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09/07/04 - MEIA Hosts The 2004 Stars of the Indust

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 HOSTS THE 2004 STARS OF THE INDUSTRY EVENT Freeport, ME – September 7, 2004 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, today hosted the 2004 Stars of the Industry luncheon. The event, which recognizes employees within the state’s hospitality industry, was held at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. This is the second time that the Maine Innkeepers Association has hosted the Stars of the Industry event, and it had enormous response, with all types of lodging members - B&Bs, hotels, inns, motels and resorts - responding with nominations. There were 48 Stars of the Industry being honored, each best representing the quality, service and spirit of hospitality, and demonstrating exemplary professionalism, exceptional service, outstanding personal performance and commitment to their property and guests. In addition to the keepsake awards program, each employee received a special Star of the Industry t-shirt, a certificate of recognition and a unique laser engraved Star of the Industry Maine-made award. Kathleen Shannon, co-anchor for “207” at WCSH6, was the emcee of the event, and was helped by many sponsors and allied members to give out the awards. Please see the attached page with the list of awards and the recipients. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our Stars of the Industry program this year,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. “It is wonderful to be able to honor those people who are behind the scenes in our industry.” “Their dedication, loyalty, and kindness all add to their professionalism, and make us proud to be an association that represents them,” he continued. 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. 2004 Stars of the Industry – Employees of the Year Category: Foodservice Leslie Cavarlho, Black Point Inn, Scarborough Aaron Glover, Samoset Resort, Rockport Shirley Goldrup, Hampton Inn, Freeport April Lucas, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth Chris Chaffee, Freeport Cafe and Best Western Freeport Inn, Freeport Christine LeClair, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor Category: Recreation/ Spa Aaron Banks, Black Point Inn, Scarboroug Brian Morse, Hampton Inn, Freeport Emily Moreau, Samoset Resort, Rockport Category: Front Desk / Guest Service Ted Brown, Hampton Inn, Freeport Glen Esman, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston Carla Nadeau, The Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit Thomas Fasulo, Portland Regency Hotel, Portland Mary O’Connor, Riverside Inn, Bangor Roger Sandberg, Black Point Inn, Scarborough Vicki Rose, Comfort Suites, Freeport Beth Selby, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland Susan Savage, University Inn, Orono Nick Struzzerio, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth Linda Silvia, Samoset Resort, Rockport Robert Barrett, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor Todd Emery, Best Western Merry Manor Inn, South Portland Abby Flynn, Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront, Portland Zuzana Kasperova, Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport, Portland Kimberly Averill-Demeny, The Newcastle Inn, Newcastle Category: Housekeeper / Roomkeeper Kim Cilley, Long Lake Camps, Princeton Darlene Joy, Samoset Resort, Rockport Beckie Lewis, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston Adrienne Lagasse, Hampton Inn, Freeport Barbara Dube, Comfort Suites, Freeport Katie Moore, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth Cynthia Parker, Portland Regency Hotel, Portland Cheri Waterman, Black Point Inn, Scarborough Ursula Sodano, Atlantic Oakes by the Sea, Bar Harbor April Chubbuck, Best Western Freeport Inn, Freeport Linda Farnham, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor Tammy Packard, The Welch House Inn, Boothbay Harbor Lori Heath, Best Western Merry Manor Inn, South Portland Balbina Arzu, Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown, Portland Category: Maintenance / Groundskeeper Mike Barrett, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston Ruth Murphy, Hampton Inn, Freeport Craig Morgan, Comfort Suites, Freeport Robert Schinck, Econo Lodge, Bangor Paul Putnam, Black Point Inn, Scarborough John Profenno, Inn By The Sea, Cape Elizabeth Mike Kelley, Best Western Black Bear Inn, Orono Wayne Reynolds, Best Western Merry Manor Inn, South Portland William “Bill” Harvey, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor

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