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10/11/04 - Boothbay Harbor Employees Announced a

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 LOCAL BOOTHBAY HARBOR EMPLOYEES ANNOUNCED AS 2004 STARS OF THE (HOSPITALITY) INDUSTRY Freeport, ME – October 11, 2004 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, last month announced the winners of its 2004 Stars of the Industry Awards at a luncheon held at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Awards were given to 48 recipients in five categories. Five of those winners were from Boothbay Harbor. The following winner was announced as “Front Desk/Guest Service Employee of the Year”: Robert Barrett, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor ~ “Robert is a person who exhibits enthusiasm and perfection in his duties. He enjoys doing his job, and doing it well,” says Management, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn. The following winner was announced as “Maintenance & Groundskeeping Employee of the Year”: William “Bill” Harvey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Boothbay Harbor ~ “Bill’s good nature and availability, and ability to do what is asked of him and to do it well are a true asset. He is always ready to help and assist anyone that asks him to do a job be it large or small ~ and he does it cheerfully and well,” says Management, Fisherman’s Wharf. The following winners were announced as “Housekeeper/Roomkeeper Employee of the Year”: Linda Farnham, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor ~ “Linda is a dynamic team player who keeps our Inn in first class shape. During our J2B Visa crunch she pitched in, did double work loads and trained staff cheerfully and expertly, even though some were new to housekeeping at the Inn,” says Management, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn. -more- Tammy Packard, The Welch House Inn, Boothbay Harbor ~ Tammy Packard joined the Welch House team after its opening in the spring of 2003, and has since risen to the position of senior housekeeper. Despite having little experience in the field, she quickly demonstrated eagerness to learn, an exceptional ability to perform the duties asked of her, and initiative to perform tasks beyond the scope of the job. Responsible for maintaining quality and training new staff, she shirks no task, regardless of its difficulty. “Tammy presents a cheerful and professional face to guests. She maintains consistently good humor and good effort, and takes pride in her work. We would be lost without her!” exclaims Management, The Welch House Inn. The following winner was announced as “Food & Beverage Employee of the Year”: Christine LeClair, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor ~ “We could not do the special functions, weddings etc. let alone the day to day running of our restaurant without Christine’s dedication and hard work. She is the Best. Great personality, work ethic and has a wonderful rapport with the staff and management. Again she is the Best!” boasts Management, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn. This is the second time that the Maine Innkeepers Association has hosted the Stars of the Industry Awards, 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. “It is wonderful to be able to honor those people who are behind the scenes in our industry – they are really what make hospitality tick in Maine.” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. “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. ###

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