressed the use of J-1 visas; Linda Turner of Adnel Employment Services, specializing in United States Virgin Island workers; and David Tom of the Seasoned Worker Task Force. Mimi Gough from Andover College also joined the panel, discussing the use of college students through direct hires, internships, and field experiences. Mary Ann Samuel from the Career Centers of Maine provided insight on using these great employer/employee facilities more efficiently. Susan Peavey a travel specialist for visa, USVI and Puerto Rican workers, also joined the group. Deb Gallant of D. Gallant Associates in Portland presented a skills seminar on hiring and retention techniques. The presentation revolved around three topics: Recruiting and Retaining Talent, Selecting the Right Person for the Job and the Secrets of Motivation. “We are thrilled to be able this hot topic seminar to our members,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. “The presentations were being given by top experts in the field and we are so grateful to them for sharing this invaluable information with us.” About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation is affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, that 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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